Tonight we schooled at the walk and the trot. I had set up four cones, and four logs. We would go through the cones with me pushing her right, then left, then right, then left with my leg. Moving forward, but sideways at the same time. I'm sure there is a term for what this is, but I don't know what it is. I had her do this both directions first at the walk, and then at the trot. As we picked up the trot we went over logs that were laying in an "S" pattern so she has to bend left, and then right. Next I push her out towards the fence with my inside leg and inside rein, which makes her flow sideways until we are up to the fence, and then trot down the fence, halt, and back up. I'm very encouraged with how she is picking this up. We are also able to plant her hind legs (pivot), and step around on the front using leg and rein at this point.
Phebes being her sweet little mare self had a minor rebellion this evening. A horse drawn buggy and a group of riders came by while we were trotting the log pattern, and she squealed and decided to pitch a fit. Staying on was a wee bit challenging, but I managed, and put her right back to work.
I'm still cleaning and organizing out in my trailer. Purchased two more totes with snap on lids. One for first aid supplies, and a small one for nothing but batteries. Cleaned out an old tote just for keeping everything related to booting including boots, screws, rubber mallet, splint boots, screwdrivers, cotter pins, easyfoam, and pliers.
Have some ideas for making my dressing room more user friendly in the future. Nothing so drastic as finishing it out, but just making it neater, cleaner, and comfortable. Back to work tomorrow. ~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