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[RC] Rocks, Hills, Weather, OH MY! - Robin Everett

Been following this thread with interest, so thought I would weigh in.  I do agree that the more difficult, technical trails are far more interesting.  And they do make you slow down!
Tammy - I'm one of the two Petaluma ladies who came down for Hog Wild Day One after SASO IV was cancelled.  We hauled 8 hours to get there.  Finished just in front of John Parke, in 11 hours.  I wanted to go slow, but we also had some issues.  My girlfriend got her ankle whacked by a dancing horse while tacking up in the a.m. Was lame at a walk all day.  And my horse lost a shoe and had to have that replaced at the lunch break.  All our breaks wound up taking longer than planned!  We collected our gorgeous tee shirts, and hauled the 8 hours home.  Got in at 4:00 a.m. Turned the horses out with feed so they could walk off the trailer ride and left them there for 13 hours.  They were sore Sunday, but better by Monday and pretty much normal by Tuesday.
My friend is a new endurance rider, and this was her 3rd 50.  She raved about the ride!  Said she had more fun there than on either of the others. {: >  This woman was a real wimp when I started riding with her 2 years ago - got off to walk down every hill, and worried about narrow trails with steep sides.  You can see she's changed!
Hog Wild is "on our list" of rides we'd like to do again - hopefully both days.  And the technical trail is a big reason why. Although the perfect marking and the great help made concentrating on the trail much easier.

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