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Re: Re: Re: Re: Uh-Oh! The LD thing again
Would you accept Heidi's distinction between a true endurance RIDE and a
true endurance RIDER? Even if you characterize yourself as a newbie, I
would say that you are a true endurance RIDER but that the LDs are novice
distances? Does that sound fair to you?
----- Original Message -----
From: Maggie Mieske <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: GESA BRINKS <email@example.com>; superpat <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Sent: Monday, November 01, 1999 6:08 AM
Subject: RC: 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
> 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
> what I feel I need to know to be a competent endurance rider! I doubt if
> will EVER stop learning or at least wanting to learn all I can to do a
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> on ridecamp lately.
> Maggie Mieske
> Mieske's Silver Lining
> McBain, Michigan
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