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Re: RC: ATTN: GERA Classic Riders
Just had time to read my email....The ride was great, I really loved the
river crossings. The first loop was on more level ground but trails were
rocky, the second loop was harder, it was mostly uphill climb. It is a tough
trail and you do really have to pace yourself. Ramsey and I had entered the
50 miler, but we only made 2 loops (25 miles). At the vet check his
hydration was not looking very good so I decided to stop while he was still
in decent condition. The vet thought that was a wise decision. I could
not get him to eat anything and he drank only a little. This was his first
ride so it may have been the excitment of it all or just having a bit in his
mouth. I am going to try a hackamore next ride and see if that helps.
The problem I have with a hackamore is that I don't feel I have the same
control as I do with a bit (kimberwick) Ramsey hates for any horse to pass
him and all those horses cantering or troting past him just made for one big
battle to hold him back and try to control his pace. Has anyone else had
this problem? I learned a lot about my horse at this ride and I am really
proud of him. His attitude was so great....he would have kept going till he
dropped. He needs more conditioning and more experience at the rides. Our
next ride is at Natchez Trace on Sept. 18th. I am going to enter him in the
25 miler. Wish us luck!
cat and ramsey
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