Me. I do endurance riding (won all the novice trophies last year in my group!) and I LOVE it! I have Malachy - an ex-racer (Taro Prince Ire) who is 17hh, 14yrs old bay gelding. Owned him for four years, and he loves endurance too.
This year we're upping our distances, and have planned in a 50km in March, a couple of 65kms in the summer and an 80km at the end of the summer, as well as some two and three day comps where we'll (hopefully) be doing about 120km over the days. Great for weight loss, and spurred me to lose all of this - afterall, the poor thing has to carry this for miles!!!
Thanks ladylite - its nice to have something that me and my boy (horse - not hubby) really enjoy! You literally drags me onto the lorry on a dark Sunday morning and is keen to get going! However, he does sleep all the way home.....poor lad!
Wow - what a horsey bunch we are! Managed my lesson in the dry this morning - my boy was a little star...bless him! Going to try to get out for a couple of hours on the fells tomorrow - but if the weather is going to be as predicted, I may give it a miss and take the dogs for an extra long walk instead!!
I am now so homesick in a way. I am from SA and I used to have the sweetest little Arab gelding called Reisling. Well I say had he belonged to my vet and I had to do all the work to get him fit for the 100 milers he used to do. (I managed on a thoroughbred stud farm) Since coming to the UK I have only ridden once but I was so embarrased by how big I had gotten that I haven't done it again. I miss being around horses ALOT. I have promised myself I will start riding again as soon as I have reached a decent weight. I can't believe its been 2 years since I last sat in a saddle :sigh:
She's been enjoying the winter turned away, but actually hasn't enjoyed being outside at all. She mostly hangs at the gate till I feel awful and bring her back in again!!
I'll be bringing her back into work again mid feb, and aiming for some hunter trials in April. In the past we've mostly dressaged, but have done ok at unaff sj & xc too. I can't wait to see how my weight loss has affected my riding - hopefully in a positive way.
My trainer has been watching Malachy carefully and says that he's still trying to get used to rebalancing himself now that I've lost nearly 5 stone. She thinks its really lightened his forehand and is helping him to step under himself with more confidence.
Now I feel REALLY bad!!!:cry:
Let's hope it will show in faster speeds in his endurance this year. I aimed to go round last weekend in about 8.5kph as it was his first ride after a two months break, but he went round in 10.5kph (whether I wanted to or not ) so he must be feeling well!