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Re:Re:Re: [RC] 100 Milers - rides2far

I cannot comment on the decline in 100 milers, because I have not done them 
yet.  But fear may certainly be a factor.  It seems to me, some of the 
people encouraging LD and 50 milers to move up are the same >>>people 
criticizing others for pushing their horses too hard.  Kind of confusing.

I assume you mean me.  Let me explain. Starting horse with good steady 
competition...getting some solid miles on him..doing 50s successfully until you 
and your horse are comfortable with that, then moving up to try completing a 
100 is GOOD.

Buying a horse, putting 90 days training on him to get the recoveries going, 
running at the front in a few races till the lack of base shows up in the legs 
is BAD.  The real thing people should fear is speed, not distance.  Funny 
thing, my horse never really showed much speed till he did distance. He was 
just a solid completer till he did his first 100 then suddenly decided he was a 
fairly quick 50 horse. 

I cannot think of anyone that I have ever tried to discourage from advancing. I 
hope I try to help others up, not discourage them. If warning someone that the 
route they're taking may look shorter but is more than likely a dead end is 
unkind...I wish someone had been unkind to me a few times. Could have saved 
*me* some dead ends.


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