I'm still of course working with Phebes at the canter. Our second session she was doing better. The third session however she attempted to buck me off and darned near succeeded. We also rode the small trail loop last night, and I discovered that if a horse fly gets on her she bucks. So that was quite the adventure as well.
In this interim period the plan is to haul her to the park, hoping this weekend, and expose her to that for the first time. It will be her first trip in our trailer, and I just pray nothing causes a mishap, as she's loading really well. She's just so hypersensitive about things.
My ebay auctions went well. I was able to sell my saddle that no longer fits, cashel stirrup cushions, stirrup turn right thingies, a book, magazines, reins and curb strap, a training DVD, and 20 iris plants. I'm using this to get her treeless saddle up and running.
The treeless saddle: Well I probably made a mistake buying a Hilason, but we will see. It looked alright except for the attachment of the pommel which really sucked. It has four stitches and a lot of glue holding it on. I've taken it to Locust Grove Tack to see if Mr. Huffman can reinforce it with latigo. I just have visions of the thing popping up mid ride! He is also making an emergency grab strap (as Phebes tends to create emergency grabbing...), and he's putting on some latigo strings to make it a little more "western". The saddle pad for it is on order from Lori's tack. I'm getting her a 3/4 inch split top, with tapered foam, in black duck. This pad is designed for the treeless saddles. I have already purchased two english to western girth converters, but don't know what size girth she will need yet. A pair of easyboot bares, size one, are on the way. Mr. Huffman also resized my Wintec english girth so it would fit Phebes. Now hoping, praying, PRAYING all this gear fits, and we don't have a saddle slippage problem. Off to work ~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