Remember when Phebes could not walk down a hill without about killing us? *fast forward almost 500 miles* I have one of the hill climbingest horses I could every wish for. She can go up them walking, trotting, or like a rocket! She goes down with a nice straight little shimmy, even in the mud. In fact, Phebes has conditioned in mud and not much but mud! She is a mud running fool. She is as sure footed on a muddy trail as she is a dry one. Now the fair weather riders? Will they have that advantage?
Remember the pain of trailer loading? I walked her up to the trailer, pointed....and in she went yesterday *huge Granny grin*.
Remember the horse that would not trot? Uhmmmm she trotted at least 13 miles of the 15 yesterday.
Each trail ride presents with new training opportunities. My feeling with most of what Phebes does "wrong" is that she still lacks confidence. Once she is able to push through her fear, and see that everything is okay, then she nails it. Our new training opportunity? WATER STOPS. She has figured out that you get to stand and relax at water stops.....so now she wants to camp out at water stops. Geez Louise, my Phebers! ~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