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37-year-old-horse Completes Trail Ride   General: Horse-related

Started by LyndaP31; 9 views.
LyndaP31

From: LyndaP31

6/5/08

http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=11767

37-Year-Old Horse Completes First Competitive Ride of the 2008 Season


April 28 2008, Article # 11767
Nineteen days after turning 37 years old, Half-Arabian Elmer Bandit and owner/breeder Mary Anna Wood crossed the timing line on Sunday to complete his first Open Competitive Trail Ride (CTR) of 2008. Less than two hours later he vetted out sound and brought his CTR mileage total to 20,300. Elmer's lifetime mileage record is 410 miles short of the record for lifetime competitive miles.

Elmer Bandit, 37-year-old horse, completes competitive trail ride

Elmer Bandit and lifetime owner Mary Anna Wood

For more on Elmer see 37-Year-Old Horse Closing in on Trail Mileage Record.

Event equine judge Pat Regier, DVM, of Whitewater, Kan., said Elmer looked "better than he did a couple of years ago." Reiger has practiced with Countryaid Vet Service in Whitewater, Kan., for 26 years, and he has been a certified competitive trail judge for eight years.

Elmer traveled 33 miles in the event at 5 mph over hilly and muddy terrain to be allowed to continue the course on Sunday. A soft, but steady rain Saturday night made trails even more challenging on Sunday when Elmer finished another 21.6 miles at the same pace. Mud was ankle- to hock-deep in many places.

Elmer made his time and walked to the finish point with ears pricked forward. After timing in, he took a nap before the final vetting out procedure.

"He needed to catch up on some REM sleep," explained Wood.

Sweet dreams, Elmer.

ellieroo

From: ellieroo

6/5/08

Have followed Elmer since he was a young horse of 28!! Thank you for posting!

 

If there was ever a poster horse for no such thing as too old a horse he is it!!

 

He and Mary Ann have been a true partnership for all these years. What a dream come true for those who love horses as much as this group does, You Go Elmer!!!

pepsmom1

From: pepsmom1

6/6/08

Elmer is quite a guy! (And obviously has quite an owner!)

Sally in Indy

Guest

From: Guest

6/6/08

I Love it, just love it! Your are as old as you feel and doesn't he prove it!

This was a great way to start the day!

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Guest

From: Guest

6/10/08

bump
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Guest

From: Guest

6/10/08

Yes, I love this story..Keep on going big boy....
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LyndaP31

From: LyndaP31

6/10/08

Exactly!
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