Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
Hmmm.... My endurance journey is coming along in fits and starts, not the least of which is an expected 9 month deployment next summer. That really puts a kink in the ride time. :) Anyone need a lease? Lol.
That said, I bought my guy two years ago and he and Flash sound like they could be brothers! At nearly 9, my "for sale because he's too spooky" QH has turned into a nearly bombproof gelding. He's learned everything I know how to teach and has handled having a fair handful of other people ride him without batting an eyelash. Add that to a willingness to just keep going and a little bit of a competitive streak (his, not mine, and just enough to add some oomph) and I couldn't ask for more.
We attempted three LDs last season, with our only non-complete being the first one, which had many factors that went into it (heat, humidity, lack of experience on both our parts, riding someone else's ride, etc). Our last ride more than made up for it. We went from a non-complete to a completion to a "wait, are we done already?" that has me considering a 50 this April. He eats, and eats, and eats, and drinks well (though only after the first 10 miles when it's cool) and doesn't fuss about other horses coming, going or doing anything else. The only 'con' is that he wants to slow down and be the most pathetic "only horse in the world, may as well lay down and die" if he can't see anyone else out on the trail. I will have to get tough with him- the one and only time that happened I was too concerned I had broken my horse to realize he was playing me... up until the end when we saw other horses again, anyhow! Now I know that trick.
Given that both my horse and I are rookies and still learning, I expect we'll have quite a few more fits and starts and bumps along the way, but so long as he's healthy and sound and we're both having fun, it's all good. I've benefited from a lot of good, experience mentors along the way, so they've tried to keep me out of the weeds for the most part, and for the most part I've been able to listen and apply things well.
ETA: Tracking mileage sounds great! I wish I could do that. I just am too absent-minded about that stuff though. I usually forget to bring my GPS, and when I do bring it, I usually forget to turn it on! So I do pretty much all my riding and training with no GPS, no heart rate monitor, nothing fancy. Very low-tech. I usually remember a map and my watch at least though! I am going to try to remember to put my compass in my bag too, so it can just live there. I know how to use a map and compass, so it's good survival equipment for me. :)
Last edited by Sharpie; 12-27-2013 at 01:53 PM.