till my mare, Stormie, and I do our first Limited Distance endurance race - 25 miles. (Funny how Stormhorse23's mare is Stormy, too!) We've been training since Christmas, but the weather has been so bad this winter that we've mostly been riding inside. Today was finally nice enough we went out on a 5 mile practice run. It's the first time we actually knew how FAR we were going. Before we knew how LONG we were riding. But never the distance. She did extremely well and (sigh of relief) so did I. She didn't hardly break a sweat and I was just as fresh as when we started. We did about half walking and half trotting and finished in about 1 hour. If we can do that pace at the race, we will finish well under the 6 hour minimum. Where before I was just so worried about this first ride, now I'm starting to relax and realize it IS going to be fun! Here is a picture of Stormie and I taken back in January on a rare day when it was nice enough to go outside.