It didn't go well today. We had three horses, and she really acted up. I tried very hard to get her to just settle down and trot, when I did get her into a trot it was very uncollected, jarring, and had to be as hard on her joints as anything she could possibly do. It was throwing me all over and felt like trying to ride a giant pogo stick, impossible to post, and near impossible to two point. It was like jigging only BIGGER. By a mile or two out my heart was hammering in my chest from the exhaustion of fighting her. I've about decided that if Phebes doesn't have some handle on her by The Chicken Chase, I'm not going to keep her. She is a very forward horse, she is happy cantering along, but that is it. She does not like being in a pack of horses unless she is a quarter mile out in front. There are people in this world who like to go down a trail at speed, and they are the folks that generally WIN endurance races. That is what she would be happy doing. But I am not.
Nicole rode with Chris and I today, and the best part of the day was seeing how sensible her horse is. Arabee did really well. She worked up a sweat, but pulsed right down when we came in. She covered about ten miles with us.
After our lunch break Chris and I went out for another hour, so about fifteen miles total.
When Phebes was de-booted I noticed one of her Easyboot gloves had come apart. That was disappointing as I only have two rides on them. I'm going to see if I can take the screw out and fit the gaiter where it attaches to the back of the shell. It should be able to be fixed. Again, most of what we rode today was possible without boots, except for those gravel service roads.
On a happier note my favorite quotes of the day.
"Toby is an appetite on four legs"
"Phebes is an emotion waiting for a place to happen"
AND THE BEST was when Chris was talking to Nicole about tailing up hills and Nicoles says "but that's her job". It was pretty funny.
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