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

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Trail Riding

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

This is a discussion on Completed my first 25 mile LD! Gem was a super star! within the Trail Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category

Like Tree1Likes

LinkBack Thread Tools
    10-03-2011, 10:35 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!
Sponsored Links
    10-03-2011, 10:49 PM
From pre-ride vetting in to heading out for the first 13 miles:
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DSC_0349.jpg (75.8 KB, 118 views)
File Type: jpg DSC_0361.jpg (72.3 KB, 118 views)
File Type: jpg DSC_0367.jpg (50.7 KB, 114 views)
File Type: jpg DSC_0368.jpg (80.8 KB, 116 views)
    10-03-2011, 10:56 PM
Getting back to camp after first 13 miles, chilling during the break and heading back out again:
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DSC_0378.jpg (61.4 KB, 113 views)
File Type: jpg DSC_0379.jpg (92.1 KB, 113 views)
File Type: jpg DSC_0381.jpg (92.2 KB, 110 views)
    10-03-2011, 11:01 PM
Last set, I promise :)

Getting in after the second 12 miles and a very tired horse (and rider):
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DSC_0389.jpg (98.7 KB, 108 views)
File Type: jpg DSC_0397.jpg (50.9 KB, 112 views)
    10-03-2011, 11:44 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, 01:40 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, 08:22 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?
Posted via Mobile Device
    10-04-2011, 08:27 AM
Green Broke
Congrats! Wish I had the time to condition my Arab for something like this. Dang work!!
    10-04-2011, 11:23 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, 08:27 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 ;)
gigem88 likes this.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Super Quiet / Super Athletic 4yo Warmblood X FOR SALE Hsmith Horses for Sale 5 08-16-2011 08:49 PM
21 mile trek. whiskeynoo Trail Riding 4 06-04-2011 09:21 PM
First 4 mile! laurenlovesjohnny Trail Riding 3 02-25-2010 02:52 PM
The 6 Mile Ride... FoxRidgeRanch Horse Videos 0 06-22-2008 10:58 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:44 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0