Completed my first 25 mile LD! Gem was a super star!

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        10-03-2011, 09:35 PM
    Completed my first 25 mile LD! Gem was a super star!

    Traveled 3.5 hrs to my first endurance event and am totally addicted. We had a great vet in with all A's pre-ride. Set out at 7:30 am the next day at a brisk 30 degrees. I was super nervous and Gem was feeding off me until a wonderful group of ladies took me under their wing and showed my the ropes. It is a good thing too or I don't think we would ahve finished in time. Not beacuse Gem couldn't, but because I didn't realize the pace required. She wanted to go much faster and I ended up holding her back a lot for the first 13 miles. Pulsed in right off the trail at 52 bpm at a 64 limit, so I really could have let her go the speed she chose. She would have been happier too. Let her pick the pace the second half with more cantering involved and ended up with a ride time of 3 hrs 40 minutes with a 50 minute mandatory hold so a total time of 4.5 hrs. Not bad for my first event! I ended up holding her back at the 23 mile mark and having the group go on ahead to make her trail ride alone. I figured she had just gone 23 miles and home was dead ahead, so it was a great time to get her some solo time. I ended up in 8th and the group I was with took 4-6th, so had I stayed up with them I might have ribboned. We pulsed ina t 58 off the trail at 25 miles with a limit of 60 and got all A's at the post-ride vet in. I got a cute hat for a completion prize.

    A big THANK you to fellow forum member Natisha who volunteered her stalls and barnyard to strangers to crash in. It took a lot of the stress away and we really enjoyed her sense of humor and company.

    Pics to follow!
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        10-03-2011, 09:49 PM
    From pre-ride vetting in to heading out for the first 13 miles:
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        10-03-2011, 09:56 PM
    Getting back to camp after first 13 miles, chilling during the break and heading back out again:
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        10-03-2011, 10:01 PM
    Last set, I promise :)

    Getting in after the second 12 miles and a very tired horse (and rider):
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        10-03-2011, 10:44 PM
    Green Broke
    Wow!!! Thanks for sharing. A friend and I are signing up for a LD ride in February - 25 miles. We were discussing training etc. today on our ride. She has an Arabian and I have a chunky QH!
        10-04-2011, 12:40 AM
    I am soooo jealous! I want to do this. It looks like a total blast.

    Is that frost on the ground? Already? Wereent'y you just baking about a week ago?
        10-04-2011, 07:22 AM
    Congratulations and great pics! So nice to hear about new people getting involved :). I have a year to wait til my horse is old enough to compete but definitely am going to! I've already started taking him for short trail rides, usually alone but once a week a group goes. Gem is a cutie, what breed is she?
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        10-04-2011, 07:27 AM
    Green Broke
    Congrats! Wish I had the time to condition my Arab for something like this. Dang work!!
        10-04-2011, 10:23 AM
    Originally Posted by QOS    
    Wow!!! Thanks for sharing. A friend and I are signing up for a LD ride in February - 25 miles. We were discussing training etc. today on our ride. She has an Arabian and I have a chunky QH!
    I did both competitive and LD with my quarter horse gelding. Of course, he's not a typical QH. Only 14.2 and lean from his racing bloodlines.
        10-04-2011, 07:27 PM
    Thanks everyone! I was so proud of Gem and she really seemed to enjoy herself out there. It was very addicting and I am contemplating signing up for my 2nd one Halloween weekend.

    Atomic - she is 7/8th Arab and 1/8 Pinto and registered both breeding stock pinto and half arabian. I blame her bad days on the 1/8th pinto ;)
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