Saddled Phebes up for a very short ride in the muddy paddock up front. She pitched her a fit right at the start, flipping her head to try and avoid a one rein stop (which is a little more difficult with the hack than the Dr. Cook's was). I don't know why she is so hard to ride in that location, but it has caused me more grief than I can spare. I was riding her up there when I got the concussion last February. I worked with her a little while but it was obvious that trotting in a straight line was out of the question. This is a very big part of why I can't ride without holding on. Holding on ensures me at least a fighting chance when she acts like this, and not having a grip somewhere it is almost certain she will do a zero to 500 mph rollback, or spook sideways and THERE I GO AGAIN *sigh*. It is pretty sad when you go to the rheumatologist and the first thing they ask is "have you fall off the horse in the past three months."
1. I AM OVER WINTER, and I don't even want to deal with spring, just skip the whole thing and give me early summer so I can ride the snot out of this horse and have a hope for The Spook Run.
2. If I manage to get this long eared buck toothed son of a jack rabbit horse to the Chicken Chase, I'm riding MY OWN RIDE. Even if that means dead last. (Well...dead wouldn't be good, how about LAST PLACE). I won't enter if I have to fight a horse in a pack. I want my own little speed pocket, and if that takes six hours, then O-KEE Dokey. We take six hours then. We move forward, at the trot, canter if she acts like she has grey matter between her ears.
3. Phebes needs a lot of work. The respect issues are creeping back in with every lay off due to weather. I'm a person that hangs with it...but it is starting to wear a little thin with me. I'd like to have a horse that isn't trying to hammer me. I really would. I want it to be Phebes, but I'm just not sure WHAT IT IS GOING TO TAKE to get that partnership, to feel that I can trust her and just relax into the saddle and go. I'm tired of feeling like passenger clawing onto the saddle just to stay on because of her behavioral issues. The only way she seems to respect me is if I'm leaning toward MEAN. I'm not a mean person!!! I don't want to be mean, and I don't want to have to re-enforce my leadership everytime I saddle up.
4. I think I'm mad ...and I think Cybill Syndrome looks pretty good compared to my present state of mind with this horse. Maybe I should give her a bath, clip her up, and list on Horse of your Dreams....*sound of hysterical laughter*.
5. I could ride my back up horse, that would be Puddin who is 22 years old and essentially blind and swaybacked. Yep, sounds like a plan.
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