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        08-09-2013, 09:06 PM
    Originally Posted by trailwalker    
    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)
    I assume since you said you are aiming for a ride in October that you mean Ft Valley as the OD was in June (both rides are run by the Old Dominion group, as well as the No Frills event in the spring, but only the June ride is referred to as the OD).

    I pulled my garmin stats for Ft Valley and the loops came in at 17, 21, and 12 miles respectively. The LD doesn't do the middle loop, so is 17 and 12. The elevation change for the 50 is about 8100 feet. As Joe suggested, you can look at the AERC records for the exact finish times, but if by "competitive" you mean top10, generally looking at 7 hours and under (ride time, so not including the holds). In the past the holds have both been 45 min.

    Look forward to seeing you there!!
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        08-09-2013, 10:58 PM
    Green Broke
    You guys have got me psyched, can't wait to get my horse home and start training ! New tires on trailer, tranny back together, new calipers and pads, forgot to adjust parking brake, but ummm can't have everything, rolling out on the 13th to KY to pick him up.
        08-10-2013, 12:05 PM
    As far as the weather we have had an EXTREMELY mild summer in the southwest area of VA. To me this heat should not affect a horse even being rode lightly.

    Now, when I lived at the beach and we were looking at 105-110 degree days with 100% humidity was a little different. I used to ride 30-35 miles a day at the beach regardless of how hot or humid it was. Watch your horse and know what is normal for them. I could go all day non-stop on my app at the beach and he never had a problem. Just make sure you can get to fresh water if needed.

    A horse, just like a human, can learn to tolerate the heat and humidity but they need to be worked up to it. My favorite time of the day to work my horses is the hottest part of the day.
        08-10-2013, 12:09 PM
    Joe you need to give us an update and more pics when you get Flash home. He is one gorgeous boy.
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        08-10-2013, 12:11 PM
    My friend Penney and I have been riding in the high 90's every weekend. It hasn't been so bad since we pass through two creeks and we douse both us and the horses in water. But I really look forward to getting to the trailer and dunking my head in a bucket of water.
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        08-10-2013, 12:39 PM
    Thanks phantomhorse and yes it is ft valley I plan to ride in. Hope we can be in top shape by then. We will be there either way for the experience if nothing else. And yes joe keep us posted on your new horse as I know you will and maybe we can chase the devil off of hells hill soon!
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        08-10-2013, 01:05 PM
    Green Broke
    For those not in the know, Hells trail is an actual place, and yep its well named.. not just steep at one side, but runs along the top of a ridge too narrow to turn horse around, covered with rocks. With 1000 foot drop on both sides...
    This is th epart before it got really narrow and ran along the ridge top,
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        08-10-2013, 04:52 PM
    Where is hells trail? Northern VA? We have a trail not to far from us that all the locals call TA short pass and it is a wicked trail. Its a straight shot up the mountain, then you are riding on the ridge with drops on either side of you on pretty much a solid slab of rock and then a straight shot down the mountain. Its extremely rocky and there is nowhere to turn around.
        08-10-2013, 04:57 PM
    We have none of that stuff around here, at least as far as I know
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        08-10-2013, 05:23 PM
    Not all the trails are that bad @ graves but that particular one will have your horse's attention on you for sure by the time you get to the top. Everyone should go a least once!
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