THREE times as many readers would "gladly" attempt a 50 mile horse ride, then chose painful injury. I wonder how that would have changed if I had put 100 miles?
Ever since I could remember I've wanted to go further. Not necessarily faster, but FURTHER. I was the little girl that dreamed about running away with just the pack on my back. Not to escape my family life, but just to be away, on my own, seeing the country. My distance passion (obsession - whatever) I started on foot first (marathons). In the middle of my second marathon it dawned on me that I could be doing this on horse back.
I knew nothing about endurance riding. I had one aunt that had done some endurance rides and she offered her ranch for conditioning rides. She also introduced me to Endurance News, AERC, and ridecamp, among a litany of other resources. A friend had given me a Standardbred when I graduated from UC Davis in 2006 and off we went. The trail certainly hasn't taken me where I thought it would, but I wouldn't have missed any of it! (that includes the lameness, the hard times, the pulls, the frustration and disappointment. How else could I fully appreciate the finish is to win motto?). I have learned an amazing amount of information in the few miles I have. I can't even imagine what's in store next!
Happy trails -
http://www.endurance.net/ (sign up for ridecamp here! Check out the classifieds)
http://www.aerc.org/ (my number is M36652 if anyone wants to look up my record. There's definately some errors in some of my LD ride times......I don't ride that fast!)
http://www.bayequest.com/ (I have gotten some GREAT deals on tack here, I bought Farley from this site)
http://www.duettsaddles.com/ (I love this saddle - I use on Farley)
http://www.trumbullmtn.com/ (where I got my skito pad. Great resourse for saddle fitting and pad information.)
www.horse-n-around.org/ (not strictly endurance related, but this is an endurance friend who is putting on a day-horse camp this summer)
Yahoo! groups: I highly reccomend the following groups: New100milers, theenduranceopen, barefootendurancehorses,
Check out my blog list to the right. There are some great resources there as well. I only put blogs on my list that I read on a DAILY basis. :)
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