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post #1 of 21 Old 05-09-2014, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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First 50 for Kitty and I Soon!

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?
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post #2 of 21 Old 05-09-2014, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Also, pictures. Because I can.
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post #3 of 21 Old 05-10-2014, 09:04 AM
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She's gorgeous! I don't know much about Endurance, but I just wanted to tell you how pretty she is!
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post #4 of 21 Old 05-10-2014, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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Aw! Thanks!
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post #5 of 21 Old 05-10-2014, 04:00 PM
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I'm still an endurance newbie so I'll let more experienced people answer. But I must say that Kitty is GORGEOUS!

Good luck!

Horse, thou art truly a creature without equal, for thou fliest without wings and conquerest without sword. - The Qu'ran
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post #6 of 21 Old 05-10-2014, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I'm pretty nervous, but I think Kitty will do fine. She's done this ride before. 5 hours and 25 minutes. Decent 50. And she's probably more conditioned now than she was then.
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post #7 of 21 Old 05-11-2014, 08:39 PM
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Lovely mare!!

You and she will be fine for a 50. Def ask around for a mentor/riding buddy if it makes you feel more comfortable (and riding with someone is a lot more fun too). I would think if you ask in the Southeast Endurance group on fb for a buddy, you will find someone (I know the Northeast group gets a lot of requests like that and SERA people seem to be super friendly in my experience).

Can't wait to hear all about it!!

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post #8 of 21 Old 05-11-2014, 10:56 PM
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You will be fine! Just express your concern at the ride meeting, and LOTS of riders will pipe up and agree to join you! Only the ones who know they WANT to win, or at least start out that way, will keep quiet. I always LOVED starting out with someone who had never done endurance before. I like to leave after the pack, and go as steadily as possible.

Kitty is really lovely!! Too bad I don't think I will be competing by that time.

Good Luck!!

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post #9 of 21 Old 05-11-2014, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys!

I certainly don't want to be a front runner, but I'd like to start out mid-pack with someone who will canter with me, yet be a nice relaxing influence on my horse and I. Someone to hang with me for the first loop and through the first vet check to make sure I have my brain in the right place, and I'm not doing anything stupid. "Wait... Does our hold start after we pulse in or vet in? How long is the hold again?" etc.

Kitty and I had a great training ride today. We did about 10 miles at 12 mph. Not too far, but she was totally unfazed, even in the 90 degree heat. She had energy abundant at the end. Sweet little horse! With some more conditioning, she might make a hundred miler one day.
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post #10 of 21 Old 05-21-2014, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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Almost all packed up and ready to go! Kitty even got a bath today. Because she's special and I want her to be pretty.

I'm still having a hard time finding someone to ride with. I'm looking for an extended trot/slow canter buddy... But that's too fast to be "slow" and apparently everyone who isn't slow isn't much of a mentor type. Maybe I could just start in the middle and end up where I end up? Keep someone in sight? I'm worried I'll pace Kitty out too fast. It sometimes hard to well whether she's actually tired or her "meh" work ethic is showing.
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