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
January 7, 2009
Mid-week musings, thoughts, and plans.
Phebes and I have been lucky so far this winter that the weather here in southeastern Indiana has been relatively mild. We have been riding on either mud or frozen tundra depending on the weekend temperatures for our scheduled conditioning rides. Because I know the real cold is yet to come I’ve chosen not to clip her. Phebe’s coat never gets long; it just becomes denser, kind of like teddy bear fur. On our coldest ride days I’ve tried to rate her at a trot to avoid her breathing deep super cold air, and risking respiratory problems. On days above freezing we really let loose and run except for the slippery down hills. The only time I’ve felt cold on our winter rides are the days we pleasure ride vs. train. Riding at the walk you just don’t seem to get that blood flow into your fingers and feet, and even though gloved, and double wool socked my toes get frosty. On the other hand, if we are moving out, I feel pretty warm, if not too warm at some point. So if the footing is reasonable, better to do a slow warm up, then get to trotting!
A few weeks back I had made her a rump rug from polar fleece. I made it kind of long, but have since re-thought that. The blanket this past weekend kept migrating to one side, and I didn’t like how it was flopping around back there, envisioning a hoof catching in the fabric and injuring her or causing us a wreck. So I took the scissors to it on Sunday last and trimmed it down to hang much shorter. Enough I believe to keep those big muscles cozy, but not enough to get in the way or twist this direction or that.
My Easyboot Bares are hitting the road today. They sold so I’m looking forward to getting a set of the new Easyboot Gloves. I plan to boot her front hooves first, then scrounge up the cash later for her hinds + a spare boot for our cantle bag. I’ve not decided for sure, but I may go with the glue on boots for the hinds. So thank you Kelly for purchasing the Bares! We may get booted yet.
I’ve used Phebes S-Hack three times now. I really, really, really like it. It did not help to rate her, but it does stop her much better than the Dr. Cook’s that I was using, and she feels much less bothered by it as evidenced by her not wanting to constantly rub at her face. It has been a learning curve for me though to ride with a loose rein which I am very much not accustomed to doing. I’ve always ridden with light contact on the rein. So I’m working hard to change how I ride and trying hard to develop some trust in my horse.
The Crestridge Crusade Lite saddle continues to perform well. Her shoulders are moving freely, and her sweat patterns are even with a nice dry channel down the spine. I did find I needed to modify my Crestridge pad. Once we started speeding up the pad would creep backwards under the saddle as much as 3 or 4 inches. My favorite saddle repair and tack guru Gerald Huffman from Locust Grove Tack and Feed sewed on some nylon keepers with tiny D rings. I’m going to test this but feel reasonably sure that the pad will stay put. Over the weekend I washed up my Skito pad that was purchased for the treeless saddle. It is a $180 pad, beveled inserts, wool bottom, and low profile quilted under the leg. It fits under my western saddle reasonably well, but I’m not sure if I’m going to keep it, or sell it and put the money towards her new boots. I have a barrel shaped Skito that is several years old, but in good repair that I could use as a back up pad. Then there is the treeless saddle which I’ve not decided if I’ll keep or not keep. The treeless worked well for her, but it sure didn’t work out for me. I need to support of a tree with my physical limitations (Osteoarthritis and Fibromyalgia). The treeless will likely go up for auction in the spring. My Abetta I will keep as an emergency back up saddle and to ride Puddin’ if I ever get time to work with her under saddle again.
As soon as spring turns the corner I must see about getting my horse trailer cleaned out. The tack room looks like a bomb went off in there. My cot is covered with spare clothes, horse gear, feed buckets….it’s a mess!
I’m off to my Mom’s in a little while. We will go shopping and I’ll mail off Kelly’s boots. If the weather is decent this afternoon I may try to go for a ride on Phebes. Would love to work on rating her speed....rating her speed.....rating her speed! ~E.G.