At least the humidity was lower than yesterday. Out in the woods it wasn't too bad.
As for muscle tone...I'm not feeling great about it overall. I observed Toby and felt his muscles and they are just loose and floppy when he is tied to the trailer. Phebes are firm. I just don't know what to think. Is it because she is wound up like an eight day clock and has all that tension in her body? Is it because she really just can't do this job? I'm at a loss. She moves out alright on the trail, has plenty of life in her, does not act like she is cramping. Her urine was fine, she drank on the last four miles, she ate hay when we came back to the trailer. Her first pulse down took about seven or eight minutes, but she was worked up about things going on in the day parking area. After the second loop she pulsed down by the time I got her clipped to the trailer, her bpm 57. I wish there were an easy answer to all this. Because if she really can't do this job, there is no sense in me forcing it, as the outcome will be the same. Better to move on to another horse, or another horse related activity. I do know that I DO NOT WANT to crash this horse again. I've no fortitude for pushing her to the edge.
I just don't know what to think about her muscle tone? ~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