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for those who have already done a ctr/ld/endurance ride i have a few questions for you
1. do you need a crew
2. what do you pack for the trailer ride
3. what do you pack for the ride in saddle bags or what not
4. how much food do you bring
5. do you reccommend shoes or boots for a normal barefooted horse
6. any tips for a beginner :) my first ride is in 2 weekd a ld of 15 miles which is nothing but i want to be prepared for anything
thanks in advance
Not sure what the id or ctr means,
A 15 mile ride is pretty much a normal trail ride for me. Most of the trip rides I go on are about 20 miles with a lunch break.
For those you want normal tack in trailer, and a bit of hay, and water for the horse.
My saddle load, some vet wrap and bandages in one side, maybe a granola or box of raisins in the other. Camera, water, maybe a few watermelon shooters, or some scuppernog in a leather bota on the horn. Im not in any hurry though. There would be a big difference between a relaxing day trail ride, and a 15 mile race. I'd like to do one of those 100 milers, but would do it it a slow gait. Would probably come in last.
for what you mentioned i should just treat it as a normal 2 hour trail ride then??? and bring that gear with me as what you mentioned is usually with me.
A friend and I are conditioning our horses for a Limited Distance ride of 25 miles in February. I know both our horses could complete this right now with no problem...we are also conditioning our backsides!!
As for the trailer, that depends on how far away the ride is from your home base. We are hauling 95 miles to our ride. We are spending the night so we have to have everything for ourselves and the horses for a 2 day trip...feed, hay, electrolytes, water, tack, snacks, emergency care for the horses, chairs, awning, etc.
As far as what we will carry on the ride - snacks for us and the horses (Biscuit loves a treat!) water, Burt's Bees lip balm, camera, vet wrap, something to repair tack with, a little knife, hoof pick, hoof boots, helmet, heart monitor and I am sure something else!!
Can't wait to hear about your adventure! Be sure to pack confidence and have fun!
I never thought a 25 mile ride is that big of a deal for a horse, might be for your butt, but a moderately in shape horse shouldnt have an issue. Give it a couple water breaks. I usually stop for lunch and let him graze for a bit halfway. I guess all things are relative. I have never rode in an arena, so my first introduction to horse riding was the 10-12 mile trail rides at some of the parks in my area. Something my horse gets just about every weekend.
I have been riding quiet a bit this summer - tried to ride at least twice a week riding a little more than 8 miles each time so about 17 miles. If we went camping it was a little more than that. We do alot of walking / fast walking / jogging and then some trotting and some cantering. We are pushing that up to 3 times or more in a week. We both just got heart monitors to see where how fast they pulse down. LOL we are having a blast just getting going!
I have never really paid much attention to how far or how fast or how long. And have only the organizers word for the actual distance so I cant really say. Last ride I went on I rode out about 930 stopped for lunch, a few pee breaks, and walked over a rough spot or two, rode in to camp well before dinner at 6, Supposedly trail was 18 miles honestly I have no idea of time though. I have to clock watch at work, not interested in doing it on my off time. Spending a couple hours a day at a steady walk/ gait a couple times a week should have horse in good enough shape to do a 25 mile a day ride without issues, especially if you get off an do a few breaks during the day.
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