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        03-12-2014, 11:17 PM
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    Oh great, thanks!! I will look for one. Mine turns to the outside on my wrist, so it requires two hands to read....annoying!

    Nancy
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        03-13-2014, 12:11 PM
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    Weanling
    Horseaplenty, the NATRC ride you describe is exactly like where I live. Hills, short ups and downs with little flat here and there. Good conditioning but I cannot teach my horses to keep a steady trot for more than a few minutes. And every event I attend is all flat trails. Don't we all have our training challenges...

    About the Garmin, I have the 305 and only problem is the "start-stop" button is easy to hit by mistake while riding. I've lost info like this more than once. Is the 310 the same?

    Snow storm yesterday and another one heading our way tomorrow. -20C this morning. I envy anyone riding in a shirt...
         
        03-13-2014, 02:52 PM
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    Originally Posted by Eole    
    I have the 305 and only problem is the "start-stop" button is easy to hit by mistake while riding. I've lost info like this more than once. Is the 310 the same?

    Snow storm yesterday and another one heading our way tomorrow. -20C this morning. I envy anyone riding in a shirt...

    I haven't ridden with the 310 enough yet to know, but I did sometimes have issues with hitting the buttons on my 305. Will let you know how it goes!


    While I may have been riding in a tshirt 2 days ago, today its a balmy 14F with 30+mph winds.. meaning the windchill is somewhere around -20F. Needless to say, I am not riding today!!
         
        03-13-2014, 05:25 PM
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    I used to hit the buttons on my Timex ALL the time, but only when I NEEDED it, like timing a lap.....never just trotting down the trail!

    I rode the fairy princess horse today with the 310. We did 2 miles in the woods....good to know I have not been lying about my mileage, lol!! THis mare does not walk as good as her mother yet. Her mother walked about 5 mph, always like she had someplace to GO!! Alaska walks about 3.5, but is still a little unsure, so maybe she will relax and speed up. Todays lesson: how to walk on rocks, and there are KITTY CATS in the woods!!

    Her HR was not being picked up most of the time, but we did not even trot more than 20 steps, so no big deal.

    Nancy
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        03-14-2014, 04:32 PM
      #105
    Foal
    Need to get out today. To darn pretty to stay in, but have a ton to do around here and company coming for dinner...isn't that always the case it seems. Things are finally drying out though! So excited about that.
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        03-14-2014, 07:42 PM
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    The wind is HOWLING here, and I worked on cleaning the barn most of the day. So, I worked my upper body. I was going to ride, but I was tired of the wind!

    Nancy
         
        03-17-2014, 09:02 PM
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    Had been hoping to get some riding in this weekend, but yet again momma nature had other ideas. It wasn't too bad Saturday morning, but by the time I left work it was overcast and the winds were howling. Sunday the temp plummeted and the wind was still roaring, with real feel in the low single digits.

    Today wasn't very warm (a balmy 24), but the wind had dropped to a gentle breeze, so it was rideable. We got so lucky the big snow storm went south, so we had some clouds in the morning but the sun was actually breaking thru by the end of the ride. DH had to work, so I rode Dream and ponied George again.

    Footing varied from frozen snow/ice to frozen mud (the only good kind!).






    After I got done with the ride, I decided it was time for Gamer to remember she wasn't feral. I brought her in, tacked her up, and took her for a 2 mile walk (in-hand) around the fields. She was wonderful for the tacking up, but was a touch distracted for the start of the walk. Some ground work got her focused and she was soft and relaxed by the time we got back. I actually got on and off her a couple times from various places and she didn't bat an eye.






    2014 mileage
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    03/11/14 dream 10.39 miles 5.3 mph 151.88 total miles
    03/17/14 dream w/george 15.66 miles 6.2 mph 167.54 total miles
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        03-27-2014, 06:40 PM
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    Weather finally cooperated and I got some much-needed saddle time in on Sultan. Says something about how ugly the winter has been when 34 with only a light wind was exciting ride weather.. our normal high for this time of year is 50!

    Once nice thing about the raging winds lately was that they did a pretty good job drying up all the melting snow. The snow is gone most places, with only the big plow piles or protected north sides of slopes hanging around. The ground isn't totally dry, but it was dry enough the overnight low froze it into something that was almost nice footing!






    When I came home on a trail I hadn't attempted to travel all winter because its generally wet (therefore would be a sheet of ice), wasn't I horrified to find this:



    Who needs a nice wooded trail anyway?! *sigh* The downside to riding on private land.. nobody to stop the landowner from making "improvements."


    Once I got back, out came the clippers and Dream and George got clipped for the upcoming ride. Seemed insane to be clipping a horse when it's still so cold outside, but the weatherman swears its going to get warmer after today..






    Of course their blankets went right back on after the clipping was done. By this time last year, everyone was nekkid. This year, they are still in their middleweights!


    2014 mileage
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    03/17/14 dream w/george 15.66 miles 6.2 mph 167.54 total miles
    03/27/14 sultan 12.04 miles 6.7 mph 179.58 total miles
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        03-31-2014, 10:21 AM
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    I got the Garmin fixed! It works really well now. Now that my endurance training has been derailed for a bit due to vaccinations. Three horses reacted to them, Tootsie, the worst (of course!!). It also cost me an arm and a leg, so it will be a month or so before I recover from that, since diesel went UP 20 cents!

    I will just be riding my gray mare and my fairy princess horse here at the house, getting them prepared for endurance!! The gray mare is for sale if anybody knows anybody.

    Nancy
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        03-31-2014, 11:11 AM
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    Originally Posted by greentree    
    The gray mare is for sale if anybody knows anybody.
    What are the details on the mare? I have a friend looking for a biggish (like 15-16h) husband-safe trail horse.
         

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