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Re: [RC] Pacing - Linda

Angie...

   Thank You for pointing this out.   I think most people new to this sport
(like me) are concentrating on our own horse and are not aware of the effect
we may be having on other horses around us.  I believe it is not only my
responsibility to take as good a care of my horse as possible, but also to
interfere with someone else's ride as little as possible.   I'm going to be
more aware of  "if" I am yo-yo'ing and how it may be effecting someone elses
ride.   Not that it is always avoidable... but when it is, I'm going to try
to avoid it.

JMHO
Linda


Last year I rode with someone who did intervals of walk and trot over 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.

Can't imagine how you can top 10 walking but anyway, I'll be the bad guy
and say it drives me crazy when somebody walks then canters back and forth
by me.  The thing is, it's like a giant rubberband is attached to my horse.
The person sits there on their walking horse as I trot by, the rubberband
attaches from their horse to mine.  The farther my horse trots away, the
harder that rubberband tugs my horse backwards, then at a critical point the
pull is just too much for the walking horse and he gallops up on us and past
us at which time the rubberband pulls my horse  faster than I wanna go, and
slows their horse back down to a walk.  The rider of the other horse seems
to just be a passenger. I see this technique mostly among people who are
unsure about just how much is too much for their horse. They are worried
that they're asking too much of their horse, so they just take what he
offers, which is the walk canter being dragged along by another horse.  It's
just really upsetting to my horse to have them going back and forth. If they
 want to pass me, fine. If they want to stay back, fine, but the
leapfrogging is very irritating.

I remember when I used to think I needed to trot/walk.  It was my problem,
not my horse's. I finally realized that trotting did not affect him the way
jogging affects me. They have the springy action of the pasterns and it's
more like jogging on a trampaline.  I highly recommend that you stick to the
steady trot.  If you need to walk, O.K. but if you're leapfrogging  a lot I
think it's a sign the horse is probably in charge and just drifting along
reacting to other horses rather than the rider.  Maybe this is way off in
your case, but there are definatley those who it does fit.

Angie





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