Competitive Trail Riding
The Veterinary Judging
P&R stands for Pulse and Respirations, two of the criteria used in determining the condition scores of your horse.
Every ride will have a P&R Captain who heads up a crew of 2 person teams that will do the P&Rs at the designated stops.
It is recommended that you learn how to take P&Rs on your horse, as it will help you in your conditioning efforts.
Base line P&Rs are taken during check-in, and the vet judge will give you the acceptable parameters for the horse's P&R levels during that evening's ride briefing,
and the number of P&R stops during the ride.
The evaluation of condition shall include, but not be limited to the following:
- P&R recovery
- attitude and willingness
- Muscle soreness
- mucous membranes
- hydration and capillary refill
- bowel sounds
- sweat and salivation
- eating and drinking
During the ride, there will be a morning and afternoon P&R stop somewhere on the trail. This will usually be after a stress producing exercise like a trot in or hill climb. The recovery/outgoing P&R will be taken 10 minutes after arrival at the stop. If the horse doesn't meet the minimum recovery levels announced by the vet at the riders meeting, the horse may be held an additional 10 minutes and another reading taken. If a horse fails to recover to acceptable levels after this time, the vet may make the decision to pull the horse from the ride for the safety of the horse.
Trail Ability and Manners 15%
Rider showing a good way to restrain the horse for P&R. Typically, the pulse rate is taken by listening to the heart with a stethoscope.