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Re: [RC] [RC] A Gator Run Story - sharp penny

I guess it's all in what your horse is used to. Most of
our trails here are pretty flat with lots of places that
are wide open. Reno is more relaxed with the wide open
spaces as he can see the other horses. Horses can race past
him and it dosn't bother him. It's a different story when
we get in the woods with lots of twists and turns, he
litterally panicks when the horse in front of him
dissapears. The last 50 we did started in the woods with
lots of tricky ups and downs and hairpin turns. Reno went
nuts and I had to get him off to the side as soon as space
permitted to work on getting his mind right again. Just
like you, everyone that passed us ask if we were alright. I
guess we looked completely out of control. Reno was foaming
at the mouth and throwing a little temper tantrum. When he
realized that we weren't going anywhere until he listened
to me, everyone was long gone and the LD's were
passing....lol  He was good as gold the rest of the day and
we completed middle of the pack. 

Regards,
Penny

Regards,
Penny

--- Laurie Durgin <ladurgin@xxxxxxx> wrote:
Funny how the
OPEN seems to 
affect them. I was taken by surprise, I think that is the
mental part. 






From: "Laura Hayes" <mark@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [RC]   A Gator Run Story
Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 16:52:30 -0500

We just got home to find it 11 degrees and 2+ feet of
snow - that is
depressing!  We did have a great week at Gator Run in
Lake City, Florida.
My husband Mark McConnon vetted the three days and
friend Libby Llop and I
rode (well, I rode one day, more on that later!)

We drove two ten hour days to get to the ride - the trip
seemed endless, 
but
the ride grounds were great- pines and palmettos with
lots of firm sandy
ground.  We had brought an extra truck with a canoe on
top and a six horse
trailer with five horses and as much hay as Libby could
pack into the extra
stall.  We looked like a cross between the Beverly
Hillbillies and the
circus!

I rode my mare Equal Terms, who had just come off a win
and BC at Fort
Valley two day 100, where she was well mannered and
workman-like.
Weellllll, she much have had a change of heart
somewhere, because she saw
that long flat road and it blew her little horsey mind. 
She was hopping 
and
leaping and cantering sideways, so I actually GOT OFF
and led her for over
an hour!!!  People were coming by and asking if I was
OK, (thank you!) and 
I
was EMBARRASSED!!  Good Grief- I looked like someone's
grandma afraid of 
the
family pony!  It occurred to me that I could just let
her go and go to the
front - she is 12, not a baby, and fit as a fiddle, but
you know what?  I
couldn't do it.  This is going to be my hundred mile
horse - she is going 
to
last me years, and by gosh, I am NOT going to risk
letting her ruin THAT!!
I don't have international aspirations, but I would like
to do well on some
of the bigger 100s in this country.  I will not let her
run wild just
because she WANTS to.  Ok, call me chicken - I can take
it.

Val Kanavy was schooling her beautiful Shadon, and
walked with me for a
while.  She could actually stay on the horse and do this
- my horse was
still dancing around me.  Val trotted on, and dead last
in the ride, I
finally mounted.  I decided right then, if E did this to
me on the next two
days, I would just turn her loose in the swamp and drive
back to NY.

We passed Becky Siler who was taking pictures and
trotted in relative
control down the road when another horse came into view.
 Suddenly, E shied
violently and DUMPED me!  This was truly out of
character for her, and as I
sat on the ground trying to remove the half chap and
sneaker that was 
ripped
half off my leg, I ALMOST cried.  My hip hurt, my pride
was wounded and boy
was I mad!  E trotted about 1/8 of a mile toward the
other rider, who never
saw me, and stopped.  I was glad in retrospect, that I
own no
firearms.....She stood sideways in the road and watched
the other rider
disappear around a corner, and then the most amazing
thing happened.  She
turned slowly and trotted straight back to me. OK, she
can stay another few
months....

We went on to finish somewhere around 40th, passing 10
riders in the
remaining two legs.  I was really sore from the fall and
glad to be done.

More later.

Laura Hayes AERC#2741




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