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post #1 of 39 Old 01-30-2012, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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My first Limited Distance ride is Saturday

I am very excited and nervous about our 25 mile ride Saturday. I went to the barn and my riding partners were there. One is riding with me on her Arabian that can be a little on the hot side starting out for the first 3 miles or so. The other buddy is going to be our "crew" person God bless her!!!

Biscuit wouldn't trot out for me and I had his trainer work with him on it and he trots out now like a total darling. I clucked to him today and he instantly picked up the trot (Thank You Allison!!!!) and I trotted him out several times and around and back. I then saddled him and trotted him out saddled and Lee-Ann trotted him out too...just in case I am not capable when I get off!!! My legs are like spaghetti sometimes and my knee is not a happy camper at times (knee surgery last year) so we wanted to make sure he'd trot out for both of us.

We are leaving Friday morning for Humble, Texas (just north of Houston) so if anyone here is going look us up - we will have Biscuit and Legato, a grey Arabian.
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post #2 of 39 Old 01-30-2012, 04:26 PM
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run your own race, don't wait on a partner, nor expect them to wait on you, meet up at the end. It'll be over before you know it. The GPS and knowing exactly how far you hav e come and have to go helps alot with ride management. Don't forget to go back to the finish line and cheer for the 50 and 100 milers. My friend did her first 50 miler , finished in under the allowed time and alomst evry one had left and they served dinner early without her. I thought that was pretty sorry. After you get back and unwind and rest a bit get some beer and some lawn chairs and hang out by the finnish line for a few hours.

My plan is the old dominion Va 30 on 28 april and the Biltmore estate NC 50 miler in may. Not planning mush out after that, will do a few rides. I do have a crewmenber for the Biltmore as her horse is a couple weeks too young to compete.

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post #3 of 39 Old 01-30-2012, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Joe, thanks for the advice but Lee Ann and I are going to stick together - hahaha we are just going to try to get through it without getting our butts tossed or scared to death. Such a sissy these days. If I can cross the finish line without wussing out I will be thrilled. Legato, her mare, gets a little cranked up to start out with but will calm down riding behind Biscuit. Lee Ann always said if I didn't ride she was going to take a picture of Biscuit's backside and dangle it in front of Legato!

I will remember about staying to cheer on the others. That was sweet of you Joe!!! I wish hubby was going to cheer me on but he will be riding with our group that week. The young lady training with Biscuit on cantering, etc. might be in the area and she may come to watch.

I think I have everything I need - just need some cajones!!!

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Good Luck!! And have fun! Let us know how it goes!!

Oh..and get pics!
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post #5 of 39 Old 01-30-2012, 08:56 PM
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WOOHOO, cannot wait to hear about how much fun you and your pony have!!

Also somewhat jealous that your ride season can start so early!

Expect a ton of pics and videos.


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My plan is the old dominion Va 30 on 28 april and the Biltmore estate NC 50 miler in may.

Look forward to meeting you in April, as I, too, plan to do the OD No Frills ride! We shall have to do the anti-rain dance together (though it never works, it always rains for No Frills).


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post #7 of 39 Old 01-30-2012, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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I will let y'all know how it goes. I cleared my Roam Camera of files so it can hold quiet a bit of footage. I will also have my Canon Camera and my cell phone. Lots of ways to take pictures. We are going Friday morning to set up our camp and get the horses settled in. I am so excited...I can't wait....y'all wish me some big cajones!!!

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I wasnt sure how my horse was going to react at the blast off start or what was going to happen. And I didnt want to be in the saddle when I found out. I started on the ground jogging. Actually trained like this. He used to get pretty wound up at large rides so I would lead him the first half mile or so get him focused on me. SInce there are two of you it might pay to let the fast riders head out.
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The fact that you're going to do it shows that you've already got them things. The Best of Luck & Have a Blast!
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You go girl!!
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