Phebes went out on trail for the first time since the tye-up in April. We rode a pleasure horse pace, with short trotting intervals. Since she hasn't seen the trail for over a month I thought she did reasonably well spook-wise. She found a couple things to spook over but stopped as soon as I picked up the reins. I walked her in the last five minutes (hand walked) and took her pulse as soon as I tied her to the hitch rail. Pulse recorded at 50 bmp, so she wasn't over stressed in any way.
As for how the rump muscles feel? Well-they feel like they always do, which is firm. Some give, you can push them in, but not jiggly like a big old quarter horse, or an out of condition horse. This is the one big nagging worry that is staying with me. How can I be sure she isn't setting up for another tye-up? The only clue at Chicken Chase was the "B" on muscle tone, and I swear if they checked her today she'd still probably get the "B". I think she will always feel this way. If someone knows more about this than I do, I'd be happy to listen to your thoughts on how a well-conditioned horse should feel on the top line of those big rump muscles.
Tomorrow we will do arena work for an hour with 20 minutes of trotting intervals mixed in. Trying to stay positive and focused. ~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