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In which we explore ten more tips for endurance riders (green or not)

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Mel recently posted "10 Best Endurance Tips" on her blog (HERE),  and I was inspired--not to correct her, because she's got excellent stuff there,  but rather to add to her list.

Here are my Top Ten Tips
1.  Start with what you have: The horse you already ride, the saddle you already ride in, the clothes you already wear, the rig you already drive.  Your needs may change as you go along, and your priorities may change also.  Don't blow your budget on Day 1.  Save your pennies to fix or replace stuff that isn't working.
2.  If it isn't working, stop doing it.  Just because your gear or training or habits or whatever has always worked in the past, do not assume that exactly the same stuff will work in the future. A new horse will bring new challenges; a familiar horse in new situations will have new needs.  If there are big changes in your life, your riding may reflect them.  Stuff changes.  Adapt and improve.



3.  You don't know what you don't know.  Look for…

In which our Swampland is HOT so we do what we always do (we ride)

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Summer temps in the 90's are too hot  for most Native Swamplanders, including me.



But if we get up early enough, 


and hit the trail while the sun is still waking up



we can make it to the river



before we scorch,



or broil,



or burn.



So, that's what we've been doing.



Even when it's not-as-hot, the river is still a nice destination.


Where do you go when it's too hot to be anywhere else?


In which my little brother gathers the clans for a celebration

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I guess most people get dressed up more than once or twice a year-- like for church and concerts and stuff?


Somehow, I am almost always able to avoid the whole "dress up" thing, with a few notable exceptions, like the annual PNER Convention.


However, there was a fancy dress-up occasion last weekend 


and I had no desire to miss it:


It was like a party and a family reunion and a feast all in one place.


Plus: dancing!  I love dancing.








In which I go riding, and nothing interesting happened (but : pretty!)

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It's August, and it's HOT in the Swampland-- the perfect time to ride down to the river!















In which I'm not the only one to make a tough choice for a good horse

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My post yesterday was about pulling Fiddle from competition for the remainder of the year.    If I ever thought that was a hard choice to make, it was before I read today's Facebook post from Olympic competitor Adelinde Cornelissen of the Netherlands, who pulled her horse at the entry gate at the Olympics because she knew he didn't feel well.
The article in Horse and Hound really played up the illness angle, but the rider's own account, posted on FB and pasted below, emphasized that all the vets had cleared Parzival for competition.  This was absolutely a tough call to make, a true "rider option" pull, and although I have tremendous respect for any rider who takes an RO, I have even more respect for a rider who flies a horse all the way to South America and pulls at the start line with the whole world watching.  All for the benefit of the horse.   I can't help feeling I'm in good company.   So here's a question for the readers:  have you ever taken a…