Check it Out!
Re: Re: Re: Uh-Oh! The LD thing again
Here goes: I am a newbie. By my own definition. I have alot to learn.
Next year will be our 3rd ride season. My horse EARNED his BC on the 25 LD
this summer. I know my horse and what he can do...I spent a year and a
half conditioning him before I ever went on a ride (not to mention the 2
years I put in on him ten years ago when I was first interested in
endurance but couldn't swing it and ended up having to sell Jonathan after
our house burned down). Sometimes the term "newbies" is used in a manner
on ridecamp that I find uncomfortable. I know I have more to learn and I
think there are plenty of "experienced" riders who could learn a thing or
two as well. I use all my sources....other riders, vets, ridecamp to learn
what I feel I need to know to be a competent endurance rider! I doubt if I
will EVER stop learning or at least wanting to learn all I can to do a good
job with my horse in all aspects of endurance.... feeding, training,
equipment, conditioning....I expect to be in this sport for the long haul.
I DO ride 20 + mile conditioning rides at home to prepare....for all
distances! I have done fifties, hope to do a 100 when my horse AND I am
ready and in the meantime, I plan to have fun doing 25 LD and I consider
myself an endurance rider. Not just because of the distance involved but
because of the time and effort I put into taking care of my horse and
preparing for the longer haul. And that idea about top twenty being
scored....most of the LD I have done here in Michigan places the top 6 and
does BC scoring just like a "real" endurance ride. I was third on the ride
in which my horse got BC. Another rider wanted to RACE in.... I let my
daughter go on ahead of me (we were within one minute of each other) cuz I
knew she and her horse could cross first. They did. (These 2 are destined
for 100s). The rider who RACED us in came over 2nd. His horse's pulse
came down fifth. I happen to think we rode a smart ride and learning these
strategies, even on a 25 is good prep for the 50s. You cannot lump all LD
riders into a newbie category. I have a friend who plans to start doing 25
LDs next year....she has been riding since the early 70s. She is hardly a
newbie. But she loves endurance more than CTR and cannot do the longer
distances. I think we need a check on some of the arrogant attitudes I see
on ridecamp lately.
Mieske's Silver Lining
Ridecamp is a service of Endurance Net, http://www.endurance.net.
Information, Policy, Disclaimer: http://www.endurance.net/RideCamp
Check it Out!
Back to TOC