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        07-02-2012, 09:35 AM
      #1
    Green Broke
    This seasons campaign.

    Well things arnt exactly going to well. I am finding out why it is called endurance.
    My first ride was last winters LD in Patrick SC, 25 miles, Was a rough start, but got Bo calmed down after we ended up way in back. Got the completion and the turtle Award. At 4:23

    Second ride was a spring 50 at Biltmore NC, I let Bo go had a great ride. Fun on the trails,,,,,,,and got pulled at the first vet check because he didnt pulse down. We did the 15 miles at around 10mph. Oops. Bad plan.

    Next ride. Jun at Leatherwood Mt NC 50 mile. Huge steep climbs, reportedly worse than OD, yet without the rocks. Again fighting with Bo at the get go. Difference was a 2 mile seemingly straight up climb out the gate slowed him down a bit. My ride plan which I stuck to worked very well and we got the completion although Bo was in pretty rough shape at the end. Finished at 9:21. My basic plan was to hold 5 to 6 mph. Bo of course wants to go faster. Instead of letting him burn himself out I would let him stretch it out, when my average got over 7 mph I would find a grass/ water stop. Stop keep an eye on my average speed, and when it dropped back down to 5.5 or so would head back out. A system of frequent eating drinking and sponging , while not ideal , it worked for us that time at least. By the second loop or so he was fine and in control Second loop was horrendous and all I could maintain was about 5, and that was pushing it in places. One thing in our advantage, only 2 30 minute holds and 64bpm parameters.

    Next ride, looking for something easier terrain. Headed to Scioto OH,,, entered the 50.
    Few things worked against us, which I figured out too late.
    Terrain WRONG !!!!!!!! Very steep long climbs, lots of single track woods not quite the easy rolling romp I expected.
    3 holds 45, 45, 30 parameters of 60. That ate up alot of time. (2 hours of holds, vs 1 hour at LW,)
    They started everyone on the same loop, not sure why. Also only a 15 minute gap, So about the time I got Bo calmed down and the 50's were spread out, all the 25 milers came flying by.
    Bo was a nutjob on the first loop just could not get him to slow down. He gets like that and is completely out of control. It isnt so much the speed its that he is so worked up about horses in front of him that he doesnt pay attention to where he putting his feet. At LW as long as a horse wasnt in sight he was fine, so I could either pass or hang back and let other riders move out. That wasnt working for us. I have no Idea how to manage this. If I hold him back he burns himself out fighting, He was lathered up sweaty not a mile down the trail. Alone on the second loop we were fine and I took it easy that's when I het soem rough steep climbs, about a mile out I realized I was screwed on time, came into the second vet check pulsed down fine but ride only allowed 10 hours max ride time and I was at 5:45 hours and only half complete,,,, Ooops.. yeh not going to kill my horse on the second half (same loops) to make up that 45 minutes. No way to complete so I RO pulled.
    If I let him go ummmmm Bitmore. So far only thing that has worked is to RUN stop, Run Stop.

    Well loading up for a 30 mile LD at Broxton SC, my GF missed a completion at LW by 2 minutes and is ready to try again. Riding together this time so am not anticipating anxiety issues.
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        07-02-2012, 09:53 AM
      #2
    Banned
    Looking forward to more of your posts on this! Hubby and I have an interest in pursuing this some day. It will remind me how crazy we are ;)
         
        07-02-2012, 10:42 AM
      #3
    Started
    Could you trying starting a few minutes after the main group of riders go??check in for the ride on time but leave horse at trailer and then walk back to get horse. By that time the big group should have left and you will only have to deal with the majority of people who are riding for fun and not time :/ which should be a bit easier for BO mentally not seeing the other horses leave him behind.

    The 2 small 30 milers I did we started the first one with the main crowd and OMG it was absolutely a nightmare trying to control denny not listening to me and he just wanted to follow every horse and rider. Then the second one I started him about 8 minutes after the big group left and had alot less issues starting off. Yes we were 8 minutes behind but we were able to make most of it up on the first and second loops since he was listening to me and paying attention rather then worrying and causing his breathing to become fast.

    Don't worry though you guys will figure it out :)
    Good luck
         
        07-02-2012, 07:30 PM
      #4
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    Originally Posted by kait18    
    could you trying starting a few minutes after the main group of riders go??check in for the ride on time but leave horse at trailer and then walk back to get horse. By that time the big group should have left and you will only have to deal with the majority of people who are riding for fun and not time :/ which should be a bit easier for BO mentally not seeing the other horses leave him behind.
    This is my suggestion exactly. Most rides give you 10 or 15 min after start time to cross the start line (as long as you checked in before the start). Wait for everyone else to have gone out and then start.

    When I rode the green off-track mare at Foxcatcher, I checked in while still on the ground leading her, then promptly went as far away as I needed to get from the start line until she couldn't see other horses. She was still pretty keyed up, but having been able to see horses, I suspect she would have been uncontrollable.

    Hell, start out leading Bo if that is what it takes to help him keep his brain. Not unusual at all to see people with greenies head out on foot to start.

    Hopefully having your gf's horse along next time will help with the anxiety issues. What kind of terrain is at the next ride on the list?
         
        07-02-2012, 08:05 PM
      #5
    Green Broke
    Thats basically what I did, however it didnt work at all I shoudl have just started at the front. Let the faster people pass then ended up in the middle around similar speed people. Holding back and waiting pretty much just wasted time. As they started everyone on the same loop so about the time I worked my way to the back of the 50's all the 25 milers who where only 15 minutes delayed came flying up.
         
        07-02-2012, 08:11 PM
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    Ahh that sounds like a crazy ride ... I hope you can figure out something to help BO keep his head

    Update on the next ride is a must
         
        07-02-2012, 08:25 PM
      #7
    Trained
    If he doesn't burn himself out, he will probably get used to things and calm down after a few more rides. Hopefully.

    You just reminded me exactly why I am not competing. The Princess would not just go psycho. She would probably throw me off.
         
        07-02-2012, 09:25 PM
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    Originally Posted by Joe4d    
    thats basically what I did, however it didnt work at all I shoudl have just started at the front. Let the faster people pass then ended up in the middle around similar speed people. Holding back and waiting pretty much just wasted time. As they started everyone on the same loop so about the time I worked my way to the back of the 50's all the 25 milers who where only 15 minutes delayed came flying up.
    I thought you let him go with the front of the pack at Biltmore and that made him not pulse down in time? Do you ride with a heartrate monitor? Does he run hotter going up front or waiting behind?


    I hate it when the ride timing doesn't work to keep the faster, shorter distance people from running over the top of the slower, longer distance people.
         
        07-02-2012, 09:33 PM
      #9
    Green Broke
    I ran front of pack but kept going, at LW I stopped and took a grass/water break, as in complete stop.

    Scioto had 2 loops, No idea why they didnt start 50 on one loop 25's on the other.
         
        07-02-2012, 10:08 PM
      #10
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    Well this next ride, maybe you can be the fast LDer running over the slower 50 ;)

    What other rides are you hoping for this season? Will I see you in WV in August? Or at Ft Valley in Oct?
         

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