Just Because They Can Doesn’t Mean They Should

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There is no shortage of opinions in the horse world: If you asked five equestrians about their preferred method of, say, stall cleaning or wound management, chances are you’ll get six different answers. But something I’d like to think most owners and riders agree on is that when you’ve struggled with an equine lameness, the ultimate goal once soundness returns is keeping that horse sound and doing what he or she loves to do for as long as possible, without risking further injury. That’s my goal with Dorado, at least, and it wasn’t more than a few days ago that I had something of a revelation on this topic.

Just because Dorado could compete at a higher level doesn’t mean he should. After several lameness scares, keeping him healthy and sound is more important than moving up the levels

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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