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post #1 of 81 Old 10-17-2011, 08:29 AM Thread Starter
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Endurance and Limited Distance Ride for the new guy

I have looked into these events and am going to join, American Endurance Ride conference, and Old Dominion Endurance, I may also look at events in PA, NC MD, We'll see how it goes. I have read a bit.
I'd like to start a thread for experienced people to share info, and for new people to ask questions. For me I frequently do 15-20 mile trail rides but at a leisurely pace.
I am looking at a wrist GPS, the Garman fourtrax 330 to keep track of my pace and distance,

Just a request, please no abbreviations , acronyms, or jargon until they are defined.
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post #2 of 81 Old 10-17-2011, 08:56 PM
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I'll join in. I am currently conditioning The Biscuit for a Limited Distance ride of 25 miles in February at the Houston International Airport! My endurance buddy is the Barn Manager where I board my horses and we are going to try to ride at a local park 3 days a week - we rode today for 7.3 miles.

We were trying out our new heart monitors - I have a wrist watch monitor and hers goes to her Garmin. I was thrilled to see Biscuit (QH) pulsed down as quickly as Legato (Arabian) did!!

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I'll join.

I've not done anything huge and long, but I've done my fair share of long rides and some short thing with the Northwest endurance crew.

Rebel, Anglo Arab, came out of his first endurance ride at 18 years old in the first place, SO impressed with him.

He pulsed down incredibly fast. Even faster than the horses that came in after us, and much faster than most of the younger horses and more "Endurance-y" horses. All our game plan was, was to go out there, haul butt while it was cool outside and then relax when it got hot. Turns out we put a big enough distance in between us and the pack that they couldn't catch up! Soooo proud of him. No one expected the 18 year old, unregistered, gangly thing to do so well. He came out with not a drop of sweat on his body. I guess all the hard training for the shows transferred into some kinda cardio, huh?
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post #4 of 81 Old 10-18-2011, 07:56 AM Thread Starter
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I'm looking at pads, now, I have a fleece one that is ok, but it stinks bad if I don't wash it, and takes days to dry if I do., My problem is an odd saddle, I ride an austrailian saddle but it is long, many of the socalled Aussi pads are only 27-28 inches long and my saddle is 29" long.
Right now I have the fleece one, a thinner air grip one, and a quilted english style (pretty thin) that fits. Might be able to look at the toklaks, made for tucker plantations, as that brand made of aussies, actually don't fit my aussie.
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post #5 of 81 Old 10-19-2011, 10:20 AM
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can I join in even if I didn't do one yet :) my first ride is oct 29... I am so excited. It was supposed to be a 15 mile turns out its a 24 miles lol big difference me and my boy will take our time with this event as to not over ride him :)

As for gear I am just using my normal western tack (saddle- less than 20lbs, breast collar, reins that are not split but are long enough when walking he can kinda mosey if I want him to). I am thinking about investing in a felt pad as I hear they take the sweat from the horse and makes it a bit more comfortable but for this ride I will stick with my vented pad that he loves surprisingly (very picky horse :)).

I plan on riding in a curb bit in the beginning (since that is what he listens the best in) and I wont to have little room for horror if that shows up that day. But later in the ride I am switching to a hackamore so he can have better access to food and water that way.

(joe you and some other people gave me some great advice earlier on my post you should switch over or add it here like things to pack)
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post #6 of 81 Old 10-19-2011, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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kait 18, I ddint wanna hijack your thread and get off you original questions, I am still looking for the perfect pad. I would prefer a wool felt, but not having luck finding one that fits as I'dlike to not have saddle bags rubbign directly on the horse, Bags also don't attach to a Aussi saddel to well without flopping all over the place. The fleece on I have sems to want to walk out the back, but I am afraid the aire grip one will grip to much and rub. I bought a Garmin wrist GPS model 301 ? Or 3 something, I am doing a 22 mile ride saturday with a lunch break, I will check the Gen's pulse at lunch also see what it says.
I am looking at a 25 mile LD with a max time of 6 hours, Seems pretty doable but I will find out this weekend with actual instead of hearsay mileage.
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Ill join in.
I started doing endurance when I was 8 on a welsh quarter horse cross pony. We competed in 50 miles right up there always in top ten, but 50 mile races was his max. Still pretty impressive for a 14 somethin pony! I decided I wanted to move up in distance and be more competitive so I got my big white arab Miles, appropriate name eh? :) Miles and I spent several years almost exclusively doing endurance. I basically grew up in the sport and absolutely loved it. Some of the funnest times I will remember.
This is just a few of my observations through competing in the sport...
AERC (american endurance ride conference) is a great organization, but I would only really suggest it if you are competetive in endurance. Otherwise I found the local groups to be better, example PNER (pacific northwest endurance rides) in my location.
For endurance I found Orthoflex saddles to work the best with my horse. The pads slip over the saddles flexable panels and you can add shims in for the horses comfort. Even after long 100 milers we never had saddle problems.
Heart monitors and GPSs are a great way to get started. I started using them but with experience comes the ability to better gauge your horse, pace and thier recovery.
....Sorry if I'm babbling. Was just excited to come across an endurance thread and more people interested in the sport :)

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Thanks for the info Chica!! My riding buddy and I are going up to Ebenezer Park Wednesday to train. They used to run endurance rides up there years ago and there are miles of trails. Lots of up and down on the hills, sand, creeks, downed trees, etc. Way too much fun up there. We are going to ride for approximately 6 hours and see how many miles we can go in 6 hours. My backside MAY fall off and I may be in a coma on the way home but we are going to give it a go!!!

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post #9 of 81 Old 10-24-2011, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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The 22 miler turned out to only be 17, I did it in 4 and some changehours, but horse wasnt even sweating coming in. He was tired and ready fpr camp though.
The 4 mph average was including a lunch break, and I also had to get off and walk the second mile or so as Bo was wound up like a top and and wanted to run and I felt like I was out of control. Plus I was a little gunshy still healing broke ribs from our last ride. But once I got back on he was perfect. We'll see next time, going to pick it up a bit from the get go supposedly get up around a 7mph average.
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post #10 of 81 Old 10-24-2011, 11:10 PM
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Broken Ribs? Gaaaaaa!!!! Glad you are better and getting off is sometimes the smart thing to do.

I got off a few weeks ago and took some heat for it...I said "I was still walking that afternoon...and that is what is important to me...that I am still walking!!!!" Biscuit got a little excited and reared up a bit after a parade. Loads of concrete, tons of people...nope...I got off...and walked. Better safe than sorry

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