Phebes started out a little rocky when we got there, being pushy and not listening. I finally put her on a longe line and worked her for about five minutes, and then did a short pre-ride while the others were getting ready. This seemed to really help her mind. She was not wanting to charge off down the trail from the onset, which was nice. She didn't drink the first ten miles or so. We took a short lunch break out in the woods and I let her nibble on bits of grass, and hand walked her to the creek to see if she'd be more interested in water if I wasn't sitting on her. NOPE! We headed back out down the trail and after about another five miles she hit the brakes at the next water hole. She tanked up. Another few miles and she did it again. So I guess I just have to give her the opportunity and she will drink when she is ready. When we got back she pulsed right down, and shoved her face into the yummy hay from Nicole's farm, and she really stuffed in the hay, let me tell you!
I rode with Lynn, Chris, and Gwen. Gwen Anrico had ridden with me early in the winter when things were still REALLY hairy. She complimented me on Phebes improvement over the past few months. Gwen also talked with me concerning the use of electrolytes. Gwen was the regional LD AERC champion 2008, so I figure she gives good advice. So we get to add another 19 miles to our training log for today. Excellent ride day!!! ~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