I broke out the clippers and took off some fur today around her girth area. Wetted it down, and tried out the new heart rate monitor (hand held with receiver watch). Her resting pulse is 36 bpm, and that was with quite a bit of fidgeting on her part. Initially it was about 47 bpm and I found that by using the head down cue, I was able to get it to drop pretty dramatically in a hurry. Her emotions I fear will cause us some angst when it is time for the pulse check and vet check. I plan to bring it with me on training rides to assure that she is pulsing down within 10 minutes of coming in. Chris checked her our last ride and she pulsed down to 60 within the time it took me to dismount and tie her up to the trailer.
Working some extra hours this week to pay for those boots...so I may be a little scarce. Hoping to have good weather on Tuesday and Wednesday for some riding, and then back to the park on Saturday and Sunday if I have any takers who would like to ride with me. ~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