The girls (Phebes and Puddin') were just rattling they were shivering so hard. So glad I got off from work early so we could put them up and blanket them. It doesn't scare me so much with Phebes as it does my old girl. Puddin' has melanoma in her mouth, on her anal area, she's at least half blind, and she's 22 years old. I worry about her, she just can't hack being wet and cold at the same time. Sometimes the other two horses force her out of the shelter, and she was coated in ice across her entire back when I got home. She is blanketed and put up, as are the other two, with some warm mash and as much hay as we could stuff in the hay racks.
If I had two cents to rub together I SWEAR I'd take a jack hammer to the horse trailer at the first sign of a thaw, load up and move to North Carolina where the snow lasts about fifteen minutes and you get to ride all winter. I've lived here in Indiana all of my life, and every winter I lament and ask myself WHY? When there are so much more pleasant places to live. We swelter with the heat and humidity all summer, and freeze to death in the winter. Enough of my whining....surely an end is in sight! Yep, that's the plan, and sticking to it, big thaw by the weekend. ~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