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    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!

    Wendy Merendini

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