Originally Posted by jamesqf
I disagree: when they put you in a pine box, stick it in a hole in the ground, and start shovelling dirt on top, THEN it's too late. But not until then
I do agree with you, though this story is related...
In endurance riding, there are a number of rules about the condition of the horse and being able to even begin the ride, continue it, and be placed at the finish based on whether your horse is "fit to continue." However, there is not a single rule about the condition of the rider, and we're often in worse shape than the horses.
About ten years ago, there was a ride (I believe in Utah) with an elderly man. Most endurance riders I've met are retirement age, anyway, because they have the time and money to do such a sport. Somewhere in the last 10 miles of the ride, this man suffered a heart attack and passed away. However, the horse kept him balanced and completed the ride. The horse was deemed "fit to continue" and all other rules were met, so he was awarded a completion and was placed! (and I don't mean in a coffin... at least not at that moment)