Hi!!! Ok, i've got a fair bit to tell you guys so i'll get started by telling you that I went to an endurance ride this weekend at a place called Maryvale in Queensland. I went to do a 20km training ride but ended up doing a 40km training ride instead (which my horse wasn't quite fit enough for but i'll get to that later) There were 6 horses and riders from my team doing the 40km including me. Only myself and another girl had ever done an endurance ride before. All the others were doing their first ride EVER!! :)
We started at 5:30am (just on daylight). We got about 20km into the ride and I got kicked!! We were cantering along and the horse in front of me (one of our team) suddenly stopped and I couldn't pull my horse up fast enough and we ran into the horses rump. The horse lashed out with one leg and caught me on the knee OUCH!!and then lashed out with both legs and got me right on the shin!!! REALLY OUCH!!! :(
I kept going and eventually I forgot about it until we finished when it REALLY started to hurt!!! :( :(
Then to top it all off my horse decides to go straight through a gigantic branch that I didn't see in time!! And when I did try to go around my horse was to preoccupied with going the shortest way!! (which was through the branch!) MORE BRUISES!!! I lost a stirrup and trotted about half a km with one stirrup before I managed to stop to get it back. I was sure I was going to come off!!
The track we rode on was really hard. It had heaps of really steep hills but it was still a great ride.
One of the girls in my team lost a shoe and had to get a farrier to come before she could continue.
Anyway after all this we managed to finish at 9:18am which is a really good time for a training ride!
And then after all the trouble I had I vetted out beacuase my horse had a heart rate of 61bpm when he had to be 55bpm or under! Not quite fit enough!! Another horse in our team vetted out becuase of her heart rate (i'm not sure what it was) and she also tied up in her rump. Bummer! Everyone else got through the vetting with no problems.
I also did the TPR (Temperature, Pulse and Respiration) course at the ride. I can now officially take a horses Temp, pulse and respiration beofre they see a vet at a ride!!
I was also awarded top scores on my theory and pracitacl tests.
I met heaps of people and caught up with others that I hadn't seen since last year some time!! :) 8)
I think that's it for now so i'll write again another day!