[RC] [Guest] 100 Mile Rides - Ridecamp Moderator
Wendy Merendini wendy.merendini@xxxxxxxx
In my experience the pace is determined more by the terrain, the
conditioning level of your horse, the weather, rider bravery, than the fact
that it is dark. I have done eight and even 10 mph pace in the dark quite
easily IF the conditions allow. I just trust in my horse and they seem to
do just fine.
I have ridden where it was so dark that I could not see my hand held up in
front of my face really and had my mount trying to pull my arms out of
their sockets wanting to go faster, the rider bravery factor stepped in, I
was not comfortable galloping along when I could not see a blasted
thing. The year I did the Swanton Pacific, Sharon Westagard and I were
flying along on the mountain trail coming into the finish and I could not
see a thing just trusted Flikka. It was fun - like Mr. Toads Wild Ride.
One thing, Heidi is right about the helmet lamp try not to use one, not
only will it affect your horse it will disturb other riders and their
horses. Riders can get pretty grumpy when someone comes along with a light
and ruins the night vision adjustment achieved by them and their horse?it
could get ugly J!
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