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Re: [RC] Pacing - Joe Long

On Sun, 5 Jan 2003 20:43:28 -0800, "Kathy Mayeda"
<kathy.mayeda@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Last year I rode with someone who did intervals of walk and trot over
the long flat stretches.  This year I rode with someone who maintained
long sustained trots.  Then I rode with someone else who would walk,
then canter to catch up.   All three regularly top ten endurance rides
of 50 to 100 miles.

Beau and I discovered the beauty of maintaining a long sustained trot.
We used to be the surge and rest type, which I think annoys some of the
other riders.  What do you think?

Every horse and every ride is different, but generally a steady,
consistent pace is the best, IMO.  I've often had other riders pass
me, then I pass them while they're walking, then they pass me again,
etc.  I almost always end up finishing ahead of them.

You shouldn't IMO alter your pace to please other riders, in any


Joe Long

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[RC] Pacing, Kathy Mayeda