Since I'm stiff, sore, and hobbling around today I took a pass on riding. But the day wore long on me by late afternoon and I happened to think of the bright yellow roll of plastic caution tape my husband purchased for me two weeks ago. He thought I should string some around the paddock area, and hang some from the fence and trees for the purpose of de-spooking Phebes the sight and sound of flapping caution tape. This would simulate the pulse gate at an actual ride...let me offer a little tidbit of advice, if you haven't exposed your horse to this, do so prior to participating in a ride. I never saw such blowing, snorting, flying tails, farting, and galloping. So that stuff is going to be flapping around out there for some time to come, until they are bored stiff with it. I could just visualize the pulse rate shooting straight skyward instead of the other direction.
Speaking of pulses, Chris checked both horses with a monitor immediately post ride yesterday and they pulsed down pronto! I was very impressed with Toby's pulse down, as he is more heavily muscled than Phebes. He went down to an awesome 47 bpm! Phebes got there, but she was slower to pulse down because she was having a hissy fit because Chris touched her. She tried to cow-kick Chris twice to my humiliation. She didn't mind me putting the hand held device on her but she was having none of Chris. It worries me how this will translate to the actual vet, and what I'm to do about it other than tie red ribbons on her tail? Phebes is having the moody mare thing right now, and she can be pretty nasty when she's like that.
Dishes to do........work tomorrow. ~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