I haven't been in the saddle since I fell on my head. Don't really have a fear issue, but thought it prudent to let my brain have a reprieve before Phebes tries to knock me out again ....(kidding), actually the ground has been ice covered or pastern deep in "poop soup" since my birthday.
A nice lady wrote to me yesterday. Her name is Laura (please feel free to post at will on your distance dreams, aspirations, and horse stuff). She was asking about the Sycamore Creek Saddle , how it was working out for distance. I had to tell her truly I've not tested that yet, though that is in the planning as soon as Indiana gets out of the nasty cold weather. I can ride in the cold, but here that usually means coated with ice, or torrential cold rain, or some combination of both that makes the footing on my trails treacherous, if not plain dangerous. So I wait. But that got me to thinking....last time I rode it was pretty muddy, and I was about half coherent when I put my saddle away. Pulled off the cover, and what a mess! It had a lot of dried mud on it, and my braided leather reins which if you remember I dropped, just prior to falling on my head. Phebes had dragged those through the mud and they were just caked in dried stuff. So I broke out the saddle soap today and went to work. If I can't ride, at least I can dream of riding while I clean things up. My saddle cleaned up beautifully. The black positively glows now, and the leather on the seat is getting softer as I condition it. My reins look alright, but I'm not sure I'll ever get that caked in mud out of the braiding altogether. Once Phebes is going I plan to get her bridle, reins, and breastcollar in either beta or biothane. Right now there is no sense in the expense as those $$$'s will need to go towards a trainer.
My husband and I are giving some thought to selling our place and relocating. I'd like to live near at least 25 miles of horse trail, preferably right on a trail head. This would involve the sale of our place, building a pole barn house, barn, paddock, fences, and an obstacle course for the horses. Like most things, it will probably come with time. Location is more the question right now. Stay in Indiana? Leave Indiana? I think SERA has the most rides to offer in their region, but not sure if the we'd come out on the swap as land prices go. The Ohio-West Virginia border is nice, and OAATS sponsors a lot of nice rides both CTR and Endurance each year. We could come out alright on land in that area.
At my age (now 50 thank you) one must keep dreaming....to ever stop is to die.
Ride on....dream on ~Endurance Granny
Discipline: LD/Endurance, CMO, Trail Rider, Cartoonist, Writer, Co-Director/ Green Bean Endurance
Favorite Links for training, gear, and memberships!
- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
- HOW TO CMO
- What is CMO?
- Old Dominion Endurance Rides
- Renegade Hoof Boots
- Riding vs. Racing a discussion with the Duck.
- Trumbull Mountain's INTRO TO ENDURANCE RIDING
- Principles of Conditioning
- Conditioning the endurance horse by SERA
- Short Article: Feeding & Training the Endurance Horse
- Feeding the Endurance Horse, Swedish Author
- Preventing Dehydration In the Endurance Horse, Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association
- Jim Holland's fantastic training links here!
- South Eastern Distance Rider's Association