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August 3, 2007

Our training ride went great! OMG! Really good

I have to say that riding the strange trail at Salamonie did a lot for Puddin' mentally. She is moving down the trail, very forward, only one spook tonight (usually about ten) and NO SPINNING!!! Woo hooooooooooo! She tore up the trail tonight. Our terrain is hilly, flat, hilly, flat and so on, we covered over 6 miles in 45 minutes, mostly trotting, a few short canters, very little walking, just when we had to for safety. Barb was a little surprised at George I think, she hasn't found his bottom yet. He's learning to really dig in and go. We rode 'em like we stold 'em tonight and it was great fun, got off at the end and hand walked the horses up the field and down the road home (still within the 45 minutes). I think we are going to add one more of the flat trail loops to take up the other 15 minutes and make that our ride during the week. Then the longer ride at the park on the weekend. We plan to pull out about 7 a.m. on Sunday, shooting for 7 miles of trotting and about 3 miles of walking. Hmmm....calculating in my mind how long that should take? About one hour and forty minutes? It will be a little tricky though, we have the creek bed to contend with and that always really slows things down. We'll just do the best we can, and sponge the horses down good when we get back, then maybe ride a slow loop over on B trail. Lovin' it. ~Endurance Granny

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