Since we are relegated to light exercise and from the ground at that, we are just working on very slow walk and trot transitions, with a verbal whoa, and then a cued back-up, reverse the other direction, and repeat. She is working five minutes walking as a warm up, and 10 doing transitions, then we slow walk back to the paddock. She's not really working up a sweat or anything so a serious cool down doesn't seem warranted. By the time I walk her out of the pen, out the gate, and down the drive to the pasture gate I figure she's find.
If I could get this horse to trot under saddle the way she does on a long line it would be wonderful. She has a soft little pitty-pat trot, kind of western pleasure style. You wouldn't cover much ground with it, but nor would you overwork those big dorsal muscles on the top line of the rump. It looks effortless. Our attempts at a trot under saddle have always been a go-go-go sort of trot, where the legs really push out and you are cranking about 9-10 mph. This pitty-pat trot probably wouldn't push over 5-6 mph. Which would barely squeak us by to a completion. If I could get control of both, then I could alternate, and we'd be good to complete a slow ride.
In some ways not all bad has come out of this situation. It has made me really look harder at the job I'm asking of my horse. This recovery period gives me no option but to work slow, and slow is what I've struggled to get a across.
I'm ultra convinced that don't tarry, don't hurry means exactly that. Though I'm still fiddling with the mechanics of it, I feel as though we could attempt another ride this year as long as I ride my own ride, not keep pace with anyone else (even my buds!), shut her down when someone blows by us until they are well out of sight, and spend plenty of time by ourselves at the water stops on the second loop. We won't have any five day pre-ride layoffs from her work schedule in the future either if I can bodily help it.
Phebes has been pretty well behaved throughout this set-back. I'm trying to get her soft and relaxed, and so far we are making progress. This is a little tedious for me, but tedium teaches patience, and God knows I could use more of that. ~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