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by Heather Reynolds
April 21 2015
There is a certain magic that happens between horse and rider when it comes time to move up to preparing for and executing their first 100 mile ride.
The training hours consume the rider and all thoughts throughout the day drift to their mount. Some days it’s a euphoric dreamlike state, recalling the most recent accomplishment that makes the rider feel that the goal is within reach. Other days it’s more of a neurotic, paranoia where the rider frets over the littlest of things trying to find a reason for some negative turn of events with their horse.
After the rider picks the ride that will be THE one, the scheduling and training becomes very similar to the above, sometimes it will be flawless and beautiful, other times it will be tortuous (Too hot, too cold, too rainy, too dark, lame horse, pulled shoe, farrier can’t come, etc.). When it’s a good day there’s nothing better, when it’s a bad day you feel like you’re failing and wonder why you spend all of your efforts chasing this dream...
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