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I always put a red ribbon in my horses tails just to keep riders off their 
butts.  It amazes me how some riders must be colored blind and can't see the 
red.  I put a long streamer of red ribbon so it is very obvious.
I was on a ride coming into the finish on a very wide dirt road, towards end 
of pack so no excuse for racing, well this lady comes barreling up on my 
horses tail with a red ribbon and runs into him, go figure, well anyway he 
doesn't really kick out, but does the warning slamming down of back foot.  I 
got after him and then turned to lady and she had the nerve to say and I 
quote "After 50 miles I thought he would be to tired to kick"!!!  Can you 
believe that!!  She wasn't having a problem or anything and to this day I do 
not know why she did that.  
I think sometimes a red ribbon in the tail means "the get as close as you can 
to see if horse really does kick."  "Seeing is believing kind of attitude" 
Riders, PLEASE, be forewarned about red ribbons, they really are in the tails 
for a reason, and riders if your horse does kick, please be honest with 
yourself and put a red ribbon in the tail.  It doesn't mean your horse is any 
less then the non kickers just he needs a little extra more space. 

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