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[RC] Comment on my last post - Rides 2 Far

The post came from my experience of 30+ calls of people asking me how
hard or how many hills did we have at the Hog Wild Rides.  

Funny though...often the things that we as riders think make a ride
"easier" do not translate into higher completion rates...but lower.
Million Pines for instance seems like an "easy" trail. Sandy firm pack
roads. No rocks. Not that much deep sand even the 2nd time around, but
the completion rate would make you think it was Tevis. In contrast, last
week in the mud 31 out of 31 entries in the 25 miler at LBL finished. I
think 31 out of 41 or something like that finished in the 50 which seemed
awfully high to me considering the depth of the mud I saw (and the vets
were good and plenty capable of seeing lameness).

I'm probably more paranoid that lots of people. I have a very vivid
imagination. Terrain that I love on every other day of the week looks
like it's out to do nothing but lame my horse on ride day. Doesn't matter
if it's flat sand or verticle mountains. I'm scared of it all.  What I
fear most is a ride manager who has no imagination. I don't mind a tough
course if I feel like the manager has laid it out thoughtfully, planned
ways for me to have my horse checked often and given me the best possible
chance of getting through it safely...but is prepared in case the worst


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