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    07-02-2012, 10:42 PM
Green Broke
You may see me as ride staff. I figure to work at least one ride a year. I wont be doing any mountain rides until I get Emma in shape. Will be sticking to SC, might do a ride in FL in dec. My friend here tells me I need to do foxcatcher. I have a saddle on order for Emma. She is so much easier to ride. Bigger faster stronger younger. Hope to get her in shape to see how she does. She's a total lard butt at the moment. Amazing to look at her an Bo next to eachother. Bo looks like a body building muscle dude. Every muscle cut and defined. Emma,, umm kinda going for the walrus look.
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    07-02-2012, 11:10 PM
When I used to ride like you do, both me and the horse I rode way back then had great muscle tone. Now, not so much. Walrus is a bit harsh..........
    07-03-2012, 08:33 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Joe4d    
My friend here tells me I need to do foxcatcher.
If you want to check out the foxcatcher trails, there is the Chesapeake CTR in Sept. While it technically is a CTR, they don't do obstacles and the lay judging is pretty reasonable. I did the 2-day 50 last year on a friend's totally-race brained gelding and it did great things to help tone down that race brain (though boy was I glad to be wearing gloves the first day!!).

The only big difference between it and a normal race was that everyone had to be stalled (stalls at the facility) and there was a set pace (which was something like 6.5-7 mph average if I remember correctly.

Have to say I saw much more of the actual trail/area during this ride's beginning, as the foxcatcher start generally involves carefully watching those around you to make sure they aren't going to trample you!

And not sure if you have a ride/rides to volunteer at in mind, but the August RBTR in WV is run by a fantastic group who are a ton of fun. The year I couldn't ride it I went down to work and had a blast.
    07-10-2012, 07:42 PM
Green Broke
Another ride, another pull. Just have to face reality that Bo just isnt going to be an endurance horse. It was hot, but I kept the pace down to 6 mph, took a few water breaks and still couldnt get anywhere near pulsing down at the 15 mile check. WIll start riding Emma now and see how she does. As much as I hate to get back into WTC horses, might have to give it another try.
    07-11-2012, 12:58 AM
Bummer. Sorry you're having a hard time.
    07-11-2012, 08:11 AM
Green Broke
Ugh, sorry to hear that you are still having issues. Was he all cranked up at the start again?
    07-11-2012, 09:09 AM
I don't think you'll need to give up on gaited horses. Why would you?
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    07-11-2012, 09:15 AM
Green Broke
Nope, he was perfect at the start. Rode with his training partner. A 5yo TB X, that did act up a little with a bit of light buckng but settled down in about a half mile. Bo was the old hand showing the new guy the ropes. Having a partner at the start let him forget about all the other horses. Shari got the completion, her horse pulsed down with a minute to spare. I had to push her to saddle back up alone in the dark after I got pulled.
Bo's in as good a shape as I am going to get him he simply doesnt have the endurance. Even riding him at barely finish speeds, pulsing down is at the very last minute.
    07-11-2012, 08:54 PM
Green Broke
How very frustrating for you. Does Emma seem to run cooler than Bo? Hopefully you can use Bo for pleasure rides and focus on Emma for competitions.

Hope to meet you at a ride sometime this season!
    07-12-2012, 08:40 AM
Green Broke
No idea havent pushed her any. Only been on a few, "getting to know eachother rides.
she's a lard butt at the moment. Will start riding her as soon as I get the hitch in my new truck. She's a much more powerful faster smoother horse. My friend top tenned at the OD 100 on a walker so is giving me hope for the breed, just maybe Bo isnt up for it.

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