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post #1631 of 2239 Old 11-28-2018, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Last week, DH and I trekked down to South Carolina for the last ride of the season. It was 10F with a real feel of 2F when we pulled out at 4am - needless to say, George did not get a bath first!

We arrived late afternoon and got settled. There was some hazy sunshine which we greatly appreciated, as we haven't seen the sun in a long time. It was also in the low 50s, which felt like a heatwave.



Everyone brought various dishes, so together we had a wonderful full Friendsgiving meal. We ate until we were stuffed and there was plenty for later!

Friday morning was cool but the sun was out, which felt wonderful. We got everyone out for a pre-ride first thing.



The rest of the morning was prep time. Our group had two in the 100 (Flo & Kathy and Sarge & Rich), one in the 75 (George & DH), two in the 55 (Beryl & Dana and Fluffy & me) and one in the 30 (Brim & Lani). Other rigs started rolling in and camp got busy. Before we knew it, it was time to vet in.



Since I know there are many Brimstone fans, here we are trotting for his vet in:



Kestrel got some good quality time with her ball, not only with Katie but also with Cossie, a friend's adult border collie. Kestrel was so insulted that Cossie could outrun her!



Unfortunately, the predicted rain moved in overnight. It rained off and on from about midnight on. As everyone is well aware, I loathe being wet. I helped DH, Rich and Kathy get ready and off on trail all the while muttering about the weather, as the rain had turned steady and it was quite chilly. Next up was Lani (the LD started before the 55 due to hold flow), who also muttered about the wet as the rain never slackened.

Dana brought Beryl over to hang out with Fluffy while we waited for our start time. The rain was falling steadily as we got on and made our way to the start. There was a lot of asking "why do we do this again?!" as we warmed up.



By the time we started, I was soaked from the waist down. [I do own rain pants, but they are slick and I was afraid that I might boing right off Fluffy if she was riled up..]

The first loop was 30 miles and it was mighty wet to start with. The area has sandy footing, which luckily doesn't get slick when it's wet, but they had flooding earlier in the week so there were some places with washouts, etc.





The rain ended a bit after 9, for which we were profoundly thankful. While a lot of the trail dried out amazingly fast, the same could not be said of me!



Fluffy was feeling mighty fine, but with Beryl there as a good role model, she never got super fussy and my arms didn't get any longer. Because of the rolling terrain, we did have some nice places to canter (which I think helps a lot both from a muscle standpoint and a mental one).



We got into the first hold and I was thrilled to not see Flo or Brim there. That meant Fluffy hollered a couple times, then was content to hang out with Beryl. They both pulsed down by the time we had pulled tack and vetted through without incident. It was bliss to change into dry clothing, though thank goodness we had a long hold as it took me forever to get my damp feet into my compression socks.

I had just tacked Fluffy and given her electrolytes when she started screaming - Brim was coming in to finish! Of course I had to take her over to where Lani was pulling Brim's tack, as both were beside themselves. We got Lani completed just in time to get back out on trail on time.

The second loop was 15 miles and went out the same way as the first loop. Amazing the difference a few hours of not-rain makes to the ground there!



Both horses were a bit unenthused to begin with, but once we turned off from the morning trail they perked back up (we, too, were happy to not be doing that 30 mile loop again). We had found a nice space bubble and didn't see other horses the entire loop.



to be continued..


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post #1632 of 2239 Old 11-28-2018, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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part 2:

We got into the second hold and Lani was there waiting for us. We got the horses untacked and vetted without concern. Beryl came over to Jefferson, as Brim was already there and it saved a lot of angst. Fluffy was happy to eat basically non-stop.



The last loop was 12 miles. The mares felt no reason to leave their feed dishes, but once Fluffy got a glimpse of a horse in front of her, she decided she could go on after all. This loop was all public road, so the scenery varied.



We got to see some impressive flood remains in several places - I can't even imagine what the raging water must have looked like to have uprooted giant trees and cut deep swaths into the ground.



We got back into camp to finish as the sun set. The girls vetted through without concern and we actually weren't turtle like we expected!






Just after getting Fluffy settled, Flo and Sarge came in. Unfortunately, Flo was off, so her ride was over. Rich and Sarge continued on alone.

Not long after they were back on trail, DH and George came in for their finish. George looked great though DH was a bit gimpy (no surprise as he doesn't do much, if any riding between events). They had tied for first with the two ladies they rode with most of the day.



At the end of the day, our group was 5 for 6 in terms of finishes. It felt so nice to fall into a warm bed once everyone was done! We didn't stay there nearly long enough though, as we were on the road for home by 6 am. Traffic wasn't too bad the first half of the 11 hour drive, but was fairly miserable the second half.

Kestrel helped with the navigating:




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post #1633 of 2239 Old 11-28-2018, 03:36 PM
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YAY!!! Soooo happy for all of you!

George, what a year! I had my fingers crossed for you all weekend for him! His ride pictures just looked fabulous, I actually had to look twice because I thought he was Phin! No way he looks 19!

Seems like a fairly uneventful ride with Fluffy (in a good way!) She too looked amazing!

Love the Kestrel pictures! Anyone off you a husband or a horse for her?
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post #1634 of 2239 Old 11-28-2018, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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Love the Kestrel pictures! Anyone off you a husband or a horse for her?
Lol, not this ride.


I did, though, get lectured by some random person that Kestrel needed sheep and since we didn't have sheep we better go buy some otherwise we were not providing her with a proper environment. I had to bite my tongue very hard..


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On Tuesday, I turned Raven out with the rest of the herd. Despite everyone hanging out together calmly across the fence, Sultan promptly turned into a [email protected]@ss and charged, chasing Raven to the far end of the pasture. Not what I wanted to see, but I know a horse joining an established herd is traumatizing for everyone.

I spend the day outside clearing out the trailer so I could keep an eye on things. While Sultan being a jerk didn't surprise me, I WAS surprised to see Phin acting the same way!! Poor Raven didn't even try to stand up for himself, just fled. Luckily, they have been taking turns chasing him and are not ganging up on him together (where I would be afraid they could get him pinned in a corner, etc).

I have hay spread out all over creation now, as I want to make sure Raven has something to eat since our grass is hardly lush. Nobody has a mark on them so far.

I keep telling myself they are just being horses and will work things out, but sure is frustrating..


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post #1636 of 2239 Old 11-29-2018, 12:32 AM
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Congrats on the successful ride. Sorry to hear Flo didn't complete, tho.

Is Kestrel a smooth coat? She's getting so big! She sure is pretty though.

And I'm sure Raven will find his place in the herd in time. The new kid always gets picked on as everyone wants to ensure they don't lose ground in the pecking order.

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I love your ride videos! the one where you can see the horse in the raindrop is awesome.

Herd dynamics are always scary. Hope everything has settled down and YEAH for George (and hubby)
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The ride videos are great as always. I always enjoy watching them. Looks amazing! Yay for a great ride. Even though it was wet!

Such a great year for you guys. What a way to finish it off! Kestrel is getting so big, & wow...there's always that ONE person that has something to say. People need to mind their business. It would've been hard for me to bite my tongue at that one.

Love all the pictures, everyone looks so happy! As for Raven & the herd, it'll get better in time. :) I know it sucks being the 'new kid' on the block!

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Is Kestrel a smooth coat?
Both her parents were normal long coats, so I assume she will be too. She is starting to get fluffy around her head, down her spine, and her tail so I think its just a matter of time. She is also getting her big girl teeth - I have actually found two (a molar and a canine) randomly around the house! Does the tooth fairy come for dogs?!


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Herd dynamics are always scary. Hope everything has settled down
Unfortunately, Sultan was getting worse and worse instead of better, so he got put into a paddock by himself last night. That seems to have helped, as Phin only does a boingy, tail-flagged trot at Raven now, versus charging full out, ears back etc. Raven still flees if Phin so much as looks at him, but that distance is getting shorter. [George ignores all the fuss altogether, so I am hoping Phin starts modeling him!]

And now that Sultan is on the other side of a fence, he is back to hanging out very close to Raven without issue. Go figure!


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DH was a bit gimpy (no surprise as he doesn't do much, if any riding between events).
This is something I was curious about, but did not want to ask, because it seems that he does not train as often as you. I mean, I don't know if I could ever get my body into a shape where it could withstand endurance riding, especially at this age. Riding 2-3 times a week is my max, because I need recovery in between, but not riding much at all in between endurance rides? And then 11 hours in a car? Yeah, I'd be more than just a bit gimpy.


Sounds like Sultan is perhaps repentant?
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