Newbie invited roading: what to expect?
Hi folks -- our hunting barnmate has been trying to convert mr. asterix for a year now, and seems to have finally convinced him to dip a toe in via roading next weekend. Mr. asterix was very fixated on the lack of a dress code for this event :D since as a strictly recreational trail rider he doesn't own, or wish to own, "fancy" clothes to ride in...;)
so he forgot to ask some other pertinent questions...
what can we expect in terms of speed and distance/time out?
One of our two horses is coming back into work now, and while he'd be fine with 1-2 hours at a moderate clip with walk breaks, he is NOT ready for 4 hours out, at any speed.
I'd love to bring both horses but only if it's reasonable for the less fit one....
Both horses are eventers, the older/less fit one has been out hunting before I bought him (so presumably will not have a meltdown about the hounds, and is generally EXTREMELY sensible and well-mannered), and the younger one was started by a foxhunter who seems to have made him entirely dog and horse proof, as best I can tell (this guy regularly supplies his hunt with young horses so knew what he was about).