October 28, 2013
Moab Endurance, Year 2
Vicki Gaebe at VRG Enterprises), since I didn't have time to take photos on this year's ride. Last year, I rode Coco and Steve rode Boss.
This year, I rode Boss on Day 1. Since he's a quarter horse, he shouldn't be as good at endurance as Coco, who's an Anglo Arab. We hoped to even up the score by having Boss carry less weight.
Boss is a handful for me. He's always wanting to get ahead. We rode behind my blog friend Merri at first. She and her fellow rider Steph have many years of experience, so following their lead seemed wise. However, Boss was very unhappy with being behind. Eventually, I let him pass, hoping he would calm down. Not so. He immediately pricked his ears at a horse a half mile ahead and was determined to catch up with that horse. He's a competitor, for sure. And nobody told him quarter horses aren't supposed to be good at endurance!
He did just fine. Although we didn't go particularly fast, we completed our 30 miles and had a fun time.
We skipped the competition on Day 2 and had our own fun ride instead. More about that adventure later.
On Day 3, Steve rode Boss, while Coco and I stayed at ride camp.
Overall, we learned a lot from more experienced riders, had lots of fun, and exhausted ourselves thoroughly. All good. Getting home to showers and a real bed after 3 days of sleeping in the trailer was pretty great, too!