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In a message dated 9/26/99 6:10:34 PM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

<< I don't know that CTR is any more of a learning forum for riders.  I wish 
 were, but there's no one there either talking to newbies about conditioning,
 feeding, cooling, or how to watch your horse for distress.  People can get
 their horses into just as much trouble, just at a slower pace :-) >>

I'm sure that happens too.  Usually, however, at a NATRC ride there are more 
opportunities to ask questions and the judges are available  to answer 
questions.  Also fellow competitors are there to rely on as well.  I think 
because slight nuances in conditioning are being judged....USUALLY things are 
addressed before they become a big problem (not always).  Also, because the 
competition carries over two days, you have a longer opportunity to observe 
your horse and see what works and what doesn't (as far as what he likes in a 
camping situation, as well as competitive, etc.). At most of the NATRC rides 
that I've been to there have been special meetings for the novice group on 
Friday evening so that they can learn what to expect and what to watch for in 
their horses.  If such a meeting has not been arranged, there is usually 
plenty of opportunity for riders to question judges if they wish to.  It 
really is a good way to get your feet wet in this sport.  


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