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[*] posted on 8-6-2014 at 05:32 PM
Rannoch meets Amos


Rannoch and I met up with Amos and Rebecca today on the South Downs.

It was intended to be a map reading exercise for endurance...but I was the only one with a map and I failed miserably (so we missed an entire section out of the ride I'd planned and got to the pub before opening time!) ....BUT as a hack it was brilliant:heh hee:....some steep hills, lovely views, and a lovely canter stretch along the bottom of a valley. In fact the longest I've sustained canter on Rannoch! Our other halfs came along on bicycles, as well as Rebecca's dog, Amy and were probably quite glad to do 16km in that terrain!

Rannoch was really quite taken with Amos. After a few squeaks when they first met they were happy in each others company and sharing a haynet when we finished.

Amos is small and nippy (13.2hh) compared to Rannoch (14.1 but looks 14.2) ..so quite different...but I think they recognised their own breed in each other :heh hee:

I was delighted to learn from Rebecca that the terrain on the South Downs with the steep hills is a good training ground for Exmoor for next year..but I do also need to find some big belly high fords...so that's the next project...oh and our gate opening is not up to much!



Rannoch wasn't for standing still for this photo which was taken at the top of Harting Down..but it does give an idea of the height we'd climbed




[Edited on 8-6-2014 by Jeanette]
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[*] posted on 8-6-2014 at 06:19 PM


What a great way to spend the day :clap: :clap: :clap:



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[*] posted on 8-6-2014 at 06:23 PM


Lovely ... You must have had a beautiful ride :) Dad and I were walking the dog on ashdown forest at 6:30 this morning after doing the ponies, and where looking at the southdowns already bathed in sunshine :) Wonderful :clap:

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[*] posted on 8-6-2014 at 06:24 PM



lovely pics, you look so happy :cool: I cant wait to give endurance a try !
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[*] posted on 8-6-2014 at 07:13 PM


Looks fab!





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[*] posted on 8-6-2014 at 07:35 PM


Wow - gorgeous hack. You look so happy on board :clap: New forest has lots of fords!
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[*] posted on 8-6-2014 at 07:37 PM


great pics,you need to bring that boy to mull for the belly deep fords,x



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[*] posted on 8-6-2014 at 07:41 PM


:clap::clap::clap::clap::clap: You need to go to Lindum and do the pairs, plus all the other wonderful rides they offer over 6 days. Not just competitive and PRs but handy pony, treasure hunts, orienteering and all sorts. I am trying to get us there this year but have a feeling the fates will conspire against us:( Cannot go next year .....unless my cousin does not invite us to her wedding.....a posh hotel wedding down in Gloucestershire ...just not my "cup of tea".....maybe the invite will get lost in the post:dizzy::dizzy::dizzy::dizzy::dizzy::D:D:D:D:D:D
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[*] posted on 8-6-2014 at 08:19 PM


What a lovely time you are having and marvellous views. I must get myself going and use my endurance saddle in ernest.
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[*] posted on 8-6-2014 at 08:20 PM


Great pictures , I do love you got to the pub before opening time :cheers:



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[*] posted on 9-6-2014 at 11:45 AM


Lovely place to ride!!



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[*] posted on 9-6-2014 at 12:19 PM


Love the photos. There's the ford at Tilford and 2 shallower ones at Shere.
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[*] posted on 9-6-2014 at 02:12 PM


You want us to believe you accidentally got to the pub early :heh hee::heh hee:



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[*] posted on 9-6-2014 at 02:12 PM


Looks like a fantastic ride though



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[*] posted on 9-6-2014 at 02:59 PM


It looks lovely
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[*] posted on 9-6-2014 at 03:07 PM


Looks fab.... please can you send some of that sunshine up here!!
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[*] posted on 9-6-2014 at 07:43 PM


That looks fabulous and great fun, very poor organising to get to the pub before it opened, you must never do that again Jeanette :heh hee:
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[*] posted on 10-6-2014 at 05:40 PM


Looks like fabulous riding country - I need to look at a map and see where you are.
Lovely pictures!:clap:





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[*] posted on 10-6-2014 at 07:03 PM


We climbed up the scarp side of the south downs from elsted and joined the south downs way for a bit, then climbed harting down with the intention of doing a northerly circuit of harting down before making our way over to hooksway ...but I messed up. After hooksway we did a canter along the bottom of the valley then climbed back up to the south downs way heading towards cocking. We turned off back down to treford and then did a short stretch of road before finishing with another fast stretch along field edges. There is parking by the church at elsted but I messed up on that too as it was Sunday morning and the parking was in use. Luckily we bumped into the chap who owns weir barn and he let us park in his yard.
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