I know what long slow distance means to me, but like most things in life, the definition seems to mean something a little different depending on who you are talking with.
What does LONG SLOW DISTANCE really mean? Is it a walk, slow trot over gradually increasing distance? Is it a gradually escalating pace of a measured track such as 10 mile (with a goal to increase speed a little each session)?
My definition of LSD after 300 base miles is: WALK THE DOWNHILLS. A MEDIUM TROT ON THE FLATS. TROTTING EASY UPHILLS, and sometimes CANTERING THE UPHILLS.
For a newbie just starting into distance riding I'd think the LSD would mean something else. Maybe spending a season just building up bone and tendons at a brisk walk and easy trot, and walking the hills until the horse is fit.
Phebes is going to continue increasing her distance on the weekend with our riding group, and I hope to get myself to just relax at the canter. On weekdays I want to get her to relax on the trail network behind us until it is old hat, then we will start extending her trot, her speed, and other days really working those hills to build up her hind muscles for pushing up those huge hills to come at Henryville.
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