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Re: RC: tevis horse wanted: response to dreamweaver
At 05:45 PM 6/25/99 -0700, you wrote:
>wendy Lumbert email@example.com
> My own horses are not for lease
>for any price, I don't want them ruined.
So why not ride your own horses at Tevis?
>I do pay people to ride them when
>I cannot but want them to do a race with someone who rides well and will
>follow my instructions. Apparently this is a novel concept to more than
>one ridecamper; that is the only reason I am responding to you. Sure is a
>lot of sarcasm out there.
Why do you assume that because somebody leases a horse that they won't take
care of that horse? Or won't take care of the horse per the owners
instructions? Seems to me like somebody paying a large sum of money to
lease a horse for Tevis has a goal in mind - to complete the ride. Most
people aren't out to trash or over-ride horses. You do see the riders at
Tevis on leased horses taking excellent care of them. They want to
complete as bad as anybody else.
But why would somebody that has nothing invested (free horse, free entry)
be as careful? How would the person lending the horse and paying the entry
know that the rider cared that much about the horse. If they don't
complete, big deal. They aren't out much.
Most people do care about their horse. They care a lot about their horses
-- especially one that they have spent the (several) years necessary to
build a horse up to the level of being able to complete a ride like the
Tevis. Allowing anybody to ride your horse in a ride like Tevis is a
serious decision to be made - whether you charge a fee or not. Most people
realize the value of a horse that has been brought to that level and to
them their horse is worth a *lot* more than just to let somebody else ride
it and in addition pay the ($275) entry fee. What about the risks
involved? *Any* horse entering a ride like that could end up being
treated, hurt, injured, having it's career ended, or worse yet, it could
die. This with or without a conscientious rider. Accidents
happen. Anybody contemplating letting their horse be ridden at Tevis by
somebody else should at the very least carry medical/mortality insurance on
the horse. There is too much at stake, and I just thought it was asking a
big much for somebody not only to supply a stranger with a horse that was
at Tevis level, but also willing to pay their entry fee. Who gets the buckle?
But then again, it's their risk.....I would not be willing to risk one of
my horses like that. A Tevis ready horse is a valuable commodity, and IMO,
not something to be given away so freely.
I realize somebody might want their horse ridden in Tevis, just to be able
to say that the horse did Tevis. Obviously whether or not somebody lends a
horse out, or leases a horse out...they need to check out the person who
will be riding the horse beforehand. It's a two way street with good and
bad on both sides.
Good luck finding a horse.
& Weaver, 2,880 miles
& Rocky, 1,595 :+)
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