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    06-21-2013, 04:18 AM
I went on an 'old fashioned' camping trip. Nothing but rider's their horses and whatever fit behind the saddle/on the horn. The place we went didn't have accommodations for horses so the horses were either tied to trees or hobbled. It was a real roughing it place with nothing but dirt sites, fireplaces and parking at the front for your trailer and car. No vehicles are allowed further than the main entrance so it's all walking or horseback. I wasn't intending on going but someone called me a 'girly girl' and and 'dainty little princess' before they told me I couldn't hack it camping 'like real men' so I had to go and prove them wrong. I don't think I've ever been clapped on the back or high fived that much in my entire life, but they were thoroughly impressed with how a princess and and old fart of a horse held up, and although I'm not fond of not having a functioning toilet, we are offically invited on all 'man trips' in the future. We rode 104.3 miles during the trip which was really nothing for a week long trip but they wanted to sit around doing 'man things' that I couldn't possible have begun to understand. Looked like sitting around being lazy if you ask me but then again I'm not a man.

536.5 miles

I'm wishing the best for you and Biscuit. Hopefully it's good news from the doctor and you can get back in the saddle. I'm sure that will help with the timid and spookiness. Probably just needs some normality back in his life.
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    06-21-2013, 08:32 AM
Green Broke
Here are a couple of pics of Doc..




Like stated earlier, he needs some more groceries. I have him on Nutrena Senior and he is doing very good. I can tell the weight gain over the last 2 weeks of having him.
    06-21-2013, 08:32 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by jamesqf    
Yeah, I hear your horse getting swept off its feet, you and him/her washing down the river, getting smashed against rocks, breaking bones & eventually drowning is just SO exciting.

Maybe the rivers are different where you're at, but hereabouts one that looked like that would be pretty darn dangerous.
You're not going to do the Tevis either, are you?

    06-21-2013, 08:42 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by jamesqf    
Yeah, I hear your horse getting swept off its feet, you and him/her washing down the river, getting smashed against rocks, breaking bones & eventually drowning is just SO exciting.

Maybe the rivers are different where you're at, but hereabouts one that looked like that would be pretty darn dangerous.
While I know a couple riders got a soaking, nobody (horse or human) was injured in any way (and the entire album of photos was made known to the endurance community--I enjoyed looking at them all). If the riders standing in the water didn't wash away, I don't think any of the horses were in danger of doing so.

I would not have tried that crossing if I was out riding on my own and unfamiliar with what the bottom looked like under better circumstances, but ride management isn't looking to kill their riders by routing trail over a dangerous crossing. From the rider's discussion on an endurance forum, the bottom was fine for the crossing (Leyna can verify this), and the problems were caused by some horse's overenthusiasm, not losing their footing in the water.

Many endurance rides involve river crossings, some of them are even routinely done in the dark on some 100s. Its just another aspect of trusting your relationship with your horse (or its training at least!).
    06-21-2013, 10:11 AM
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Bloo - you go girl. I think it is always a shock to some guys as to just how tough a Princess Girl can be. I am with you though...I am kinda fond of a working toilet as I am not too fond of that kind of roughing it. My cousin's hubby gives me all kinds of grief because I will not answer the call of nature when we are out riding! He gives me grief about all kinds of stuff but that is part of the fun of being with him and cousin. I would love to go on a trip like that though. Totally jealous!

Roadyy, he is a pretty boy and will fill out nicely in a short amount of time I am sure.

One of these days I am going to enter an endurance race again and finish even if it is just a little 25 miler - don't know about crossing a river but as hot as it is here in Texas I wouldn't be opposed to it. I have never swam Biscuit but he loves to get into water!
    06-21-2013, 10:32 AM
The river crossing looked scary to me too, but then again, I am a chicken hearted sissy.
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    06-21-2013, 10:54 AM
Originally Posted by jamesqf    
Am I the only one who thinks that crossing water like that (if those waves are from the current, and not just horses splashing) is just plain insane?
No, those were waves from the current and I didn't think it was insane at all. I thought it was quite fun and my horse did also. She didn't want to get out. If it were at all dangerous I would not have crossed and futhermore, ride management would have rerouted the trail somehow.
    06-21-2013, 11:08 AM
Well everyone is entitled to your own opinions, but I assure you that it was not dangerous. I mean sure there is the potential for it to be dangerous, but there is the potential for riding down the trail to be dangerous also. I have been going to that ride for 6 years and the bottom has always had great footing, so nothing to be worried about.

As far as being swept down stream and breaking bones on rocks and all of that.... Well I have never seen that happen in the south, it helps that our rivers are generally wide and absent of rocks big enough to break your bones....

Celeste: You would have done it. It is all about trusting your horse. Sure if I had been on my young new horse I would have been nervous, but then again that is why he is not going to rides right now. I don't trust him that much yet. Where as with Bella I knew she would cross that river like she had been doing it her whold life. There was a way around if you did not want to cross it ,but it was so dang hot riders and horses alike wanted to get in! Haha!

QOS: Who cares if all you do is 25 milers? If that is the distance that is fun for you, then do it! There are several people in my region that only do LD's and they have a blast. I can't stand someone that does the longer distance tell LDers that they need to move up to 50's. If that is all you can handle or as much as you want to handle then that is just fine! I have seen way to many people get pushed into doing a 50 miler and are just plain miserable during the last 25 miles. There is no point, this sport is meant to be fun. If you are not having fun, what is the point in doing it?
    06-21-2013, 11:51 AM
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It looked like a blast to experience. I can not fathom a governing body over such a race to intentionally put riders and animals in fatal danger purposely. In no way am I calling you stupid, but your comment was made due to ignorance of the facts and that is how a person loses face on any other subject they voice opinion on.

I have never participated in one of these races, but have been a spectator before. I have seen much harder crossings than that one without a single close call. I see that crossing to be safer than some of the mountain passes that have terrible footing, yet you don't see anyone complaining about those. I hope you can open your mind and eyes or even take yourself out to watch one of these events to have a better idea of what actually occurs so that you can be better informed in further conversations on this subject.

Now if you are just here to provoke a response with you comment then I'll give you that win as well.. Go play in traffic . Lol Have a blessed day James and hope you are able to expand your horizon.
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    06-21-2013, 12:38 PM
Originally Posted by LeynaProof    

Celeste: You would have done it. It is all about trusting your horse.
You haven't met my horse...........

I'm sure it was fun. My horse probably would have loved it if she first saw other horses going in without dying.

I agree that our river bottoms here in the east are no doubt different than those out west. We have a tiny little creek that we have quit crossing because the footing is too soft and like quicksand. Hopefully this fall we will build a bridge or maybe find a better place to cross.

My horse was hesitant to go in. I pushed her. She got stuck. That was not a good way on my part to gain her trust. She is pretty bold, so I'm sure she'll forgive me. I really don't know that she is brave, she just can't stand still. She will do something that she is afraid of rather than stand there forever.

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