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Firemountain 50 Ride Story
My mare, Montoya DSA,
and I just got back from the Firemountain 50. For those who don't
like ride stories - please delete.
This ride was particularly
important for me this year because I had to pull the last time that I did
it. I completed it in 1997 with my first endurance horse. I took her
back to Firemountain in 1998 fully expecting to complete the ride. At vet
check 1 however, I pulled her due to lameness. After one more pull later
in the year, I realized that she didn't particularly care for endurance riding
and that she would be happier as a trail horse. She did do 510
AERC miles though before I sold her to a friend.
I bought a new mare in
December of 1998. I missed Firemountain in 1999 because my new mare was
not ready to do the ride. In fact she was 9 and 1/2 and still only green
broke! After riding her for a full year and doing 1 LD and 325 miles of
50's (one was a 75), I was ready to come back to Firemountain!
I had those "jinxed"
feelings at the start and had to work hard to get them out of my head - we all
know that those won't do a bit of good! Once I got started, I realized
that my mare and I were going to have a great day. She traveled so
effortlessly and lightly throughout the day that I knew we were going to
finish. We started at 6:30 a.m. and sailed across the finish line at
I was so proud of her and
thrilled to know that I have found a horse that loves doing endurance.
I'll be heading to 20 Mule Team in February with a very confident attitude - no
jinxed feelings left!
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