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May 12, 2009

Phebes got the all clear today.

Her CK level was well within normal range, so we are good to go back to work gradually. So I'll do a couple of slow 5 mile trail sessions out here, then to the park and start working the trot over the A loop in intervals like I was doing here.

She did show a slight elevation in one of her liver enzymes, so that will bear watching. The vet wasn't concerned, but as Phebes is on raspberry leaf for "mood mare" syndrome, I'm wondering if perhaps I should cut that back a little.

So good news! Now I have to re-structure my time and have at it. I'm probably only going to train 3 days per week instead of the 5 per week that was my usual goal (though not always met).

I do know I'm pretty over the arena work for awhile. Even though my seat needs more of it. ~E.G.


  1. Great! I'm so happy for you and Phebes!

    If it makes you feel any better - the number of days a week spent training was a topic of conversation recently on ridecamp (e-mail list at *most* of us train ~3 days a week. Shorter ride or two during the week, followed by a longer ride on the weekend. Most people responding were doing 50's so you should be just fine doing LD's I would think. I know you'll keep us updated!

  2. I agree with the previous comment. I never get more than 3 rides in a week either. But it is plenty for my girls.

    I don't think your conditioning program was your problem at all for Chicken Chase. It was probably diet related. Just my opinion.

    Michelle Detmer