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 22, 2009
A question about maintaining weight without a "hot' horse
I'm having a little bit of difficulty maintaining Phebes weight. She is "okay" in that I can feel ribs but not see them. But her topline has no nice little divet along the spine like you see with a horse in good flesh. No spiney protrusions at all, just not that little "extra" fat that I prefer to see on the topline of a horse. She also has a tucked appearance in her flanks (right behind the rib cage). I'm not thinking it is a hydration issue because she has no skin tenting, her cap refill is excellent, etc. Her feed ration consists of 1/3 bale of mixed grass hay daily. A few pounds of beet pulp, six pounds of Nutrena feed (split into two rations) and a cup of Manna pro horse fat supplement. I'm really giving her about the max she can hold in two feedings. I'm leary of the performance feeds because she reacts very badly to high NSC feeds. These make her very hot, very nervous, and too flighty. The lower NSC feeds have done a lot for her overall behavior. Any tips on getting a little extra weight on her without making her hot? Do fit horses just look this way? ~E.G.