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Various thoughts/recent posts
The posts over the last couple days have left me with these impressions:
Why do some people just insist on wearing the terms "Newbie" &/ "LD Rider"
like hair shirts?
Why is telling someone they need to slow down until they've learned more
considered arrogant? (Oh yeah, we're just trying to keep Newbie's from
beating our friends)
Why is not giving "advice" to people who don't really want it considered
arrogant? (Oh yeah,we're just trying to keep you from learning our secrets)
The one thing I've learned from being around this sport for 10 years is, you
can't please everybody. I've seen many a "Newbie" show up for their 1st 25.
They get caught up in the race with experienced riders on fit horses. If
they have a good horse, they may actually "win". But have they learned
anything about taking care of a distance horse for the long term? Not
really. And I've actually heard accused "Oldbie's" of just trying to slow
them down so their friend won't get beat. Maybe the new horse lasts a season
or 2. Then comes the crash, metabolic or lameness. A good horse gone. A
rider disillusioned. Never saw it coming. "Why didn't somebody tell me?"
Somebody tried, believe me.
Is it the fault of the 25 mile racer? The "oldbie's" who didn't "force" more
education? The vet who didn't have a reason to pull the horse? The "Newbie"
for getting caught up in winning? Of course, none of the above.
The fact is, distance riding is a serious sport, with VERY serious
consequences when we screw up. Sometimes even if you don't screw up, %#!*
happens. It's easy to forget that.
Don't get so hung up on designated names, it's all a constant learning
process for everybody. Riding the longer distances just changes your
perspective of the shorter ones, whatever those distances are.
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