So, today, finally, Chivas & I were able to ride without the girls tagging along...TG for school!!!
We worked on speed work, and I rembered the Foretrex 301 so I finally know how fast he is going.
I don't think it is very good. His big marching walk got up to 4.3 mph. Gaiting topped out at 7.8 mph and his canter was 10.8 mph.
With more speed work I might get him up a timy bit, maybe 8 - 11 mph, but he wouldn't be able to stay at that pace for long. Then when I factor in the ground, as I did this work in the arena, well I think hills and rocky ground will slow him down a lot from those speeds.
I think I remember Joe saying the lowest for endurance is averaging 6 mph.
Anyway, we rode 1.5 miles in the burning heat...I had to quit after a short time, I was frying out there in the sun & Chivas was dripping. He sure did enjoy getting hosed off afterwards!