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post #1331 of 1366 Old 12-21-2018, 10:10 AM
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My goal for 2018 was to ride 400 miles. I finished October with 353 miles and thought it was pretty much a done deal. Well, that's what I get for counting my eggs before they hatch. Between the 30th of October and the 10th of December, I had one chance to ride. Suddenly, I'm in the middle of the second week in December and I'm 46 miles short of my goal and there's bad weather, holiday obligations and work to be done. But I was able to ride the last three days and today I made it to 402 miles. That feels much better.
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I'm in the same situation, not a lot of days left in the year so we'll see what happens.
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I don't expect to hit 2000 this year. My family comes tomorrow, and it is unlikely I will be riding during their visit. So I won't make a personal best for 2018, but considering I didn't compete on our horses at all this season and 2 out of 3 horses were out of commission most of the year even for training.. I am very happy with the total I have!
I'm a bit bummed, I had hoped to at least exceed last year's total (163 miles) but was really targeting 200+ miles. But an unexpected move in the middle of the year, and unexpected trailer loading issue with my main mare, and unexpected snow the first week of November really got me off track. So, it's looking like I'm going to end the year at 143 miles. We are having torrential rain today melting the foot of snow on the ground, which will end with a flash freeze tomorrow So I'm not really expecting much more riding.

I will say though, even when I was getting less saddle time than I wanted, I've loved being part of this thread and find it really inspiring. It's wonderful to see so many different people, horses, and beautiful places and get to vicariously experience so many different kinds of "trail riding." Thanks to everyone who's participated in the thread.


Here's to an ambitious 2019!
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post #1332 of 1366 Old 12-21-2018, 04:40 PM
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I have been following along but since my gps broke in 2017 haven't been able to record my miles. I also lost my riding buddy this fall, but really she was a "perfect conditions" rider so missed a lot of ride time.

I will be making a goal of finding more people to ride with next year, so hopefully increase my riding time.

Will never reach @phantomhorse13 totals, but hope to improve on my personal best of 175 +/- (been too long to remember)

Happy trails!
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post #1333 of 1366 Old 12-21-2018, 04:47 PM
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Ha, I said at the beginning of the year I will match @phantomhorse13's miles and then move the decimal point 2 places (to the left, of course ) - I think I succeeded and rode even more than that


Maybe I can double that next year
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post #1334 of 1366 Old 12-21-2018, 05:07 PM
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Ha, I said at the beginning of the year I will match @phantomhorse13's miles and then move the decimal point 2 places (to the left, of course ) - I think I succeeded and rode even more than that


Maybe I can double that next year
Moving the decimal (left) is the only way to get close to her numbers! Unless you ride everyday like @knightrider
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post #1335 of 1366 Old 12-22-2018, 07:58 PM
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Tonight I took my teen girls on a moonlight ride. The moon is full tonight and quite bright. It was a bit cold, but not too bad. I normally do not like moonlight rides that much because I do them so often, riding in the early morning every day. In the winter, the ride starts off every morning in the dark. Riding in the dark is better than not riding at all, but it certainly has its drawbacks.

But it was more fun with a group of teen girls who thought riding in the moonlight was super cool. All my horses are used to riding in the dark, and we stayed in our neighbor farmer's planted pine fields where we had permission to ride.
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post #1336 of 1366 Old 12-24-2018, 09:09 AM
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My poor horse probably thinks I lost my mind with riding 2 days in a row
Rode Saturday around the trails on the property - the beavers and rain are doing their best to create a water world! The little concrete bridge/crossing is now fully submerged and highly suspicious But still beats swimming through the ditch


Sunday I hauled out to the trails - it was muddy, but not as bad as it could have been. Simply a very nice, peaceful ride with some warmth and sunshine.
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post #1337 of 1366 Old 12-24-2018, 11:21 AM
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It has been over 2 months since my last ride! I'm hoping to get at least one more ride in this year - if it doesn't rain again! Trails are muck! But I'm happy. This thread, and chasing 1/10th of Phantom got me over 100 miles for the year. That's a real accomplishment for me and hopefully 2019 will be better!

Courage is taking just one more step...
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post #1338 of 1366 Old 12-25-2018, 09:35 AM
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@SwissMiss - Your pretty horse practically looks like sunshine! <3 Glad you got to enjoy some good weather!

Way to go, @Change ! I have a feeling next year will be even better! <3

I still have the lofty goal of being able to contribute in a meaningful way to this thread, beyond the 'oohing' and 'awing' that I do on a daily basis. It really is good for the soul for me to live vicariously through you all when I'm unable to, myself. I hope it's not a bother! :') Merry Christmas, everyone!

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post #1339 of 1366 Old 12-29-2018, 10:00 AM
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I got my new Garmin watch and I am completely geeking out on it. LOL. I have ridden twice since Christmas and have done almost 12 miles total. I hope to get out today but we are having Santa Ana winds and that makes for a not so fun ride. Its supposed to calm down this afternoon, so I will attempt to get out then. But since I read and posted on the Saddle Pad Anonymous thread, I will probably spend my time cleaning out my tack room. LOL
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post #1340 of 1366 Old 12-29-2018, 05:26 PM
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Welllll my miles in 2018 are just laughable. Between working/boarding dogs/RAIN/lack of motivation I just didn't get any riding in.

Things are looking up though. I've decided to quit boarding dogs so that should open up my weekends a ton to get some riding in.....well as long as it doesn't rain.

I also have been getting my motivation/desire to ride back the last few weeks...just everytime I've planned to go ride the second I walk outside it starts to rain. THANKS. I had lasik eye surgery this Thursday so now I'm recovering from that but HOPEFULLY I'll get a ride in next weekend!

Sooooo I'm ending the year at 118 miles. Good by horrible year of riding 2018....Hope to have a much better year in 2019.

Love everyones pics!
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