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First outing surprise

Fred (my 19 year-old gelding) and I went on our very first official
conditioning ride yesterday (remember me?  the newbie). I got a real
surprise!  My husband came along riding his mountain bike and we went to
use his trail circuit as he had a good feel for the mileage and time.
The surprise was that Fred got *really* competitive with Jon on the
mountain bike.  Normally, Fred moves along willingly at his own pace.
This time, when Jon would get ahead Fred would really fight me to catch
up and pass! Given this was his first time out on the new regimen, I
wanted to keep him slower.  At one point, Jon reached the crest of the
hill a bit ahead of us and headed down the other side.  Fred started
squealing!  I kid you not! I wouldn't have been surprised if I'd been on
my four year-old stallion (Splash) but this is a 19 year-old gelding.

Has anyone else had this experience?  I am tickled as it appears hubby
will be able to train with us over short distances and it should work
out well.  Hubby agreed to ride a horse at least twice per week while
he's in town, but he'll be on the bike at least three. This is already
fun and I haven't even been to my first ride yet!

Kirsten (Price) Foruria
Vermilion Desert Ranch
Reno Nevada

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