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Re: Re: Re: Re: Uh-Oh! The LD thing again

Okay guys, can't keep quiet any longer.  I rode in a "first" 25 mile ride
this last August.  Big strong Arab, in great shape.  He's been packing
wranglers and dudes at 10,000 feet, and fun weekend rides for ever.

I didn't know anything about Endurance.  Still don't know what the hell a
CTR is.   (???)  Guess LD means Low Distance. (???)
Anyway, I did race a bit at the end.  There was a vet check at 12.5 miles,
and Gabe looked really good.  Good scores.  Our local vet told me the horse
looked a whole lot better than I did.  (Thinks he's real funny!)

We did cross the "finish line" first.  We were 4th in BC (although no one
was weighed, they just used the top weight in each class)

Well my ignorance was pretty much complete at that point.  Met Joane Pappas
and rode with her and her family some, and she told me about Ridecamp. 
Needless to say, I've learned a great deal from all of you since August. 
(Mostly not to let my e-mail go very long without checking it!  Ha!)

I guess the point is, if you all have all these expectations of people new
to the sport, there should be some mechanism for educating them prior to
the ride.  Maybe just a few "pointers" printed out or something.  Seems
like it could be done at a fairly minimal cost, and I sure would have
appreciated it.  

I know, I know.  Probably we should have studied, and prepared.  For me,
there just happened to be a ride planned, here in my neighborhood, and I
thought it would be fun.  Thought I'd meet some people, (and I did meet
some TERRIFIC people), and see if this sport I had kind of vaguely wondered
about for a few years might be for me.  

So, I wasn't all set up and gung ho - just trying a new experience.  And it
turns out, was incredibly ignorant.  Made mistakes.  My horse was fine
though - great actually.  My 200 lb ex-husband rode him the next day in
this high (HIGH) country, and he was great.  (If maybe a little more
mellow, and calmer than usual!)

I did learn a lot.  I did get caught up.  Gabe loved it.  I loved it.  The
adrenaline was there for both of us.  But there was a whole bunch of stuff
that we just really didn't know.  Next time I will be more prepared. 
(Yeah, I think I will probably become addicted, if I'm not already)

Take it easy on the Newbies.  By the way, I've been called a lot worse.


> From: GESA BRINKS <>
> To:;
> Cc:
> Subject: RC:  Re: Re: Re: Uh-Oh!  The LD thing again
> Date: Wednesday, November 03, 1999 1:08 AM
> Oh Sylvia, I knew I was going to like you.  Thank you.  And yes, the
> adrenalin comment was referring to the horse.  Thank you again oh fellow
> arrogant one!!          gesa n clovis
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <>
> To: <>
> Cc: <>
> Date: Tuesday, November 02, 1999 7:45 PM
> Subject: RC: Re: Re: Uh-Oh! The LD thing again
> >In a message dated 11/2/99 6:41:03 PM Pacific Standard Time,
> > writes:
> >
> ><<   So
> > don't tell me because I'm a newbie that I've got top 10
> > fever.  She makes it sound like a disease that we all have
> > and a very contagious disease at that. >>
> >
> >I think the "you" is being taken too personally in Gesa's post.  SOME
> >(obviously not all) horse people (be it endurance, LDers, CTR, whatever)
> get
> >carried away.  I can understand where Gesa is coming from in her post,
> >because I've seen some really nasty stuff involved in LD RACING (hence
> >terrible prejudice -- and I do realize it is a prejudice).  I would like
> >see BC recognized in LD regardless of placing (even after top 20) -- I
> >know that this would be very difficult and time intensive for the vets.
> > a perfect world, eh?  Maybe that's why we have CTR.  I
> >enjoy both sports and enjoy "crossing over".  As far as the adrenaline
> thing,
> >I'm pretty sure (Gesa, correct me) that she was referring to the HORSE's
> (or
> >mule's :) adrenaline, which can be a very powerful thing and mask quite
> >number of problems.  Bottom line (in my NSHO :) is that LD is a TRAINING
> >distance.  To be an ENDURANCE rider, you need to ride 50's + (there are
> those
> >who think you have to do multi-days or 100s).   That pretty much sums it
> up.
> >If this sounds "arrogant", I'm sorry, but I've worked hard to be able to
> call
> >myself an "endurance rider" and I don't take it lightly.
> >
> >Sylvia
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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