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
May 7, 2009
Rainy days and Work days get me down
Wednesday poured rain, and it was a cold rain. Today was my long day at work, so Phebes has had the past two days off. When I got home late this evening Doug was getting ready to put the horses up. Some riders came down the road about the same time. Phebes came galloping in from the field with her tail straight up, all snort and blow...no doubting her percentage of arabian when she does that, it is breathtaking. She is as beautiful as any horse I could conjure in my imagination.
Phebes and I have had a difficult time bonding. Even the miles just did not give me that connection that I like to feel for my horse. The post ride catastrophe however did something to me. Made me look past the frustration of the previous months, to the learning strides she's made. She was so good at the ride. You would not have known she was the same wild ride of previous months. The horse that could not step into the mud, cross a creek, solo down a trail, walk, trot, or canter, load into a trailer, walk down a hill, stop or go when asked, the horse who had never camped, never seen a ride camp, never ridden in a pack of 50 horses... I've not given my little horse the credit she deserves. Is she a pain in the butt? Well, she can be...but not the same horse at all as I had just a year ago this April. So I see what hard work and believing in something accomplish. I'm liking this horse, and caring about this horse with the independent streak. She's a lot different horse than her mama. Puddin' was all "ask me and I'll try...even if I'm scared to death, I'll try." Phebes is "show me you are a worthy leader and I will walk beside you." "Speak to me in a language that I can understand, then I will carry you, and I will give you all or maybe more than I have." If I could love Puddin' for her "try", what could I accomplish if I can learn to partner with this one? This wild full of fire grey tobiano...Lil Bit of Magic.