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Re: [RC] Getting a horse ready for its first endurance ride - long - Ericka Nelson

hi Marci,
thank you for your story.  i feel you are correct about the start of multi day rides.  most everyone starts at a walk.  and to finish 200 or 250 miles in five days...well, yeah, i only have about 1500 miles and my AERC number is 18973,  but when you finish a multi day, well, i think that is what they meant when they called it endurance.  at least that is my take on the endurance discussion.
sorry, i know that wasn't your intention of your post, but that is what came to my mind after reading all the banter about what endurance really means.
and, being a relatively new rider, i am hesitant to send this post.  but, we are in America and we are entitled to our opinion.  and multi days are a true test of endurance...that is the way i see it.
----- Original Message -----
From: Cunningham, Marci
Sent: Tuesday, August 08, 2006 12:07 PM
Subject: [RC] Getting a horse ready for its first endurance ride - long

 I highly recommend multi day rides for starting new horses as the stress level is almost non existent.  Most riders start out at a walk and aren?t in too much of a hurry to go faster until the horses are well warmed up.  Newby riders might think that they don?t know anyone who they can ride with but if they ask at the ride meeting often there will be someone who will volunteer.  I strongly encourage new riders to leave camp after the start to avoid the stress and commotion of the crowds and there are many veteran riders who do the same thing.  Even if you don?t have any close multi day rides consider finding one to go to.  The Nevada ride was a 12 hour haul and we took 2 days going but came home in 1 day.  I will also add that I started endurance in my early 30?s and have been at it for close to 25 years.  


Happy Trails,

Marci Cunningham

Bakersfield CA

[RC] Getting a horse ready for its first endurance ride - long, Cunningham, Marci