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 17, 2009
Take the bull by the horns, or in this case the MULE BY THE EARS!
Nicole and I have had some email communications on the Phebes. I schooled in the pen last night, but tonight I took it to the trails out back. I'm using the basic idea that Nicole gave me, but modified it to suit the situation. The situation being Phebes does not want to trot. She wants to canter. So the goal tonight was pretty much walk, trot 5 strides, walk or halt. Walk, trot 10 strides, walk or halt. Repeating this procedure, and increasing the trotting distance. If she broke stride we halted, reversed up the trail, and started over again. Every time she made any kind of mistake, we would do a one rein stop, then head the other direction turn, and do it over. Coming home she trotted the length of the field and did not break stride, and that my friends is a FIRST. She was pointed towards home and very eager to get home. So I was proud of the small accomplishment. The problem with this, is we are riding alone, as most of the time that is how I have to train. So I'm not sure the work will be applicable to her mind when RACE BRAIN (better known as Cybil Syndrome) sets in next time I'm in a group. I'll work this process when Nicole rides with me next, and see how that goes. We only did 5.15 miles tonight, but at least it was under control and sensible. ~E.G.