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post #1 of 22 Old 08-09-2013, 07:43 AM Thread Starter
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training in the heat?????

Just wondering what everyone's summer training regime consist of. Here in va it is so freakin hot. And humid!!! I don't want to push my horse too hard in this weather we are trying to condition for the old dominion endurance ride end of october.
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post #2 of 22 Old 08-09-2013, 08:11 AM
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its been coolest summer I can remember.
I would think to train to your horses hydration level and pulse /respiration rate. If you keep tabs on those things you can get a workout without over doing it.
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post #3 of 22 Old 08-09-2013, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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@ joe4d : It has been fairly mild but I don't think were out of the woods just yet and I need to keep improving. What is the spacing of the vet checks in a 50 mile endurance ride? What is a competitive time to shoot for? I will be running the od 50 (the 30 if I feel he still is not ready for the 50)
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all rides are different, I have done 8 so far, most in the SE, I did ride ohio.
Seems the 50's I have entered had 2 vet checks, Sciotto had three. The LD's usually one. I would suspect anywhere from 12-16 miles in general. Just depends on how the loops pan out.
COmpetitive, you can look online at that race last year and see what the leaders ran. In general for an LD Id say you need to be able to hold a 7mph moving average, with your horse able to pulse down in 15 minutes. That will give you a little fudge factor. You can go a bit slower for a 50 if there are only 2 vet checks instead of 3. Your pulse down time at the end doesnt count as ride time in endurance as it does in LD.. For LD the clock stops when your horse pulses down. So you have to leave time for that.

Last couple years I was running TWH, and trying to improve, I didnt really change much with hot weather, just kept riding and kept an eye on horse vitals. I did try to get out early. But it is what it is. You ride a 50 your going to be out on the trail for awhile. You need to train int he conditions you plan on riding in.
Hopefully will be bringing my new horse home soon and will be getting him out on the trails. Maybe have him ready for a nov ride. How far are you from james river state park ? Be doing a few days of training there in oct. Also probably get to graves mt at least once.
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post #5 of 22 Old 08-09-2013, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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I am only 20 minutes from graves. Not sure about james river
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post #6 of 22 Old 08-09-2013, 12:45 PM
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well then run him up an down hells trail a few times, he'll be good to go, wish I was only 20 minutes away, great place to train for the Va rides.
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We have some hilly trails here @ my house as well. I agree that hells trail and a couple more trails up there are definitely enough to get his and my pulse rate up. Its a good idea to have heels down and a handful of mane for the top of that one. Lol
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Trailwalker, I'm in Reston, VA and training my mare too. Want to trailer up and meet for some rides? I can do 10-25 milers but my girl walks the uphills right now. I ride 2-4 times a week but mostly on the 10 mile loop at Lake Fairfax.

I've been introduced to the sponge on a rope method and it seems to help keep them cool. I also stop my mare to let her cool down. I'm considering experimenting with electrolytes to encourage her to drink more at the beginning of the ride.

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post #9 of 22 Old 08-09-2013, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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Reston is a little far for me to go just for a ride. I plan to camp at graves mt a couple weekends here soon and would love some company. I work this weekend and have a ride planned with some friends sunday(your welcome to come)here in culpeper that depending on the route we take back is between 17 and 23 mi we ride from here to cedar mt battlefield and back. I have a sponge too. My gelding will drink at Creek crossings most of the time.

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We are camping in Cederrville State park in md next weekend if you want to join. I'll trailer most places within 1.5 hours of me or longer for camp trips. I'd be game for Graves Mtn, we did Fort Valley a few weeks ago :) let me know dates.

This weekend is out for a trailer ride for me...hubby leaving Monday so need qt with him :)

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