It was a fantastic day to be out on my horse. Chris Eickleberry and Stacie Johnson met me at the trail head and we covered 15 miles at an intermittent trotting and walking pace. I was a little worried about our first group sojourn since that is what creates most of her behavioral melt-downs. The first couple of minutes were a little sticky, though not so dangerous as rides past. She then settled down and followed in either second or third position for most of the day. She didn't break gait!!! We had "mare ears" a few times, but otherwise she was a good girl. She had plenty of impulsion following, not so much leading. She drank at the first water stop, and later she drank out of her bucket at the trailer for the VERY FIRST TIME! I'm sure Chris thought I'd lost my mind as I'm in the trailer doing my little happy dance and pointing at Phebes. She urinated three times and it was the right color. She also walked into Lake Monroe which was very brave, she has never seen a large body of water before, but she was not sure about the little waves coming in, and was not about to drink of it.
So the WORK IN PROGRESS SCORE:
Work ethic = A
Impulsion = B (great following , hesitant leading)
Pulse = A (two minute pulse to criteria after 15 miles)
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