Miles to go before they sleep

@JudyEv (123285)
Bunbury, Australia
September 10, 2016 8:06pm CST
We spent Saturday night at the race-course of a nearby town in Western Australia where we volunteered at an endurance (horse) ride. We've done this a few times. This ride was smaller than some and the first riders didn't leave till 7am which was a very respectable time. In the photo you can see a group of riders heading out into the fog and past the bus. They have 80km ahead of them and will finish sometime after lunch. A few will get lost on the trail, a couple will come off their horses for one reason or another and several will be vetted out at the end. We were able to come home after the ride. With the bigger rides, we usually stay till the next day.
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@simone10 (21657)
• Louisville, Kentucky
11 Sep 16
How nice of you to volunteer to help with the ride. I'm glad that you didn't have to stay until the next day. Did many people get lost or thrown from their horses?
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@JudyEv (123285)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Sep 16
Two got lost for a while and I think two came off. One hurt her shoulder but she will mend again. :)
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@simone10 (21657)
• Louisville, Kentucky
12 Sep 16
@JudyEv I feel for the poor girl who was hurt but it's good that she will be okay. I absolutely love horses but I have only ridden a horse a few times in my life. I have always been afraid of either falling off or being thrown. I guess once it happens the first time, you don't worry about it anymore...lol. My fiance (who has since passed away) had horses and we used to spend all of our spare time with them. I loved cleaning out a stall and I never thought I would...lol.
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@JudyEv (123285)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Sep 16
@simone10 They are noble, generous animals, especially so if they are treated well. Even cleaning stables never bothered me either.
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@MattMeng (3261)
• Hangzhou, China
11 Sep 16
That is a very beautiful place.
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@JudyEv (123285)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Sep 16
It was a nice place to camp. The countryside is lovely and green at the moment.
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@MattMeng (3261)
• Hangzhou, China
11 Sep 16
@JudyEv You are very luck to live in the beautiful country.
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@JudyEv (123285)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Sep 16
@MattMeng We are indeed. We are always thankful that we live where we do.
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@Happy2BeMe (74743)
• Canada
11 Sep 16
Sounds interesting. Best of luck to all the riders. Great photo.
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@JudyEv (123285)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Sep 16
It was quite a successful ride thanks. Sometimes they do 160 kms in the day but this only had shorter distances.
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@Happy2BeMe (74743)
• Canada
11 Sep 16
@JudyEv wow that is a long way.
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@JudyEv (123285)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Sep 16
@Happy2BeMe They might start at 4am when they have to ride that far - particularly if it is going to be a hot day.
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@just4him (117099)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Sep 16
What fun! Did you see who won the endurance ride?
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@just4him (117099)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
15 Sep 16
@JudyEv That's great!
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• United States
11 Sep 16
i'm so glad that y'all volunteer to do this sorta thingy, hon. i know 't can be most borin'...well, hopefully so anyhow. yepperz, some folks seem they'd benefit from bungee cords 'n duct tape to keep 'em'n the saddle, eh? hope nobody (includin' the equines) suffered any injuries.
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@JudyEv (123285)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Sep 16
Some have no idea of the basics of safety when riding and handling horses but you can't really say anything.
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• United States
12 Sep 16
@JudyEv i know , that's why i quit doin' benefit rides. i feared i'd need bail money one day.
@marguicha (94819)
• Chile
11 Sep 16
I didnĀ“t know about this sport before.
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@JudyEv (123285)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Sep 16
It is quite popular here and certainly in some other countries including the USA and some Arab countries.
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@marguicha (94819)
• Chile
11 Sep 16
@JudyEv It is very interesting!
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@RubyHawk (25355)
• Atlanta, Georgia
11 Sep 16
That sounds like a lot of fun and endurance. Good luck to all the riders.
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@JudyEv (123285)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Sep 16
Most people did well and were happy with their results.
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@RubyHawk (25355)
• Atlanta, Georgia
11 Sep 16
@JudyEv That's wonderful.
@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
11 Sep 16
Sounds like you always have a good time at these. Cool photo.
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@JudyEv (123285)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Sep 16
At least we didn't have to get up in the middle of the night for this one - and the worst of the cold weather has gone although the fog was really thick for a while.
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@silvermist (20100)
• India
11 Sep 16
@JudyEv Good photo.Early morning .sun,fog slowly disappearing and the early riders going out.And a quote from Frost.Nice.
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@JudyEv (123285)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Sep 16
I enjoyed many of Frost's poems. It was a very thick fog that morning.
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@Jessicalynnt (47872)
• Centralia, Missouri
11 Sep 16
that poem of Frosts is such a lovely poem, and that's a lovely photo to go with it
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@JudyEv (123285)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Sep 16
It's a great poem isn't it? I like the photo too. Riding off not into the sunset but into the fog.
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@andriaperry (50900)
• United States
11 Sep 16
Lost?!?!
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@JudyEv (123285)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Sep 16
The tracks and trails are marked with arrows - different arrows depending on whether they're doing 80, 40 or 20 kms. Some take the wrong turnings occasionally.
@jaboUK (53936)
• United Kingdom
11 Sep 16
80km is still a fair way to go. I should think the organisers were glad of your assistance.
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@JudyEv (123285)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Sep 16
Almost all these sorts of events need a lot of helpers. It isn't much of a spectator sport either. Best to have something to do!
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• United States
11 Sep 16
What's the point of an endurance ride? Sounds cruel to the horse.
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@JudyEv (123285)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Sep 16
I sometimes think that but there are lots of safeguards in place now. They have to qualify with shorter events and the horses are checked by the vets at pre-determined and regular intervals.
@jstory07 (67145)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Sep 16
A horse race sounds like a lot of fun.
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@JudyEv (123285)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Sep 16
I would have enjoyed it when I was younger but some come back very tired.
@TRBRocks420 (77630)
• Banks, Oregon
11 Sep 16
Sounds like a good time. I have never been to a horse race.
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@JudyEv (123285)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Sep 16
Because this is run over such a long distance the horses disappear on tracks for ages so it's not the best spectator sport really.
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
11 Sep 16
wow thats a long race sounds though as if' you really enjoy the rides volunteer thing more power to yo u
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@JudyEv (123285)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Sep 16
Thanks. We like having something to do.
@snowy22315 (47262)
• United States
11 Sep 16
Wow, that is neat. It would be fun to go on a long trail ride. However, I went horseback riding once years ago, and just after an hour ride, I was so sore the next day. I discovered muscles I didn't know I had. I think my muscles may never recover if I went on a long ride!
@marlina (73884)
• Canada
11 Sep 16
Interesting! Love the photo that you so nicely shared with us.
@5thHouse (1692)
• Sheffield, England
11 Sep 16
Seems like a long, long way. I've never forgotten how painful my first and only experience of pony trecking was. Not the most comfortable form of travel, in my opinion. I can't imagine being on horseback for so long.