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    07-23-2013, 09:47 PM
  #11
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Chevaux    
With regard to your girth (or technically, lack of it) did you keep your breastplate on?
I did not. I figured if the experiment was to fail, better for the saddle (and me) to fall completely clear versus dangling from George's neck!


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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
was that the woolback girth ? Think there was anything different you could have done which might have helped if you could go back in time ?
It was the woolback girth, but keep in mind that is the exact same girth I have used on Dream for multiple 50s and 100s with no issue.

IMO, the issue was the saddle. George is still going in a treeless, as the funds to provide both geldings with new custom treed saddles was not in the budget at once. Sultan showed lameness issues first, so got the new saddle. This was the first time George attempted a 100 in this saddle, which does not have the ability to change the rigging to center fire.

In George's previous 100 attempt, my DH started with his Bob Marshall in the normal rigging then changed to the center fire rigging about mile 70 because George was starting to get rubs. I likely would have finished the ride with a girth attached had I been able to change the rigging on the Torsion in that way.

I personally think that eventually treeless saddles just don't distribute the weight evenly or enough, so the horse starts to do weird things with his back, which translates into the girth moving in ways it wouldn't ordinarily. Sultan has had ZERO girth issues since changing to the treed saddle, and I think we had tried every type of girth or rigging imaginable with him when DH was still using the Bob Marshall (he was coming up girthy even at lesser distances, but never showed apparent back pain).

Just goes to show how much a horse will tolerate for us!!
     
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    07-24-2013, 01:52 AM
  #12
Yearling
WOW Dawn, A huge Congrats to you and brave George!!
And to your DH and Sultan also!

We need that "Super Like" button for your post!!

What type of saddle pad did you use? I am trying to figure out how a saddle stays on without a girth or breast collar...can't wait to see the video
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    07-24-2013, 09:16 AM
  #13
Yearling
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Originally Posted by AnitaAnne    
What type of saddle pad did you use? I am trying to figure out how a saddle stays on without a girth or breast collar...can't wait to see the video
Used a Skito pad under the saddle.

I hope to have some time later this evening to work on the videos.. I worked a 13 hour shift yesterday and have to go in again shortly. Where is that winning lottery ticket?!
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    07-24-2013, 09:42 AM
  #14
Yearling
Awesome accomplishment! I had so wanted to volunteer at the 100 this year, but after contacting the organizers multiple times, and being assured I was on the mailing list, I never heard any details about how to volunteer. Like Sue, I live not so far from the event, and it would have been a great experience- maybe next year. Anyway, thanks for letting us live vicariously through you.
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    07-24-2013, 11:41 AM
  #15
Yearling
I've said it before but I'll say it again. If anybody wants to practice for that ride you are more than welcome to park at my back gate. Those are all dirt roads out there and there are a ton of snowmobile trails that crisscross all over that don't show up on the map. Even throw up a tent and camp. Lovely out by the river. I suspect there is even a way to get to the GMHA trails through the snowmobile corridors though I've never gone that far. I do know people can get to the Canadian Border.

Phantomhorse, great ride! I'm amazed you did it with no girth. Everything is hills here nearly to Lake Champlain.

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    07-25-2013, 09:48 AM
  #16
Yearling
Finally got all the video edited!

2013 Vermont 100 mile endurance ride - YouTube
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    07-25-2013, 12:10 PM
  #17
Foal
Great video, looks fun! Between following Tevis, reading a couple 100 ride stories this week, and people talking about BSF 100 I think that is my new long term goal. Nevermind the fact that I'm still doing LDs... I want to do a 100! ;)
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    07-27-2013, 10:34 AM
  #18
Weanling
Does anyone have a trail map of the VT 100? I would be interested to see the route and the towns it goes through. I love the map of the Tevis ride online. Just wondering if there was one for the VT ride. I really want to do this ride maybe next summer when my pony has worked up to 100s.
     
    07-27-2013, 03:36 PM
  #19
Green Broke
Hey your ahead of my, I sold my big walker so don't even have an LD horse at the moment.
I for sure see VT as a stepping stone to Tevis.
I know tevis gets alot of attention but with the humidity in VT these last couple years, and the fact I actually think there is MORE climbing in VT than tevis. I wonder how the two compare. After all Tevis starts very high up and over all ends several thousand feet lower. So quite a bit more down than up.
No don't get me wrong I have never done either, and am looking at it solely from a heat index, and climbing perspective. Any one know the over all elevation change for Tevis ?
I do miss this sport and hope to be back in the saddle soon, going to look at a really promising Egyptian tommorrow.
Probably sooner or later going to end up getting the horse from Cre, Phantom been telling me to get for at least 6 months. But I'm hard headed.
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    07-27-2013, 09:53 PM
  #20
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
hey your ahead of my, I sold my big walker so don't even have an LD horse at the moment.
I for sure see VT as a stepping stone to Tevis.
I know tevis gets alot of attention but with the humidity in VT these last couple years, and the fact I actually think there is MORE climbing in VT than tevis. I wonder how the two compare. After all Tevis starts very high up and over all ends several thousand feet lower. So quite a bit more down than up.
No don't get me wrong I have never done either, and am looking at it solely from a heat index, and climbing perspective. Any one know the over all elevation change for Tevis ?
I do miss this sport and hope to be back in the saddle soon, going to look at a really promising Egyptian tommorrow.
Probably sooner or later going to end up getting the horse from Cre, Phantom been telling me to get for at least 6 months. But I'm hard headed.
Joe was it Miss Emma you sold? My new goal is to buy a horse Dawn trained maybe you should try out her suggestion...
     

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