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[RC] 2009 VVRides Series - John Teeter

Ok, Beth's questions basically led me to the starting gate.

I've been procrastinating starting the VVRides this year b/c of the overhead of setting everyone up with their vet cards (log books:) - but (drum roll ....) --

the first of the 2009 Very Virtual Endurance Rides will start this coming thursday at sun-rise and run for 5 days, ending at sunset on Monday. (Jan15-Jan19). To register, you'll need to join the www.my- endurance.net 2009VVClassic group (http://www.my-endurance.net/group/ 2009vvclassic)

The short 2009 VVClassic(tm) will allow us to focus on the process of collecting and recording the following:

Distance, Average Speed, Trail (TrackLog), Start Time, Arrival Time, Pulse Time as the general parameters of the "phase". Then the following:

Mucus Membrane
Capillary Refill
Jugular Refill
Gut Sounds
Skin Tenting
Anal Tone
Muscle Tone
Tack Galls
Overall Impression

Basically, those things which one would look at during a normal vet check at a real ride.

This information is kept on-line in a google spreadsheet which is set up for each entrant. In addition, each entrant will need to keep a log of the ride phases in their rider blog and to submit pictures of their partners and of the trail.

Last year, there were 4 rides in the VVRides series. The most impressive (IMO:) results were turned in by Flora Hillman at the VVMarchMaddness ride:

http://www.endurance.net/VVMarchMaddness/http://www.endurance.net/ VVMarchMaddness/

I'll use (without her permission:) Flora as exempliary VVRider of 2008. Her 400 miles during the month of March, summarized in her blog here:

http://www.my-endurance.net/profiles/blog/show?id=932467%3ABlogPost %3A15984

with a blog entry for each phase, exemplified by:

http://www.my-endurance.net/profiles/blog/show?id=932467% 3ABlogPost%3A14577

Set the standard for which all VVRiders might aspire!!

Flora's Vet Card (Log Book?) may be found at:


So, I will post more information soon. The only requirements for entry are:

1 - you must be a member of the my-endurance.net social network
2 - you must have a google user id
3 - you must have a(t least one) horse, mule, zebra, or burro
4 - you must have access to the internet to submit your ride data

The Very Virtual Endurance Rides, where a mile is a mile, no matter where you do it or how long it takes you. It's the DISTANCE that does the trick:)

Stay Tuned!!


On Jan 13, 2009, at 5:26 AM, Beth Leggieri wrote:

Because private replies to my question about "log book adoption" were so helpful, I'm posting a follow-up in hopes of generating further suggestions from which others will benefit. Posting public replies would be most helpful. Thank you!

What data do you record on "conditioning" rides?

How do you maintain your spreadsheet?

How do you use the data you record?

What other sorts of records do you maintain for your horse?


Hideaway Farm, Jim & Beth Leggieri, Denton, TX
Athletes of Antiquity: Soaring Wings and Distance Arabians


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