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[RC] A year of LDs - GarnerT

I chose to do a year of LDs because I enjoy going to rides & I have many
friends that I ride with that do 50s.  I also thought they would be good for
my horse as far as trailering, vet checks, all the commotion at a ride, etc.
I just didn't think he would deal well with everything, then ask him to do a
50 on top of that?  I also chose LD because my horse was only 4, so that's
what was allowed!

HOWEVER, some horse can deal with it just fine, so go out & ride!  If you
want to avoid the year of competition LD, then train a year & go do a 50.  I
agree that some horses can "nut up" with LD training.  It is my
understanding that Long Slow Distance is important for the horses' joints &
tendons, not just for mental training.  At least that's what the books I
purchased say.

There is a difference to me in the words Long Slow Distance & LD.  The books
written by endurance riders suggest Long Slow Distance to build up your
horse, not necessarily LD.  See the difference?

Kathy Garner & Taz



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