I've been thinking about the fact that my nose is bruised but not broken, and how that statement really fits the relationship between me and my horse. Phebes has her problems, no doubt about that. But we have covered a lot of turf in the past twelve months. Last year this time Phebes could not be ridden outside of the round pen, she had not been off the property, would not cross water, would not canter, would not have her hind feet picked up, would not allow herself to be wormed the normal way, had never been ridden on the road, would not get near a horse trailer, let alone load. A lot of hard work, a whole lot of emotion, and many hours have passed to get where we are now.
A horse that rides off without barn sour issues, crosses water, REALLY LIKES TO CANTER, stands to get her hooves trimmed, loads in a trailer, crosses water, had her first two rides on a road with other horses, and had her wormer last night the normal way.
Literally a thousand hours on my little problem horse. A relationship that is bruised, but not broken... ~Endurance Granny
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