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[RC] Preparing for 100 miler - Bruce Weary DC

Keep in mind that since the horse is mature, its joints, cartilage and bone matrix are fully formed, and not as "malleable" or responsive to the physical stressors of concussion and exercise. I have read many articles that indicate that the mature horse, while certainly capable of beginning and succeeding at endurance work, will usually require a longer time for its "hard" tissues to respond to the physical demands, especially if longevity is to be considered. So, in my humble opinion, I would say yes, the horse can be made ready, by an experienced rider, for a 100 miler by August. Of 2007.
Heading off to 20 Mule Team to do the 100 with my foxtrotter mare this weekend. That is always such a great ride--good footing, honest mileage, tons of riders, and a great breakfast/awards ceremony the next morning. Since we hope to finish at around 3:00 in the morning, it is the only day of the year I will allow myself to start the day with a beer at 4:00 am. Most days, i usually wait 'till at least noon.................;) Bruce Weary


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