Join Date: May 2012
Location: In deep southern IL by the Shawnee National Forrest
• Horses: 0
I thought it might be you but was not sure from your handle here! Good to hear from you. Don't get discouraged. If this was easy, everyone would do it instead of riding around an arena.
I realized something a while back. You have two choices in this sport, and either one is valid. You can either do everything completely safe and get miles and never take any chances. Most likely, you will have a great completion rate. It will be wonderful, but to me, boring.
You can take risks of using more than one horse, bringing along new ones, trying to do the same ride on the same horse quicker and eventually in some circumstances you will have what looks like "failure". As long as this "failure" is not dangerous to the horse, this is part of the learning curve. I really strive to keep a completion rate above the arabian rate so this is a thin line to walk.
As far as the comment on reading our posts and coming east, THANK YOU VERY MUCH! The truth is I want my wife and I to get to even more rides than we do, but it is very expensive for us. Most rides are at least 1000 miles round trip and I have to be away from my business and keep paying the staff at the same time. My second business is training gaited horses for endurance and then offering them for sale. I don't mean 'prospects" but horses with actual aerc records. So, when we travel , I have to pay someone to tend them.
Hope to get east, but for now it is the midwest and south.
How about you guys?