It was very warm at 81 degrees, but the humidity wasn't as bad as last week.
The good: We completed 13 miles, and she is finally starting to think about drinking on the trail. She still doesn't early on, but after 7-8 miles she starts drinking. Her pulse downs were very good on both loops. She experiences a four wheeler, and a tractor, two bicycles, and met a rider (Mr. Todd from Sunman) who is 80 years old (my kind of man!) and still riding. The wind caught the trailer door just as she was backing out and wonked her on the butt, she was upset, but did get right back into the trailer which I had her do immediately after the incident.
Her pulse downs: 2 minutes 63, 5 minutes 55, 10 minutes 46 bpm. This was lap one, at eight and half miles.
Her pulse downs: 2 minutes 54, 5 minutes 53, 10 minutes 53 bpm. This was the 4.5 mile loop.
She is pulsing down to criteria within 5 minutes, but activity going on around her will make it spike back up suddenly.
The not so good: She did a 180 degree rollback at the extended trot because she didn't like the bark on a tree. I have the trail version of "road rash" and I'm gimping again. It makes me madder than spit every time it happens and that makes EIGHT FREAKIN TIMES in eight months. Grrrrr....I feel in my heart that she isn't trying to unload me, just taking flight at something she deems a horse eating object. She was also buddy sour and I was working hard to get her to have any impulsion. She wanted to drag her fanny at a whopping speed of 1.7 mph so the other horse could catch up. This makes me about nutty. At the trot you get some momentum and then that balky sucking back feeling which is not only unbalancing, but you are crawling along. I'm not sure how to fix it. First I had a horse with the gas pedal stuck. Now she has been turned on to moving slow and doesn't want to just get loose and go. I call this being "sticky". I'm thinking about getting some of those little nubby spurs and working on her impulsion in the round pen. She is so blah-say about the riding crop it is ridiculous. To get her attention you really have to whack, and I'm just not into that. I would prefer that she increase or decrease speed by feeling a cue from my seat. I know, I know.....just stick your fingers in your ears while I go make that wah wah wah wah wah background sound *LOL*.
Doug rode drag again for me. It is good to know you have someone behind you to scrape you up if need be. ~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