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Re: [RC] What type of training - question for Truman - Sisu West Ranch

Since CTR does not have a national organization the methods and rules vary widely.  Some organizations do start horses at intervals.  UMECRA forms the participants up into groups that leave at 15 or 20 minute intervals.  The number and size of the groups depends on the numbers of P/R people and vet judges.
The pace is controled by the ending time of the ride.  For example if you have 3 hours 30 minutes to complete a 25 mile ride (a typical 7 mph UMECRA pace), a 45 minute hold and start at 10 AM  you will be done at 2:15 PM.  You have between 2:10 and 2:20 to cross the line.  You are penalized one point per minute either early or late.
The consistant winners will go down the trail at quite close to the pace, and plan on arriving at the 2 mile marker (a required feature of the course) with a few minutes to spare.  Then depending on the speed their horse walks leave so that they cross the finish line at the right time.  Some people, of course, rush through the ride and end up waiting at the marker for a long time.  If you do a few years of CTR, you start to learn how fast your horse is going, how much time you lost by walking a bad stretch etc.  It is good training for both horse and rider.  In the Midwest about 80% of horses start by doing a couple of years of CTR.
Ed & Wendy Hauser
2994 Mittower Road
Victor, MT 59875
(406) 642-9640

[RC] What type of training - question for Truman, Angie and David