Off to my first LD :) - Page 2
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Endurance Riding

Off to my first LD :)

This is a discussion on Off to my first LD :) within the Endurance Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category

    Like Tree10Likes

     
    LinkBack Thread Tools
        01-05-2014, 06:36 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    Good luck!

    Have a great ride!!!
         
    Sponsored Links
    Advertisement
     
        01-06-2014, 09:45 PM
      #12
    Foal
    We have returned all in one piece:)

    We had an interesting ride. As happens to many of us, I wasn't able to ride it like I had planned because my horse had other plans :)

    We started out up front because I had no idea where we were starting and when they announced the leader taking us out, I realized I was hanging out right there. So I walked out with them anyways and he went along nicely. Then we started trotting out and he got a little more excited. No worries, I expected it. We those three get ahead and we hung back a little. There were about 50 some odd riders behind us, but about a 1/3 of a mile or so back.

    Luka screamed for about 3-4 miles of the start of the ride, looking for other horses, but he didn't try to turn around or run off with me...just bunchy and excited. He settled a little and we loose reined it for a little while with an occasional check in :)

    THen we hit the cow field...complete with all colors/ages of cattle. Yay. He went left, he went right, his head went the opposite direction as we encountered some stern looking cows. Saddle slip was occuring and so I hopped off real quick. Some nice riders coming up asked if I was okay and I answered I was, but that I just needed to adjust a bit. Got back on and asked him to move out and quit being a looky-lou. He did and they complimented his nice movement :)

    We kept on and he was going well. There is a mix of trail there, but most of it is squishy deepish sand...so a lot of cantering was going on. My two friends caught up to us and we headed on. Our horses didn't drink too well on that loop, but mine did a little and ate any bits of tender green he found in the watering holes. So that was good.

    We knew we were getting close to the end and then we noticed a horse with no rider in the pasture behind us. We had just politely asked to pass their group of five riders. We blocked both exits with our horses and the horse eventually came up to us. I caught it and when she arrived we handed it over. I was a bit surprised at the teen boy who came through us, without saying a word or asking us to move-that was not very polite. We didn't notice him until he was right on us. He ended up 30 sec ahead of us at the in-timer...what comes around goes around buddy. We walked into the vet hold to check in.

    Vetted in with all A's, except a B on Skin Tent and an A- on Gut Sounds. Pulsed in 5 min after check-in at 15, but vetted in at 14 and after his trot out he was down to 13.

    Got him sponged down, covered and he dug into his bucket of soaked watery hydration hay/feed/alfalfa cube mix. He ate the half bucket (which was a lot of water so that was great) and then we saddled up and headed back out. We left out a few minutes late because I didn't quite realize how fast 45min goes :) and I picked up my junior rider because her mom had to pull. So she and I headed out. All was going well and he was energetic. Until we came to another field of cows and calves lol. This time he dead stopped. Two cows were standing about 100 ft apart and facing each other but looking at us....I had to really push him to get him to slowly creep through the space! He wanted to trot off from there, but I made him walk and when we turned the bend, we let them move out again. Loose rein still and we come to a sharp turn...whoops... a little saddle slip as he spun to the side and popped his rear up and around, thus popping me up onto the knee poly's (OUCH). I've got a nice little bruise. But he stood still and I readjusted. This is an issue since he blows out and is shaped like a 55 gallon drum, lol.

    We headed on, passed a few other riders who were walking along and we stopped at every available water area to allow them to drink. They did so a few times so that was good. Came to the in timer and found out that we were possibly in the 9th and 10th places! Woah. Did not even think that was where we were.

    Vetted in, all A's, except A-'s in Mucous Membranes, Jug Refill, and Skin Tent. I expected that since he wasn't drinking as much as I'd hoped on the trail. Pulsed in at 13, 3 minutes after the time in and vetted in at 10 with a 12 after the trot out.

    Then we headed back to cool off, clean up, feed/water and get ready for the check-in on Best Condition. He got 7- 10's, 3- 9's, 1- 8 and 2- 7's (for Gut sounds and Back/withers). He trotted out nicely for me (after I had to give a little swing with my lead rope), but I he went along beside me quite perky and calmly. I am very proud of him and his effort. I never had to push him and he did very well. The vets complimented how he looked and he only misbehaved for our vet-in when we arrived (spinning around as the vet tried to pulse him, lol. But he'd vetted him before at another intro ride we did and remembered that he was so calm then :) )

    We ended up in 9th place with my junior rider right before me. No best condition, but the vet said he looked like he did his first ride very well.

    We will be checking out our saddle fit since there was heat back there. I cannot have him sore.

    All in all,a very great ride and I'm glad we went. He'll now get the week off to recover and we'll be back to work after that.

    20140103_115455.jpg

    20140103_160854.jpg

    20140104_120458.jpg

    20140104_124916.jpg

    20140104_132754-1.jpg
         
        01-07-2014, 12:15 AM
      #13
    Weanling
    Congratulations! He is really cute, especially in that last picture. It's like he's giving you a hug.
         
        01-07-2014, 12:40 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    Congratulations 😊
    Posted via Mobile Device
         
        01-07-2014, 12:02 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    Congratulations on a job well done. I loved reading the story.
    I agree the last picture is really cute.
         
        01-07-2014, 12:09 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Thanks. He loves to stand with me like that. He was such a ham and people really got a laugh, or a groan if you were standing too close ;) when he started talking to everyone, lol.

    Oh and the Chestnut with the flaxen mane is my coming 4yr old NSH mare that was along for the travel/camping experience. She did much better than I'd expected. She pitched a hissy when we left, but didnt need to be tied for it (dd was there to watch). And each time we returned, I saw her standing calm with a leg cocked :)
    Posted via Mobile Device
    phantomhorse13 likes this.
         
        01-07-2014, 04:53 PM
      #17
    Started
    YAY!!! Congratulations! Sounds like you did everything right! That ground is funny, isn't it? I've ridden in it knee-deep in mud, knee-deep in sand, and with water RUNNING across those SAME places. Wnen the water is running across it, the ground is firm.

    Glad you made it home OK!!

    Nancy
         

    Quick Reply
    Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
    Message:
    Options

    Register Now

    In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

    Already have a Horse Forum account?
    Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

    New to the Horse Forum?
    Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

    User Name:
    Password
    Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
    Password:
    Confirm Password:
    Email Address
    Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
    Email Address:

    Log-in

    Human Verification

    In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


    Old Thread Warning
    This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

    Thread Tools



    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:36 PM.


    Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0