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

In a message dated 5/27/99 1:09:40 PM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

<< >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? >>

Well, I didn't read the original post, but two things are factors here--how 
much prep did the horse (pony) have and what was the competition?  I have 
seen horses EXTREMELY fit from a lifetime of activities that were excellent 
prep and that were genetically "right" for the sport who Top Tenned right out 
of the box, and continued to do so for long careers.  I have also seen cases 
where one Top Tens because there is very little competition.  Heck, my hubby 
took our stallion Bo to an LD at the beginning of his career and WON the darn 
thing--of course, there were only 5 entries, and even though Bo and Paul took 
over 5 hours, the other four were even slower.  Ride your own ride, always, 
and never count the folks ahead or behind until it is all over.


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