I just did a 25 mile endurance, (actually LD) ride in South carolina alone, on a still fairly green trained horse, and I am a fairly green trained rider. Horse had had 2 weeks off and not alot of miles. I had lots of naysayers,
Oh i should go watch one, I should go with someone that knows the ropes, Its to far, yadda yadda,,, and then soem that kinda hurt,,,, "Oh that's easy we ride that all the time," Yeh Bull. They think they do because since buying my GPS I have found that all the rides we go on are severely overestimated in distance. The normal park ride we do labled as 12 miles is only 8, a couple 20-22 mile trail rides are actually only 16.
But we made the trip down, (5 hour drive) completed the ride, survived the trip passed the vet checks alive and well.
Next stop? a 50 miler.