Endurance!

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  1. CheyAut

    CheyAut Senior Member

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    I've always thought it would be something I'd like to do, but I've never done it. Well, that will change soon! My friend rides endurance on her mustangs, and one of them, she loans out for rides often. She's offered him to me in a ride in November, and I'm taking her up on it! I'm excited and a little nervous about the length LOL But at least riding her horse, it's just ME who needs to get conditioned haha, as her horse already is. I see longer rides in my near future! ;) And if I like it, I plan to work up my mare, Noel, to them. There's a 10 mile intro ride in December, and my mare and I have done 10 mile rides already with no problems, so I'll likely do that one with her. I'm excited! :D
     
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    Circle C Senior Member

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    I wouldn't even know where to begin to condition my horse or myself for a 10 mile ride lol
     
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    barrel_racer64 Senior Member

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    Sounds like a blast! Dad, hubby, and I went on a ~12 mile ride in the mountains for hubby to get some pictures for work, it was awesome.
     
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    You'll have a blast . Endurance riders, as a whole, are really friendly people, love their horses...a little too Parelli-esque for me, tho.

    When i did it, we were competitive, so didn't ramble along on the trail making friends, but if you find someone to tag along with, you'll make new friends. I did and i'm not very outgoing or talkative.

    Are you using an endurance saddle? You'll definitely need padded stirrups to help your knees.
     
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    Alsosusieq2 Senior Member

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    Neat, congratulations. You'll love it.
     
  6. CheyAut

    CheyAut Senior Member

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    I'm assuming I"ll be using hers for the ride I"m borrowing the horse for, and yes it is. As for mine, I've been riding in an endurance saddle for years, it's my favorite, so comfy! :)

    My friends/neighbors and I often do 10 mile rides, so that's not a big deal. 30, though... I may be a bit tired by the end HAHA
     
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    endurgirl Senior Member

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    Yes you will!! Lol!! It's fun. I miss it, although i absolutely hated the pre-start shenanigans. Tacking up an excited horse, mounting an excited horse, trying to warm up an excited horse, and then trying to stand still for the start. Adrenaline rush!!!
     
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    Been busy and haven't had a chance to get on the forum in awhile! But I completed my first ride, an LD at 30 miles, on Andrea's beautiful boy, Wyatt. The first 18 miles was no problem, and I was feeling just fine and ready for more when we came in for our hour hold. Had some food and water (after seeing to the mustangs, of course) and rest, then back into the saddle... and WOW I had NO IDEA I was sore until that point LOL!!!! The next 12 miles were TOUGH on me! Up until this point, 12 miles is the most I've ever done, and other than a prep ride (actually a "here's the horse you're going to ride, get to know him" ride), my rides are mainly walking, and when we do go faster, my main trail horses are gaited... so 18 miles of almost all trotting, then another 12 where we did a lot more walking (thank you friends! LOL) pretty much killed me HA! But I'm so thrilled to have finished! We were in the back of the pack since we took it easy, but we were all just going for completion, not placing.

    Here are pics! The grey is Wyatt, whom I rode. The bay is Andrea's other endurance stang, Lilly. And then the deep chestnut is her friend's TWH, Harley.

    The ride I was hoping to take my mare to (for a fun ride of 10 miles) was yesterday, but for a few different reasons (none of them due to Noel), I didn't ride it. However, I can't wait until I DO make a ride with Noel :)

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    CheyAut Senior Member

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    I've printed off the entry for my second race, which will be my first with my own horse! EEEK I"m excited :) It's in March. I originally planned to do an Intro ride first, but that was when I was going to do the December ride. Since I've been riding her longer lately and have some more time to as well, I decided what the heck, just do an LD. It's a 3 day one, with all levels offered each day, but I'm only going to do one day (mainly because it'll be our first, but also because there's a driving show I'm planning to enter with one of my minis the other two days LOL). The LD we will be doing is 30 miles.

    AND my super good friend and constant riding buddy just broke her ankle this morning :( And with our other riding buddy having been out since last summer and not cleared to ride until April (she messed up her knee bad), Noel and I will be doing most of our future conditioning rides solo :( Oh well, I guess that allows me to focus on Noel :)

    Figured I'd throw in a pic of Noel and I... and my husband with his GuacaMULE ;)

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