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Re: Liberty Run II Part 1 Goat's tail.(LONG)
I really enjoyed your story! If Goat ever comes out to California, I'd love
to meet him. My kinda horse!
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Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 1999 10:26 PM
Subject: RC: Liberty Run II Part 1 Goat's tail.(LONG)
> Hope this doesn't get too long! Here is part one!
> Duane and I had been discussing all spring where we would take "Goat"
> his first 100. We took him to Pa for the Fort Armstrong 75-mile ride. He
> finished well, even after trying to drown us both in a creek (he thinks he
> can just keep easing out in the water not listening to me!), and falling
> the asphalt as we headed out on our last loop. I was the only one injured
> the fall! Well, my saddle, my helmet, and me! We decided Liberty Run in
> Augusta, GA would be a good one since he handled the mountains of Pa just
> fine. He had just finished well at the first day of the Big South Fork
> since I was manager on Saturday this was the only day I could ride. So
> we were ready to take him to his first 100.
> Goat is usually the best loader in the world, you lead him up to the
> trailer and he hops right in. For some reason, did someone tell him he
> going to have to do a 100? He decided to stomp on my foot first. I
> questioned his heritage, and he hopped on. It was a 5+ hour drive, so one
> the closest for us. Duane, bless his heart, drove all the way.
> The campground is absolutely gorgeous. Set on a lake, with picnic
> water and some electrical hookups. And primitive showers on the grounds.
> decided on some lake front property, and set up camp. Goat has a picket
> line, that comes complete with it's own tie pole. Duane's dad made it, it
> pretty cool. And other than Big South Fork when Goat decided to take it
> the horse trailer visiting…it works well!
> The ride is held on an Army base, and after setting up camp, I needed to
> run to the store and find stuff I had forgotten. Charlotte Ladevig, bless
> her heart, is retired military and has an ID so we made up some huge story
> about me being her sister in law to try and get me in the Commissary.
> Despite our elaborate plans, I had to wait on her outside. Charlotte also
> loaned me a ton of stuff, for some reason we came without reins. Many
> Charlotte. Note to all: Don't be my neighbor, I borrow a lot! It turns
> this ride is to be a first hundred for several people as well as horses.
> Vicki Parker held the ride meeting and announced loops etc. So we are
> up pneumonic's to remember the order of the loops.
> 5 am comes quickly, I finally roll out of bed and get Goat ready to go.
> are starting the 100, with most of them doing either the person's first
> hundred or the horse's. We head to the start line to try and find Nancy.
> Nancy Gooch is absolutely the best timer in the world.
> At 7 am we are off! I start off trying to make Goat trot, he can really
> trot…if he will (and you can convince him)! And am riding with Lynn
> (from VA?). We are trotting along and she asks Goat's name. I tell her
> real name is Saint Patrick Z, but we call him Goat. She misheard me and
> I can see why. I said apparently you have seen him eat. She looked
> and she asked me again what we called him, I told her, she said she
> said we call him Go! I had packed some Skittles for the slow dry times,
> since they help moisten my mouth. Note to self: find quieter candy. I
> didn't have a chance to eat any till mile 65 or so.
> Pretty soon Valerie Kanavy, Betty Baker and Rita Swift take off. They
> arrive a few minutes ahead of us after the first loop. We untack Goat,
> holds were 40 minutes so you had plenty of time, so we thought! The other
> distances, the 50 and the 25 left 30min. and an hour and a half behind us,
> the 25 milers did a different loop than we did. So we beat everyone back
> the Vet check so no lines. Goat vetted through quickly with all A's but
> sounds, which totally baffles me since he will eat anything that doesn't
> him first. And eat non-stop. Which he proves as we wait out the 40
> hold time. Duane has a good assortment of food stuff for him laid out, of
> course he decides Karen Clark's hay is better. But that was okay since
> Karen's horse, decided Goat's was better, so we swapped hay bags for the
> duration of the ride. Soon enough Lynn and I are out on the next loop.
> is also a 15 mile loop. You do 15, 15 and 20 although you come double a
> mile loop and can stop in camp halfway through, then you repeat them all
> You would not believe the water that Vickie and the rest of the Parker
> people had put out! You sure didn't go far without any, natural or man
> It was great. Not only that, the trail was one of the best marked I have
> ever been on in my life. I have never rode at Liberty Run, have only
> it, so I had never seen any of the trail. The purple loop also went
> lake. Here is a little warning, don't get behind Goat in a water hole, he
> thinks I don't know how to sponge properly. Now I'm no Angie McGhee, but
> can swing a pretty mean sponge. He paws and splashes, on second thought,
> would save you from sponging if you get in behind him. He actually
> considered putting his foot in the tubs Vickie had provided, I had to
> chastise him severely on several occasions.
> All the vet checks were back in camp, great for crews, but not so great
> the horses. I arrived back in less than and hour and a half, Duane met us
> the road with some jugs. He was an incredible crew, not only for me, but
> took care of Karen and when we were out on the trail, helped vet horses
> through. Plus had food for Goat and I when we got in. Must have ran
> non-stop the entire day. It's much easier riding than crewing, take it
> someone who knows! Goat dropped fast, and we went to vet through. The
> was huge! Duane ran and got Karen and I our hay bags, we swapped so the
> horses would have each other's hay and be happy. He also brought water
> sponge and cleaned both our horses up while we waited in line! We finally
> arrived at the vet, and no we didn't cut line! Goat was at 44, and went
> on his CRI, considerably. The vet looked under his brows at me and told
> to come back before leaving. I wasn't as concerned as the horse got all
> otherwise, and was being a jerk on the trail. All I had time to do was go
> tack up and come back. He went 44/48 and the vet said he was clear to go.
> So off we went on the 10/20-mile trail.
> You may a loop around a lake and they still had tubs of water out! It
> getting pretty hot, and I get heat stress. Here is another helpful hint,
> caught a bunch of 25 milers. Barbara Chu had three of the cutest little
> girls riding with her. I stupidly made a comment about her ducklings, as
> passed Barbara had them doing a duck song, complete with flapping arms.
> was not amused; I almost got to go for a swim! About 7 miles through the
> loop, we came up on a creek with concrete blocks in it. I asked the
> if they remember what ride management said, as I talked too much through
> ride meeting. They said she hadn't mentioned it. Betsy Gilman, a 25
> pipes up and says, "I will go first since I'm only a 25 miler, and it
> matter if my horse gets hurt". Absolutely not! We tell her. It looks
> pretty good on one side so one of the 100 miles goes through first. No
> problem, other than Goat soaking all behind him. Paw step, paw step.
> We had decided to stop in camp for a "mini" vet check. We all got off,
> the horses to pee. The command pee already works well for Goat. He peed
> every VC, occasionally not much as if to say, "happy?" They munched a
> and then back out on the other 10.
> Nina Gibson and Goat (Saint Patrick Z)
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