All my bags are packed…

I’m ready to go…

Friday, September 11, 2015

I’m a little nervous…. how will the long drive be? The weather promises to rain, but how much? Is she ready for this weekend? Am I ready? How will the truck do on this longer haul… (though we’re much less loaded down with only one horse)?

We had a great session with Pam this week. I rode Khaleesi bareback for the first time and in a halter (I would never had tried that on my own!) it was great fun and she didn’t seem to mind at all.

We also found some better balance going from a 2-point position back into posting and that seemed to help. We finally did a couple of decent trotting circles, and I’m getting quieter in my movements too.


The forecast looks a little frightening still, but I was reading myself to sleep last night (Endurance News) and read about a woman whose first ride was through pouring rain and muddy trails, and she said it is still one of her best memories. That made me feel a little better…

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I also read about hydration and an 8 hour car ride can dehydrate a horse significantly (I figured as much) and ideas to re-hydrate once arriving at a ride and how important that can be. Offering a gallon or two of slightly salty water (1 tbs per gallon) can encourage the horse to drink significantly more water following that salty first water. Also loose feed hay encourages a lot of drinking as well- and that’s what’s on her menu for tonight. A larger bucket so the horse doesn’t have to dip their eye-level so far down makes a difference, and water that isn’t too cold. I believe it was around 60% of horses tested at Tevis were slightly dehydrated before the ride even began.

So… wish us luck and we’ll keep you posted!


Published by JaimeHope

Violin teacher and endurance rider living in a rural mountain county - one of the least population dense and without a single stoplight.

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