I'll admit I had a serious problem with wanting to over train when getting Puddin' ready to try out my first ride. By the time we got to one I think I'd about worn her out. I log my training miles and I had done about a thousand miles prior to trying a ride. Puddin' would usually kind of hit the wall at 20 miles, and I never really got her where she could energetically continue. There was her age factored into this. She was not ridden until she was 16 years of age, then I trained her one season, and competed two rides on her the next after another year of LSD. Puddin' was not a horse to take care of herself either. She would hold out on eating and drinking, even pre-ride as she was so psyched out by all the horses, and activity. I hope that Phebes will grow into taking care of herself, but already her drinking doesn't suit me. I've been riding in cold weather though, so maybe she just didn't feel thirsty?
To prepare for a 25-30 mile ride what would the next 10 weeks need to look like? I'm thinking 15-20 miles per week, with a lot of hill and cardio (sprints)? That seems huge compared to my current ZERO. David had suggested I get cracking on 2/ fast 5 mile rides per week, and then add a longer distance on the weekend when I have time. That seems a reasonably do-able training goal IF THE WEATHER COOPERATES!
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