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post #1201 of 2156 Old 06-21-2013, 12:32 PM
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The first time Chivas saw a puddle in the trail he went flying backwards and I had to lead him though. The second time only a slight hesitation, the third no problem.

The first time I asked him to wade though a creek, he hesitated but with a little prodding went in. The second time he went willingly and didn't want to come out. Now he heads for the creek when he see it.

The forest service has placed bridges across all the creek crossing, even though they are only about 3 feet wide to open the trails to bicycles. We have to weave around trees and overgrown brush to get to a bit of water anymore, which makes training difficult.

The river crossing looks so refreshing, if Chivas didn't carry me in, I would carry him in! It is in the 90's here in Alabama and I would love it if there was a place I could swim with my horse.
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post #1202 of 2156 Old 06-21-2013, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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Any water crossing or a small pathway on a steep path can be dangerous. Dang, at the only endurance 25 miler I entered crosses highways in the Bush International Airport!! Of course I wimped out due to a massive downpour of thunder, rain, some flooding, and of course, a jumbo jet landing right by me. My horse was having a cow. I think he just wanted to bust out and run for the fun. Biscuit will lay down in water if he is hot!! He loves to get in the lake at Ebenezer and last year a horse drowned there - not because of crossing - because his owner put his horse in the water with a dang tie down on.

Trail riding can be dangerous as all get out - hogs, alligators, snakes, etc is something we encounter on a regular basis - crossing little creeks too. Biscuit was a little concerned last year when we rode into a creek that was moving and the sandy bottom was different that what he was used to and when the sand moved under his feet he was not a happy camper til he realized he was just fine. The same at the beach when the waves rush back out - the horses get "dizzy" and kinda stumble around.

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post #1203 of 2156 Old 06-21-2013, 03:47 PM
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Roady: Thanks for backing me up. I thought I caught a little bit of cruel sarcasm in that comment, but was not sure. It's ok to joke, but he took it way over with the breaking bones and drowning. Kind of insulted me, like I would actually put my horse in a situation that, that was possible. Oh well, I won't let it bother me!


Celeste: It is so hot at this ride your horse learns to love crossing that river! Haha! When I first got my mare Leyna, she hated water. She hated crossing and she hated for me to sponge her. I kept practicing sponging and she would just take off. Well at this ride she learned to love getting sponged and she learned to love water! Lol Now there are horses that don't learn to love it, but they do learn to tolerate it bc it feels nice. And the good thing with the endurance rides is you never have to cross something that someone else has not. Usually ride management rides all the trails with their horses and if not they will get out there and walk through river crossings or mud crossings to make sure it is safe. There has been plenty of times that I have come in off the trail and told the ride manager that some place on the trail was to dangerous and was going to get worse with more horses, so they go out there and reroute the trail.

QOS: As soon as you are able to ride again, we have to get you to another endurance ride! And he would not have felt the need to lay down in this water. Haha. It was high enough already.
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post #1204 of 2156 Old 06-21-2013, 03:50 PM
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You're not going to do the Tevis either, are you?

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Probably not. But I have hiked over a lot of the country where it's held, and if say the Truckee River looked like that picture, it'd be in full flood and pretty dangerous. In the summer, it's apt to look more like this: https://www.google.com/search?q=truc...%3B1600%3B1060

Maybe it is just a matter of southern rivers being a lot different than western ones.
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post #1205 of 2156 Old 06-21-2013, 03:55 PM
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Probably not. But I have hiked over a lot of the country where it's held, and if say the Truckee River looked like that picture, it'd be in full flood and pretty dangerous. In the summer, it's apt to look more like this: https://www.google.com/search?q=truc...%3B1600%3B1060

Maybe it is just a matter of southern rivers being a lot different than western ones.
I do believe southern rivers are alot different than western ones. The current was fast, but not once did it feel like my horse could not handle it. She actually stopped and stood still in it. So that tells me she was not stressing it either. Lol.
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I thought I caught a little bit of cruel sarcasm in that comment, but was not sure. It's ok to joke, but he took it way over with the breaking bones and drowning. Kind of insulted me, like I would actually put my horse in a situation that, that was possible.
Sarcasm, perhaps, but not intended to be cruel. More concerned than anything. Maybe this article will help explain Truckee River Water Play, Safety - Truckee River Water Play and Safety in Reno, Nevada, NV

Note also that I didn't see anything (could have missed it, of course) in your previous posts about that crossing being part of a planned ride. For all I knew, it could have been just you and a bunch of friends.
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James, if you remember she posted this one with all the FB links to the event and we were warning her about the links getting her a warning.

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Went to GERA this past weekend in Dawsonville, GA and got 8th place in the 50 miler without even knowing it till we finished!

It was about the same time you posted that beautiful pic of y'all with the dogs in the field.
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Leyna - I would love to go on a 25 miler. My barn buddy is doing one in the fall and training now for it. Maybe next spring I can do one if I can get on and ride!!! I am working on rehabbing myself - I walked in water for 1 hour today - waist to neck deep in a lap pool. Still wobbly but dang. I wont be the one walking - it will be The Biscuit!

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I rode today.. for about 5 minutes total and only covered about 8 inches of ground:



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Leyna - I would love to go on a 25 miler. My barn buddy is doing one in the fall and training now for it. Maybe next spring I can do one if I can get on and ride!!! I am working on rehabbing myself - I walked in water for 1 hour today - waist to neck deep in a lap pool. Still wobbly but dang. I wont be the one walking - it will be The Biscuit!
You should go to 7IL for the High Roller!! They will take GOOD care of you, and the terrain is not difficult. You can tell everyone I said Hi!!

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