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
August 30, 2009
Beautiful riding weather, and making progress!
My riding and Phebe's trotting have improved dramatically. I'm not having to give it too much conscious thought anymore. When I do catch myself falling back into old habits, I make a quick correction. I have found that a big part of what ailed my ability to ride the trot was the position of my shoulders. Once I get them back, it is like the stars align, I'm back on my seat bones, my heels come down. Today I was riding the trot at 9 mph without difficulty. The two point is improving as well, though I find it a little more difficult than the sitting trot. When we go for lessons it looks like we are going to have to pick something else to work on :)
The photos are from the trail behind our place. We covered 10 miles today, and worked most of the miles over two short loops. One is a flat track / hill loop and we have started some short canters, right back into a trot on that track, and the other is flat circling a field where I work all three gaits and try to get control and rating at the trot. Right now the trot is 4-9 miles per hour. A nice range, and much better control. Now I need to find a steady horse/ rider combo that can work in that speed pocket for some training.
Phebes is starting to bloom into the horse I've always wanted. As bad as the tye-up episode was, it was a great "schooling" lesson for me. It forced me to look at how I ride, my expectations for my horse, her strengths and weaknesses. She will have been under saddle a year next month, and she and I have covered some ground. We didn't go where I thought we would go this summer, but because we didn't, some wonderful things are beginning to happen and I'm enjoying riding this horse. I can hardly believe that I said that! She still has her moments of crazy spooking, but they are become more of a rare thing. I figure another year under saddle and we'll see some amazing things. Happy and content are the words of the day...~E.G.