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        05-06-2013, 12:30 PM
      #11
    Foal
    To me her heart rate at the end tells me she was not stressed or tired. And if she eats and drinks just fine, then i'd say move up! I recently purchased a 5 year old gelding and his first ride will be in November and we are doing a 50 miler. As long as you know your horse is fit and the heart rates don't lie about fitness. Like Phantomhorse said we all are never "sure" about moving up. It took me a year before I did my mares first 1 day 100 mile ride because I kept telling myself she was not ready. Well she finished in 7th place with a ride time of 12 hours and was pulling my arms out at a 14 mph trot on the last loop and her heart rate and CRI was 48/48 at the ending vet check! I'd say she was more than ready for a 100! Haha! You will always question, but deep down you know if the horse is ready! Good luck!

    Oh and by the way, great pictures!!!
         
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        05-06-2013, 05:31 PM
      #12
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by LeynaProof    
    To me her heart rate at the end tells me she was not stressed or tired. And if she eats and drinks just fine, then i'd say move up! I recently purchased a 5 year old gelding and his first ride will be in November and we are doing a 50 miler. As long as you know your horse is fit and the heart rates don't lie about fitness. Like Phantomhorse said we all are never "sure" about moving up. It took me a year before I did my mares first 1 day 100 mile ride because I kept telling myself she was not ready. Well she finished in 7th place with a ride time of 12 hours and was pulling my arms out at a 14 mph trot on the last loop and her heart rate and CRI was 48/48 at the ending vet check! I'd say she was more than ready for a 100! Haha! You will always question, but deep down you know if the horse is ready! Good luck!

    Oh and by the way, great pictures!!!
    Wow, thanks for sharing that experience. Glad to hear your mare did so well! Must have been an awesome feeling.

    I think I will pay more attention to what her HR tells me throughout our conditioning, that way I know what she can/can't handle. I tend to get in my own head too much, I should just relax and pay attention to the facts.

    I was actually surprised at how well she did at the 15, given she has never done anything strenuous in her life until I bought her. She was definitely "fit to continue" at the finish and still had ants in her pants So I suppose I've reached a verdict...first 25 mile June 9th! Lol
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        05-06-2013, 05:58 PM
      #13
    Foal
    [QUOTE=EnduranceLover6;2443962]Wow, thanks for sharing that experience. Glad to hear your mare did so well! Must have been an awesome feeling.

    I think I will pay more attention to what her HR tells me throughout our conditioning, that way I know what she can/can't handle. I tend to get in my own head too much, I should just relax and pay attention to the facts.

    I was actually surprised at how well she did at the 15, given she has never done anything strenuous in her life until I bought her. She was definitely "fit to continue" at the finish and still had ants in her pants So I suppose I've reached a verdict...first 25 mile June 9th! Lol[/QUOTE

    If you ride with a heart rate moniter, don't put to much faith in what her heart rate is while you are going. You know your horse better than a heart rate moniter. But that ending heart rate tells me she was not stressed at all. So mission accomplished! Sounds like your mare is going to do well in this sport and I wish you 2 the best of luck.
         
        05-06-2013, 06:14 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    [quote=LeynaProof;2444058]
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    Originally Posted by EnduranceLover6    
    Wow, thanks for sharing that experience. Glad to hear your mare did so well! Must have been an awesome feeling.

    I think I will pay more attention to what her HR tells me throughout our conditioning, that way I know what she can/can't handle. I tend to get in my own head too much, I should just relax and pay attention to the facts.

    I was actually surprised at how well she did at the 15, given she has never done anything strenuous in her life until I bought her. She was definitely "fit to continue" at the finish and still had ants in her pants So I suppose I've reached a verdict...first 25 mile June 9th! Lol[/QUOTE

    If you ride with a heart rate moniter, don't put to much faith in what her heart rate is while you are going. You know your horse better than a heart rate moniter. But that ending heart rate tells me she was not stressed at all. So mission accomplished! Sounds like your mare is going to do well in this sport and I wish you 2 the best of luck.
    Thank you! I do not ride with a HR Monitor so I take her pulse after each conditioning ride to see where she's at. I need the practice
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        05-06-2013, 08:48 PM
      #15
    Foal
    [quote=EnduranceLover6;2444178]
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    Thank you! I do not ride with a HR Monitor so I take her pulse after each conditioning ride to see where she's at. I need the practice
    Haha! I know what you mean. I always need the practice! Just remember to listen to your horse and if you think something is wrong, but you are not sure and think you are being paranoid, something probably is wrong. Haha! Happens to me all the time. My mare is very stoic and does not show much of a reaction when something is wrong with her, so if I even think that I might feel a hitch here or there or if I just have that feeling then there is usually something wrong. :)

    You sound like you have a good head on your shoulders and your horses health comes first, so I think y'all will do fabulous! :)
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        05-06-2013, 08:54 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    [quote=LeynaProof;2445450]
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    Originally Posted by EnduranceLover6    

    Haha! I know what you mean. I always need the practice! Just remember to listen to your horse and if you think something is wrong, but you are not sure and think you are being paranoid, something probably is wrong. Haha! Happens to me all the time. My mare is very stoic and does not show much of a reaction when something is wrong with her, so if I even think that I might feel a hitch here or there or if I just have that feeling then there is usually something wrong. :)

    You sound like you have a good head on your shoulders and your horses health comes first, so I think y'all will do fabulous! :)
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    Thank you!
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        06-21-2013, 12:11 PM
      #17
    Foal
    I don't try a 50 miler until my horse has had 6 months of increasingly difficult conditioning. Since you seem like such a sane competitor, if you have done that, I say go for the 50. As people have said, you can always pull.
         
        06-21-2013, 05:51 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    Kolko--6 months sounds like a good time frame for conditioning for a 50. Honestly, I know my horse is no where near ready to complete, let alone compete 50 miles. I ended up doing another 15 mile CDR this month and placed 1st with a final score of 99/100 so I feel ready to move on to a 25. We are planning on doing our first in August. Maybe next year we will be ready for a 50, but for now we're in no rush

    Thanks for all the great advice everyone!
         

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