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
October 27, 2009
Now that the dust has settled
I have been thinking, and analyzing how we did, and giving thought on how we can take the good and make it better, and how we can shape the difficulties into better outcomes.
The negatives from our ride (I'm hoping for ideas from those of you who have been there done that) : GUT SOUNDS The "C" on gut sounds at the halfway really rattled me. We were able to turn it around to a "B" which cost me an additional 20 minutes added to my 40 minute hold. It was worth it, but of course much better to come in at the halfway with an "A" or at worst a "B", get the horse eating and drinking and move back out on the trail at the end of my hold. I'd like to see her eating better pre-ride. She ate hay Saturday morning but refused to eat her morning grain concentrate ration. She also didn't drink the first loop of fifteen miles, started drinking on the second loop.
Road riding, this horse is terror filled on the road which is not only dangerous (we had a brief bucking pirouette on the blacktop), but really cost a lot of time. I'm thinking until she finds a comfort zone there I may be better off dismounting and clipping her rein to her halter and go on foot. God knows I need to exercise, it would give her a little break, and our speed certainly would be no worse. Thoughts?
Pre-ride vet check: I was horrified. It was like a three ring circus getting her vetted in. Totally unclear what that was about except she can now "smell" a vet a mile away. She would let ME do the things the vet was doing, but sure wasn't having any of that from the vet.
Rating. After an initial conversation and some backing up at the start each time she broke gait, she rated very nicely. In fact she was power trotting at one point around 13 mph! Because of the terrain I had to break her gait up continuously. I allowed walk on the uphills, and steep downhills, easy trot on the flats, and power trotting on the dry gravel service roads. I felt really good about the outcome. In order to sustain it I had to find little "alone" pockets of just me, horse, and trail.
Vet checks at the halfway and final check. She was really pretty good with these. The vet was standing in a barn with a lot of stuff in there and the wind started rattling some plastic attached to the rafters. She found this upsetting and wanted out of there, but I don't think that was so unusual for a young horse to go vigilant with a weird flapping noise they can't locate the source. Otherwise her two checks went well. She stood still and tolerated the process even though it was evident her mind was really out there....with all the goings on in ride camp.
I'm really happy with our outcome. Not perfect, not even close to perfect, but signs that the hard work I've put in this summer has started to gel with my horse. One year under saddle, almost a thousand trail miles, many more miles to go. ~E.G.