[RC] LD or longer - Larry Miller
Just do whatever you are comfortable doing. I consider and LD a training
ride and sometimes will do them just because I don't feel that my horse is
ready for a 50 or maybe I am not ready for a 50. The most important thing
is to enjoy what one is doing, have a good time while doing it, keep the
horse happy, healthy and sound. I have never worried about any of my horses
getting attached to the 25 distance and refusing to go further as in a 50.
It just never happened!! I have started everyone of my guys the same way,
lots of competitive, lots of 25s, lots of back to back days at the rides,
and after 2 to 3 years of LSD, then the 50s and more are done. This has
worked for me 4 horses and I am now starting my 5th. My biggest problem is
my body. It just aint like what it used to be!! Sigh! I now use a step up
to get on, I don't have the desire to condition as much as I use to, and I
am just glad that I can still get on a horse and drive everyone else nuts
with my beautiful singing on trail!! Jeanie
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