I've been investigating the ribbon placement rules of the endurance trail in southern Indiana...it seems there is a consensus of ribbons on the right generally, with some exceptions. I think it is those exceptions that are a part of my overall directional inaptitude. So the consensus (combined information per experienced ride manager and experienced rider of said trails) goes thus:
Directional ribbons on the right (most of the time) (except sometimes when you are going left) say what?
A turn is denoted with a warning of three ribbons (part of the time). Unless trail marker is in a hurry (insert sad face here).
A left hand turn may be marked with a ribbon on the left hand side of trail (part of the time). That was what I thought I was doing when I got off trail.
A trail not to be used marked with an X (some of the time). Sometimes not at all.
Chalk lines on trail (nope).
Chalk line arrows on pavement (sometimes but not always).
Ribbons at eye level (only when marked from a horse).
Ribbons below eye level (often when marked from 4 wheeler).
Ribbons torn down (frequent on this particular trail as trail riders don't necessarily enjoy the endurance riders presense).
*huge mournful sigh*
It boiled down to the rules are generally interpreted and what is what depends on the person who is marking the trail and in what region you are riding, so you need to understand the map (but what about all those trail off-shoots?), have ridden the trail multiple times (ummm...I got lost then too) as there were no trail markers then, stay mid-pack and let others sort it out for you, or have great tracking skills.
I FEEL A LITTLE DISCOURAGED (whiney too...and don't offer cheese, GOD I DETEST CHEESE)! Wine is looking good though...maybe if I have some, and mix Phebes e-lytes in it we will both relax and spot the ribbons.
I guess next ride I go to as a newbie, I should ask very specific questions such as:
How is a left hand turn marked?
How is a right hand turn marked?
How are turns on paved road marked?
Is the trail loop going clockwise or counter clockwise?
Are confidence ribbons being used after a turn?
Am I missing anything?
~Directionally Dysfunctional but trying hard to get the learning curve (E.G.)
Discipline: LD/Endurance, CMO, Trail Rider, Cartoonist, Writer, Co-Director/ Green Bean Endurance
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- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
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- Trumbull Mountain's INTRO TO ENDURANCE RIDING
- Principles of Conditioning
- Conditioning the endurance horse by SERA
- Short Article: Feeding & Training the Endurance Horse
- Feeding the Endurance Horse, Swedish Author
- Preventing Dehydration In the Endurance Horse, Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association
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