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

I was just a bit surprised that anybody would think that a horse (or pony) 
completing one 25 mile ride (heck, or even a dozen 25 mile rides for that 
matter) would be considered as "excelling in endurance".

Heck, an endurance horse ain't proven till he's done a couple thousand 
miles.  Okay, maybe a thousand....but definitely not any less than that.  ;^)


At 01:02 AM 5/27/99 -0400, you wrote:
>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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Happy Trails,

in NV
& Weaver, 2,680 miles
& Rocky, 1,445  :+)

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