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post #11 of 17 Old 01-21-2014, 10:28 AM
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I'm lucky Greentree..I've commandeered two lovely girls to help me (dd and her friend) they keep the paddock area clean and are a great help.
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post #12 of 17 Old 01-21-2014, 11:20 AM
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You can get you horse used to traveling before going this far. I have plenty of trails to train at home, but plan a few day trips before big rides, within an hour drive, to get my mare used to hop on the trailer, ride, go home. Then, you can also practice camping with your horse, even at home or where you board.

If you split the training in little bites, it won't be such a big chunk to swallow at once, when you get to the real ride. You will also get to know your horse in different settings and learn what works or not.

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post #13 of 17 Old 01-29-2014, 04:20 PM
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I am in New Mexico and the closest ride for me is 4 hours away also. There is only 3 rides in the state all 4 hoirs or more away and the rest I woukd have to travel to Arizona or Texas.

That has been a big part of not getting to our first ride yet.
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post #14 of 17 Old 01-30-2014, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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Oh how I wish I had a friend or mentor around here! :) That would be so wonderful.

And I haven't actually thought about doing shorter trips before the big ride. That is a very good idea...and practice camping and everything.

I doubt I will do my first ride this year though. My horse isn't used to trails and I lack a very important component...a trailer! :) But I am okay with the slow pace. I'm not in a huge rush and it's all about being with my horse and enjoying our time together. If it takes us five years to get to our first LD so be it! I'm just very (overly) enthusiastic about endurance riding...I really feel like it'd be a great fit for us.

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post #15 of 17 Old 01-30-2014, 08:56 PM
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Originally Posted by aureliusandoinky View Post
Oh how I wish I had a friend or mentor around here! :) That would be so wonderful.
Have you looked for one? The AERC website has a mentors list.

Do you use facebook? If so, look up a group called "SE Endurance Friends" and join it and then ask for a mentor in your area.. I bet there are more people around then you think!!

There is no joy equal to that found on the back of a horse.
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post #16 of 17 Old 01-31-2014, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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I did a ton of research last night and I bet I could find a mentor or someone to ride with for sure. There were definitely more mentors on the aerc website than I expected. I will check out that page! Thanks.

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post #17 of 17 Old 02-01-2014, 01:11 PM
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Our closest one is probably 45 mins away. But most of them are 3-4 hours away. I trailer with my endurance buddy, share the cost of gas and everything so its not too bad. My truck is in the shop so we have been taking her rig.

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