My normally sane horse disnt get the endurance ride memo and decided to be in a rodeo. Never had buddy issues before and done several party rides with couple hundred horses, but she had always been trailered and corralled alone, this time she had a travel companion.
Got out on trail and she basically went nuts when a couple horses passed us. I tried leaving Whisky ( Shari's TB cross) and letting her run it out, didnt work she just wanted to pitch a fit and rear in place. Whisky wanted to join in the fun and evidently decided to do a bit of bucking. Which is kinda normal for him. Any way go off and jogged with her bout half a mile got back on, same stuff whiskey passed us and I caught back up and started to get her settled back down. Told Shari, no way I could do this alone, she'd have to wait on me, or I was going to have to go back. ANyway ended up riding together. Emma was lathered up at 2 miles, and ate/drank nothing on the first 15 mile loop. Got some soup in her at the hold and she pulsed down ok, vetted in with low gut sounds, but passed. 50 minute hold. Got about 3 gallons of grain soup in her, then ProBios electrolyted her, she started eating hay and drinking then. Thought about stopping in to see vet again, but saddled up and headed out on second loop. Much better, still didnt wanna leave whiskey but wasnt upset about it. We stayed together. Came to first water whole she drank a bunch , then started pooping pretty regular, second loop was rough and seemed to go on for ever. It wsnt so much as sandy, but what I call deap moondust. Around the farm fields was deep super fine dusty sand.could feel it affecting Emma's gait and didnt wanna push her. Especially considering she just started eating and drinking good. Support truck at the 7 mile loop she chowed down on alfalfa, and a bit of soupy grain. Whisky acted like an old pro, acting like he was starving the whole ride. Loop seemed to last forever and I came up on the 14 mile mark GPS with no camp in sight was getting stressed anyway turned a corner and recognized the location and walked in. Horses pulsed down fine, and Got an "A" at the final vet check vet said she looked and sounded much better, and just to be a pain, she decided that cantering on the trot back was a fun thing to do, had to do it again, Hooray ! Ride time of 5:32