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[RC] Back-to-back 100s - Stagg_Newman

Assuming your horse finished Pine Tree with no lameness issues,
there should be no problem doing the Wolverine on 8/5.

As long as the trail is not too tough and you do not condition
much between rides, 5 weeks is more than adequate.

In fact I usually use the Biltmore 100 which 5 weeks before Old Dominion
as my training ride for OD.

I belive we underestimate what our horses can do if
we properly care for them. In 1992 Drubin did 9 100s in one year.  
Several of the 100s were only 3 weeks apart and in one case I did 100s
two weeks apart.  (they were not slow 100s either
as 7 1st, 2nd, and 3rd - 5 BCs).  Most were on terrain with
good to excellent footing - we lived in CA at time).
We did not need to do much conditioning in between.
Drubin finished 1992 at same weight as started and
looked very sound.  He is still completing rides today
14 years later so do not believe 1992 shortened his career.

Note that Steve Rojek I believe did 9 100s a couple of years ago
on Finally.

From: RISTREE@xxxxxxx
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Tue, 4 Jul 2006 08:58:51 EDT
Subject: [RC] Back-to-back 100s -- what's too soon?

It was just a year ago that I was attempting to get thru my first 100, but it is safe to say that I'm now addicted and that my big guy, Ned, has found his niche.

So for those of you who have, or do ride more than one 100 a year, or are riding primarily 100s, how long do you leave between 100 mile rides?

Ned finished the Pine Tree on 6/24, and I'm contemplating the Wolverine on 8/5.  That's six weeks, and seems to be the minimum between rides (assuming the horse is bouncing back well, and he is) from what some of my experienced 100-mile riding friends are saying.   The horse will be getting tortured with dressage and some easy hacks between now and then.

Thoughts on this topic?

Stagg Newman
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