I'm kind of bamboozled saying this as I've lamented all winter long that I have no ride time...the sun was out today, beautiful perfect day, and I passed on the ride. Phebes already had 23 miles this week, and as I plan to put another 20-25 under her on Saturday I decided to just back off a little and allow her muscle, tendons, and hydration some relief for a few days. It seems alright to me to challenge her body with training, but I have to remember to allow for rest too. If my body is still "sore" in places, then what about the horse who carried me? So Phebes will be off today, and again tomorrow and Thursday. Friday I'll again do a short hill session at pleasure speed. Just a loosen things up ride. Then we will hit the trails on Saturday and see if Phebes can cover the distance in five hours + an hour hold at the ten mile point. If that is successful, we will go back to 3 X per week training with 2-5 mile rides, and 1-10 mile ride each week until the Chicken Chase. The shorter rides I will work at sustained trotting, and the longer ride I will continue working at a gradual increase in speed over a fairly flat course. The XYZ at Versailles would be good for that, by walking until we clear the tunnel for warm up, trotting and cantering XYZ until we are back at the tunnel (this tunnel crosses under a highway), and then walk back in for a cool down. We will continue to train barefoot with the exception of Henryville.
My saddle has put sore spots on the upper inside aspect of my knees where the skirt of the saddle comes to an edge. I can see this being a real issue for me going forward with training. It occurs at the posting trot. Not sure what to do about it??? I've also worn two holes into the cordura under skirting of my saddle already. One where my leathers swipe across the cordura and the other where the cinch ring is. This saddle is only a few months old...and I'm wearing the sucker out! Currently I've wrapped the leathers with good old duct tape for a slicker slide, and put duct tape over the hole under the cinch ring. I do know that I can't possibly replace this saddle anytime this season so I'd better suck it up and figure out a way to address the issues. Tired out and heading to bed really early tonight. Phebes is out in the barn stuffing her little face. ~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