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 3, 2009
I've been thinking about the longer distances
It is probably a mute point, but I just really don't have any aspirations for a 100 mile ride. I respect the horses and riders who are this capable, but even if my physical self was able, I'm not so sure that I would risk my horse to prove the point. Even though fatalities among endurance horses are relatively low, I'm just too much of a worrier and a fretter. I will likely find my happy niche among the Limited Distance Riders and watch those with more fortitude do the longer distances. A friend has encouraged me to consider my horse as a 50 mile prospect eventually. That will depend on her getting more collected, my getting more balanced, trust building and partnership, and a string of ever faster paced LD's before that will ever go on the burner. Someone who knows endurance horses pretty well said if he had my horse, he'd be completing 50's this year, and winning them next year. It came from a rider I respect alot....just wish he could show me how to glue my butt to the saddle on my zig-zagging spinning steed *LOL*. If I can get through this season with a few healthy and sane completions on Phebes, I might make my 2009 winter goal some weekly riding lessons. It would help to maintain her condition, and perhaps clear up the slap dash riding that is bound to affect her over the long haul with my middleweight load.