Here is a random thread to share my excitement and worry.
So, I've been conditioning Kitty for a couple months now. We did the "fun run" at Red Barn not long ago, so I got a taste of the endurance process. I've been doing 25 and 50 mile multi-day CTRs for years, so distance isn't anything new to me.
A friend invited me to Camp Osborn at the end of the month. Kitty's been handling training rides like a champ, and I think she's ready for a 50. She hasn't done an endurance ride in two years, and I myself have never done one.
It's going to be very interesting! I don't know anyone in AERC. I sort of want to request a "mentor" to hang out with me for a couple miles and chat with me at holds and answer stupid questions... But I don't know if AERC does that like NATRC does.
I'm a bit nervous about pacing it out. Kitty prefers a slow canter to a medium trot. Should I just let her canter the whole thing if she so chooses (and she isn't struggling)? We mostly canter our conditioning rides and she's good for it.
Any other tips?