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