[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.