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RE: [RC] Rude Awakening - Ranelle Rubin

Oh D'Arcy..you are too kind!

Hey, all, she was a trooper..I could sense she was not doing too well in the heat, made her drink the last of my Recharge..and headed into civilization..knowing we would at least have help if we needed it. She was definitely in the early stages of heat exhaustion by the time we got her into the shade and sitting down. I am glad she listened to me and let me go get the trailer..there was little to no shade between us and the trailhead.

All turned out well, and she is thankfully, fine and posting on Ridecamp!! Yeah!!

Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway. ~ John Wayne

Ranelle Rubin, Business Consultant
Independent Dynamite Distributor

530-885-3510 home office
916-718-2427 cellular
916-848-3662 fax

Date: Fri, 16 May 2008 17:07:24 -0700
From: cest.mon.virage@xxxxxxxxx
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx; raneller@xxxxxxx; iam1kt@xxxxxxxxx; clftncofresi@xxxxxxxxx; clvazquez1@xxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [RC] Rude Awakening

Okay, so I have been slowly bringing my mare, Valentina, along to do endurance!  I have been spoiled by nice COOL, temperatures all winter.  Well, imagine my rude awakening today, with 101-103 degree temps, that I am not iron woman!  Ranelle met me in Cool to do a 15 mile ride.  Well, a conditioning ride for me, and exercise ride for Ranelle and Fellow!  I have been riding off and on all winter with some wonderful people.  I haven't had to push Valentina or myself to the next level of ANY kind because most of these riders are not into endurance and have no desire to go much more than a walk/trot/walk! 
I figured if I wanted to get Valentina up to another level I would need to ride with someone that a) knows endurance; b) is GOOD at endurance, and c) is highly knowledgeable about endurance!  Riding with Ranelle on a couple of occasions and crewing for her at Washoe Lake, was testament that I needed to  get a little more serious.  Well, today, kicked my butt from one end of the trail to the other.  I was doing okay until about mile 8.5.  We stopped for a bit and all of a sudden the heat of the day washed over me and I felt like I was going to pass out!  I sat down for a bit and got back up.  Rode another couple of miles had to dismount for a guy doing weed eating!  I couldn't get back up.  The heat got to me so badly all I could do is walk over to a tree and sit down.  Ranelle went up to get water from the Auburn Lakes Trail pool.  She poured water over my back, neck and head!  Then she pulled rank and said the ride was over and she was going to get a ride to pick up her truck and trailer.  Which she did.  I sat with Valentina and Fellow!  They stood so still!  They knew something was very wrong and they were THE BEST horses ever!  Valentina at one point nudged my shoulder with her muzzle.  Then surprisingly, Fellow nudged my neck with his muzzle!  More testament to how well horses are in tune with humans. 
So, we got back to Cool, Ranelle gave me more water and some chips.  We hosed off the horses.  And headed home. 
Here is my conclusion of today!  One I have been drinking far too much tea and coffee lately!  My muscles dehydrated far too fast.  I didn't hydrate well enough from last night to this morning.  I had a snack bar for breakfast!  Bad idea when you are going to do lots of posting!  Listen to the experienced endurance person!  If anyone thinks they can get ready for endurance, training themselves and their horses, without a coach, is INSANE!  I am not the type of person to leave my health and well being in the hands of any one else.  Today, I learned how to be humble, and what humility is all about! 
I am back home.  It's been a few hours.  My daughter, Chris, was here to pick up Raquel for the weekend.   She stayed with me for about an hour to make sure I was okay.  Made sure I had lots of water.  And left me with some small bottle to freeze and put in my saddle pack for next time!   And yes, there will be a next time.  Even though at one point today I wanted to drop to the ground, cry, and swear off of even thinking about doing endurance.  I will continue.  However, not without a complete revamp of my training schedule, diet and exercise programs!
Thank you, Ranelle, and your ever so patient Fellow, for the person you are and the stand you take in life!  I would have been in serious trouble today if it had not been for your professionalism. 

D'Arcy L. Demianoff-Thompson

[RC] Rude Awakening, D'Arcy Demianoff-Thompson