I'll have to admit that I'm a little bit fumduggled on the issue of the rate and gait that is necessary for a reasonable finish at Limited Distance. If you have done limited distance I'd really appreciate some feedback as to your rate of speed on the average, and what gait is used most. If you respond please let me know what type of rider you are, forward and competitive, middle of the pack, or just happy to survive and beat the deadline? I've only attended 3 rides, and rode two of those. But I did notice that there were a lot of cantering horses, and fast finishing times. Yet, when I read about conditioning, training, and competing the literature suggests you trot, trot, and you trot as that is aerobic, while cantering is not. My mare seems much happier at the canter, but I don't want to do that if it is going to harm her in the long run. Thoughts? Anyone? My early goals are mid pack completions. I'd like to build up to being competitive by the time she is seven years old, though that will depend on if I can ride better, and if I get fitter through this process.
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