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Monday, September 22, 2008

Lots of progress

Yesterday, I decided to try a longer ride on Tanna. My goal was 15 miles or 3 hours, whichever was less. I also had the goal to trot for 15 minutes in a single stretch.

So I saddled Tanna up with his Specialized saddle. This time I also used his regular woolback saddle pad since we were going to be out for a longer time frame than the week day rides. I also used his normal mohair string girth.

I put on my ankle brace from the doctor and my thick soled hiking boot on my left leg/foot. I wore my regular riding shoe on my right foot.

Off we went up and over the hill nearby. I asked for a trot on the up-hill. After 4 miles of going up and down the hills, I headed out on the flat to practice trotting. I was happy to find that I could trot for 20 minute sessions! So I trotted for 20 minutes or so and then walked for 5, with my leg out of the stirrup just resting.

By the time we got back home, we had been out for 3 hours and 15.75 miles! I was very pleased with our progress. Also, for almost 30 minutes, we were stopped talking to various neighbors, so that made me happy that we were still able to keep to the pace I had set.

After I got home and got Tanna taken care of, I iced my leg for awhile and babied it for the rest of the day.

Tanna was great during the ride. He got a good workout, too. I was disappointed to see a girth gall when I pulled his saddle, though. Not bad, but enough to show a problem. So I ordered a Toklat woolback girth cover. Hopefully, that will prevent this in the future.

1 comment:

Barry said...

It looks like you'll be on schedule for that National Championship ride. Congrats on the progress and good luck.