That would be the question.
I have a bunch of reasons why I want to ride endurance. The bottom line, though, is that I love the idea of being on a trail for hours at a time, with no one wanting to stop (except maybe me). However, I also have huge reservations.
So, here are the Pros and Cons of doing an endurance event (either a 25 or a Intro ride)
It's at Vedauwoo. Vedauwoo. My heart place. I place I want to ride at more than anything.
Ashke is ready. And hale.
They are offering an Intro Ride, so we could try it and get our feet wet without much difficulty
It's what I wanted to do before I got Ashke. Before I realized how much stronger I really needed to be.
Ashke has never really done the whole "hang out at the trailer" thing. Or been highlined. And I don't have a pen, or electric fencing pen options.
Ashke is still pretty afraid of ropes, so any incident involving a rope would be much more disastrous than for other horses.
I've only done one sleep over with my horse and that was in a stall. In a barn.
My back has been very sore since I got my new saddle because of the amount of canter work I have been doing. The strain of a 25 mile ride might be too much.
It will cost a couple hundred dollars to haul up, enter, ride and haul back. We will have to provide a companion for T for the weekend, plus dog sitting of sorts.
It's at least a two hour haul, maybe two and a half.
I will also need to take a day off work on Friday to haul up there.
There is a WE practice day the weekend before that I want to go to. I have limited resources, so I need to put my money where I really want to be, which means I can really only afford the gas for one of those events. I want to ride in the rated WE show in September, which means practicing our obstacles and our canter and riding with one hand as much as I can between now and then.