Currently I have Phebes on a maintenance feeding schedule since we aren't able to work. She gets about 4 lbs. per day of beet pulp, Nutrena's senior feed (I know she is four but this feed is full of everything an endurance horse should eat, lots of fiber, reasonably low NSC's, and not too high in protein, and she is now maintaining her weight and she likes it!), all the grass hay she can eat, and one of these feedings is a big soupy mash to be sure she has plenty of water in her gut, and she gets a horse fat supplement, free choice loose minerals, and salt. Once we get back on the trail again, I will probably need to increase her ration up to the maximum allowed on feed, and split her ration into three feedings. Any of you seasoned endurance riders I'd be thrilled to see a short synopsis of what you feed your horses during the competition season.
Researching rotational worming this morning and ordered Phebes wormers for the coming season. I'm going to put them on the calendar so I can time them several weeks prior to any long conditioning rides, or actual rides. Think I'll make me up a calendar and maybe link it to the blog so I can stay on track with it, and her hoof care.
On my further fitness I'm going to dig out one of my yoga books and see if I can get my neck more limber, and less painful. I've injured my neck several times and have arthritis and limited mobility. So I don't want to leave that portion of my body in the dust, since it is vulnerable to injury.
I'm all over the map this morning aren't I? Caffiene does that to me *LOL*. ~E.G.
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