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Re: RC: Fwd: RC: Pony Power, Little Big Horses? -- SAY WHAT?

In a message dated 5/26/99 8:05:44 PM Pacific Daylight Time, 

<< My pony, a 13.0H Welsh stallion did his first ride at Leatherwood Mountain 
 Challenge in April '99.  He placed 7th in the 25 miler at 4.5 years old.   >>

OK, here we go.  I have a problem with a horse/pony (whatever) top tenning a 
25 miler on his first outing.  What were you thinking?  Sorry, this is coming 
out kind of harsh, but this is no way to build a distance horse/pony 
(whatever).  Having observed consistently the way 25 milers ride their 
horses/ponies (read whatever)  when they're "going for it"... they should be 
riding motorcycles.  At the Coso Junction ride this year I saw a 25 mile 
horse  who had top tenned literally fall over at the trailer.  I have seen 
numerous 25 milers riding totally out of control and hell-bent-for-leather, 
damn the horse.  I know (before you all flame me) that this isn't the 
attitude of ALL 25 milers.  However, I definitely would not be bragging about 
a horse/pony (whatever) top tenning a 25, ESPECIALLY at 4.5 years old!!!!  
This is horse abuse, plain and simple.  Leigh, I know that you are an 
experienced endurance person, I would love to hear the rationale for this 
type of "conditioning".  Not to get the LD thread going again, but I couldn't 
stay quiet on this one!


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