Sunday, July 17, 2011

Percy Warner Park

Today, I got to ride with Rinnah at Percy Warner Park. Rinnah was up before I was and I "finally" got up at 6:30 AM. We ate breakfast, loaded up the horses and headed to Percy Warner Park off Old Hickory Blvd in Nashville.

When we got there, I saw extra porta potties, a Franklin Police horse trailer and practice jumps in the warm-up arena! I was worried we might be crashing an event, but after awhile, it became evident that we were not.

While we saddled up, several other trailers pulled in. We started our ride at 9:10 AM. We did the customary 10 minute walking warm up before going into a trot. My training program consists of trotting for 1-4 minutes and walking for 1 minute. Repeat until done. 4:1 is my preferred ratio. I'd told Rinnah this before and so she readily volunteered that we go ahead and do that today, even though I told her we could do 2:1 or 3:1 instead.

We proceeded to do 4:1 pretty much the entire ride. We lost a little time drinking, letting the horses eat a bit, but pretty much kept to it. Rinnah did really well, keeping up and not complaining about anything. After a bit, I even had her lead for about 15 minutes.

When we got back to the trailer, Rinnah cleaned Serts' tack as I pulled it off him. Then I pulled Tanna's tack, we hauled water and then sponged our horses off. We practiced trot outs and a mini vet check before leaving the horses to their hay and enjoying peanut butter and honey sandwiches.

Total mileage was 11.67 miles in 2 hours 25 minutes for 4.8 mph. That included warm-up and cool down. The working portion of the ride was 10.4 miles at an average of 5.4 mph. Quite respectable!! Very happy with Rinnah's progress.

Time to fill out ride entry forms!

1 comment:

Karen C. said...

What a lucky girl Rinnah is to be on such big adventures! I want to be like Rinnah when I grow up! (I am 46! ha ha!) I am enjoying your blog!