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        06-12-2013, 02:33 PM
    I say stick with the shorter distance for your first ride. It will be less stress for you and the horse. You think to yourself, Ahh... It's just 15 more miles, i'll just do the 50. Well when you are out on trail and tired ( you and the horse) 5 more miles seems like an eternity. Lol. Thankfully I had a mentor and started out on her horses who were pro's at endurance when I came along. I compete in 50 to 100 milers and if I were starting over with what I know now and did not have a mentor, there is no way I would do 50 on my first ride. Just do the 35 and go have fun. So what if you decide you need to pull, so what if you go over time. More importantly is the experience you get from it. By no means am I saying you want to pull or go over, but it happens. Just keep a watch on your time and keep it steady. Think Steady Eddie. And for the most part there will probably be someone there you can buddy up with or get pointers from. I am all about helping the newbies! I want them to have a blast and their horses to have fun also, so they keep coming. Endurance, believe it or not intimidates a lot of people that would like to try it, but don't have anyone to teach them. I don't know about other regions, but my region has a first time riders meeting after the riders meeting the night before the ride. Maybe your region has something like that?

    Anyways, listen to your horse, watch your time and most importantly- Have fun!!! Good luck!
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        06-21-2013, 11:54 AM
    Go for it

    You sound like you have the best attitude for endurance. How long have you been conditioning? There's little difference between a 35 and a 50. With your attitude, a 50 would be fine. I'd ease up on the pace though. 7 mph for your 1st 50 isn't bad, but 6 mph is better. It depends on your goals. Do you want to compete? Do you want to ride this horses for years and years? I ride my horses slow for 500 miles of competition before thinking of increasing the pace. At that time, I let them go faster. Good luck.
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        06-23-2013, 05:20 PM
    Hey guys! Thanks for all the awesome responses!

    I decided not to do this ride. Boo! Worked picked up and I had to travel and have been unable to put time and miles on Dory consistently for a few weeks so she's had off and got to mingle with buddies a large paddock. Definitely a road-bump in my plan. Fortunately, things are settling back down and hopefully they remain that way. Rode her today and she did amazing for all the time she's had off. Dare I say she did better in the arena than our last ride after this break? Weird. Glad she isn't one to get spoiled or lose too much condition when given a break.

    But, I don't think I have enough conditioning time remaining and I don't want to risk it. We might still go just so she can get out and experience the hustle and bustle but without the added stress of doing the ride.

    Originally Posted by Joe4d    
    Another thing is to set yourself up for success. Look at the ride calander and pick your ride. Your on a QH ? I think you mentioned. Pick the colder less humid time of year to debut.
    She's an Arabian, a little thicker than average however. Also seems to be an "easier keeper" than the average Arab if you know what I mean, haha. That's something the break didn't help...

    The farm is thinking about having an endurance ride this Sep/Oct when it's a bit cooler. This might be an even better opportunity; it will give us plenty of time to condition and it will be great as our first ride since it's right at home.

    In the meanwhile, more conditioning (and more lessons) for us! :)
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