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
March 21, 2009
15 miles made very good time! An almost PERFECT day!
Nicole met up with Doug and I at the park about 10:00 this morning. She had her tack area loaded up with nice green crunchy alfalfa hay for Phebes to take along to make tasty treats on our rides this summer. Doug, Nicole, and I all headed out together. Doug rode at a pleasure pace with Cree as it was Big Cree's first time out in a couple months. Nicole and I headed on out. We finished our first 7.5 mile loop on schedule averaging 6-7 mph. The only things that slowed us down were the water stops, as we offered the horses water EVERY opportunity, training issues anytime Phebes broke gait I corrected her with a one rein stop. Nicole was very good about this and would trot off, then wait for Phebes around a bend or something so that she could mentally "get" that she would catch the other horse by trotting, not by cantering. Arabee had a boogery old tree branch that presented a training opportunity and she did really well. Three tries, she had it down.
Phebes and Arabee do really well together. Phebes doesn't get excitable, she doesn't get overly race brained, and they rate reasonably well together. Arabee has a nice little trot, not too forward, not to slow. Arabee pulsed down right away after both loops, and Phebes though a little higher, was low enough (60 or below). We had fake vet checks with Doug and Nicole playing vet, and trot outs. Both horses look really good. They ran bare hooved today over all terrain including gravel.
All said and done we covered 15 miles in about 2 1/2 hours ride time with a short fifteen minute break in the middle as the riders needed it!
Thanks Nicole for riding along with me. Sure appreciate it, and REALLY appreciate that you took consideration for the needs of my horse rather than just racing off into the distance. She did well today other than being a little stuck at the water stops. Good ride!!!!