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Uh-Oh! The LD thing again

A horse CAN get almost all "A's" and STILL be dead tired...just not exhibiting
metabolic or other trouble at the time of presentation.



> I totally agree with CM Newell, DVM. (got a shorter name?)  The vets are
> there to take care of our horses/mules.  I would prefer to see them a little
> tougher than too easy.  Especially on the LDrs.  They are for the most part,
> inexperienced and have a tendency to get top ten fever. (more so than the
> fifties) (Howard)   I saw some "easy" vets at the last ride I rode (dont
> wanna say which ride) .  I also saw quite a few horses on IVs.  I passed a
> rider whose horse looked terrible.  Its head was down to its knees, it had a
> sullen look in his eyes and was barely walking.  I knew the rider, and she
> was fairly new and told her to dismount and loosen her girth and lead him to
> the vet stop.   She came in about 15 minutes behind me.  I was getting ready
> to leave when she finished vetting.  She told me that her horse got almost
> all A's.  I about fell off of the bucket I was sitting on.  I said, "Dont
> trust those scores too much.  He is exhausted and still looks like hell to
> me."  I got a funny look from her as she led her horse away.  She moved not
> more than ten feet from me when her horse went down. He spent the night on
> IV.
> As I rode out of the vet stop I wondered what the vet had been smoking or
> drinking. (a mean thing to say but that horse looked terrible)   "Fit to
> continue"  means just that.  If the girls horse actually was grade 3 then
> she shouldnt have gotten a completion.  There was more than one vet there Im
> sure, and she could have gotten a second opinion.  If the second vet said 3,
> then that should have been final.
> The rules arent there to tick us off, they are there to take care of our
> equine partners when we get brain fade.      gesa n clovis
> -----Original Message-----
> From: C.M.Newell <>
> To: <>
> Date: Sunday, October 31, 1999 4:25 PM
> Subject: RC: Uh-Oh! The LD thing again
> >At 01:21 AM 10/31/99 EDT, you wrote:
> >>In a message dated 10/30/99 3:32:49 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> >> writes:
> >>
> >><< What has happened here today?  Is it just me?  Does the guy have any
> >kids?
> >> I
> >> mean I'm talking about a 25 mile limited distance completion for a ten
> year
> >> old girl.  Her horse is done anyhow, not going out on the trail
> >> again........I just don't get it.
> >>  >>
> >>
> >>Howard!  I loved your story.  BUT.....the vets are there to protect the
> >>horses.  Not just give a completion to a cute kid.
> >
> > I have to agree, here. Lame is lame. Poor metabolics are poor metabolics.
> >What kind of message is it sending to give a completion? The horse either
> >meets the criteria or it doesn't. To give out an unwarranted completion
> >cheapens the award, and I know kids who would be downright mad to be
> >thought to be "lesser" competitors than the adults.
> > It's tough. But so is life. &*$# happens.
> >               --CMNewell, DVM
> >
> >
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