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lhep

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lhep says:

sponsered ride distance to aim for

hi i am hoping to do a sponsored ride for the great north air ambulance, as i have been picked up by them after a riding accident i thought i could atleast try to show some gratitude and what better way than a sponsered ride.

the ride i have chosen is coast to coast (maryport, cumbria - whitley bay) it is roughly 100 miles i have not yet calculated exact mileage as i am yet to find the exact route i will be taken as i am hoping to get in touch with land owners to be able to pass over there land where possible just so that i am not on the roads all the time.  i am aiming to do this over 3-4 days and i am going to start really fittening up my 2 horses as i need a back up in case anything happens touch wood it will be fine.  what distance would you reccommend to aim for in a day, the horse i am hoping to do this on is a irish draught x cob she isnt the fastest and is just steady away and my back up horse is a t'berd x who is just quick at doin anything walk, trot he really strides out.  i was hoping to cover somewhere around 30 miles a day is this too much i am going to get them and me as fit as i possibly can so any advice.

i will be looking for places to keep my horse over night and i am going to camp, my sister and my mam are going to be my support system and follow me in car just in case anything happens.  im hoping to do this in september as that gives me time to work on fitness for me and my horses, both horses are used to long rides of around 10-15 miles so its not like they havent done distances before but any advice from anyone for this would be muchly appreciated.

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symour

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symour says:

Re: sponsered ride distance to aim for

No advice for you ihep, but what a great idea and a very worthy cause, let us know how your plans are going and also where to send you some sponsor money

Maxine

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natalie.123

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natalie.123 says:

Re: sponsered ride distance to aim for

what a fab idea and looks like your well away for gettnig it going.   If your giong to ride both horses every day then 30 miles shold be fine, if one a day then i would say ask Endurance Arabians for soem proper advice :)  Sorry not much help but go for it. x

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lhep

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lhep says:

Re: sponsered ride distance to aim for

thanks i sure wil let you know, i was hoping to just use the one horse for the journey but i was gunna get both fit in the god awful event that perhaps shy should come up lame, (crossed fingers she doesnt).

i just hope that if i can keep them working from now till then they will be fit enough.

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Endurance Arabians

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Re: sponsered ride distance to aim for

All the best with the ride as it is for such a good course.

 

It is hard to organize many endurance rides and im also doing a ride myself in June for Help for Heros, the hardest part is finding land owners and getting permision to get across there land if you can use as much bridleways as you can then this will be better im doing mine from Longleat going to the New Forest around the New Forest then back again (200 miles give and take a few miles) as for training i would try and do a few Endurance rides starting at around 25miles working upto 30 miles not only will this tell you if your horse is fit enough but also if they could cope as you say you like to do it in 3/4 days you dont have to be a member to do there rides.

 

As for followers you will need to work out point along the way for your mum to meet you to give your horse water feed and the same for you again this should really be done every 8 miles MAX this will also give you the chance to make sure your horse does not have any sores or is lame.

 

FInding yards will be your next problem the other thing is to get in contact with farmers to see if you could borrow a field for the night and corral your horse (just make sure its ok with elec fencing) and if its ok for you to camp. Depends on where you are doing the ride if you are doing it on a very well known area for Endurance then there be stables aound but normaly when we do big rides we either stable at the venue or corall the horses (if you like help with this then feel free to pm me as i can get you address)

 

Feeding keep to your normal diet and if you dont feed it already get them used to Speedi beet as this is a very good drinking water as well as electrolites, I personly feed just a plain fibre diet my 100milers get Dengie Hi Fi and Dengie Alfa A Oil with speedi beet and i find this gives them enough energy to do 100 mile rides. You know your horse so i would really feed what you normal feed.

 

Training: I get all my endurnace horses 100 mile fit by doing A LOT OF WALKING this is very important for legs and mucsles the only time i gallop my horse is when we are racing (endurance racing) i know this sounds boring but walking is the most importent thing and i swear this is how i have kept my 25yr old going and doing high millage endurance (still going) but then you would know this.......sorry.

I would do what you are doing building up slowly if you try and take short cuts or rush then you will not mannage the 100 miles remember to get in lots of hill work again walking is better then trot and canter as they use them selfs a lot more and its harder for them, if you dont have access to lots of off road riding where you can get a min of 10mile rides in (which should take you around hour to hour and 15mins to do) then you could do interfull training but im not a fan of this as ive seen to many horse break down.

 

You have plenty of time and if you have started now then you SHOULD be fine but i would really try and get some endurance rides in as you get a fetting and you can do the milage.

 

If you need anymore help feel free to pm me

 

Good luck

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TruStar

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TruStar says:

Re: sponsered ride distance to aim for

Can anyone please explain to me what a sponsored ride is und how it works. Thank you.

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lhep

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lhep says:

Re: sponsered ride distance to aim for

for gertrud, i am planning a long distance ride to be covered over 3-4 days to raise money for the great north air ambulance, people will give me money, which is known as a sponsor, to complete the ride and then i will give the money that i rasie to the great north air ambulance.

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lhep

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lhep says:

Re: sponsered ride distance to aim for

thanks for the information endurance arabians, staying in places isnt going to be a problem as i know people along the route where i would be able to stable shy, the other concern i had was her shoes obviously i will get her fresh shoes before we go but will they last her especially as there appears to be alot of road work.  i tried to get on to private message you but it said it was blocked so i hope you get this. thanks again.

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Endurance Arabians

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Re: sponsered ride distance to aim for

Hi sorry for the delay but i havent been on for a while.

If your having her re-shod  before you go you will be fine I can do 3 160km rides and ride upto 40kms a day 5 days a week and a set of shoes last me 5weeks.

 

I wouldnt get your horse just before you do your ride just in case it courses sores i would get her done a week before, so your horse can get used to her shoes the last thing you want is not to complete your ride.

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