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
November 9, 2009
Cave Country Canter
Michelle Detmer's 50 mile ride story follows from the Cave Country Canter:
I am so blessed to have 2 great horses! We got 11th and 12th place!!!! We thought for sure we were last. But when we came in they said, no there are others behind you?!
I believe there were 21 riders, at least there may have been one or two more. Some were pulled only a few were behind us. We still went our own speed and were mostly alone (me and Sabine) 95% of the time. We started at 7am and were done around 4:45pm. There was tons of mud! Or I guess I should say bogs. Mud puddles at least have a bottom. This mud was like quick sands in spots, and it sucked you in. I know because I got personal with a couple of them. My boots came off in them. First one of my renegades. I search for a good 15 minutes. But unfortunately had to leave it. Then I foamed on an easy boot at the start of the second loop. So I had one renegade and one easyboot. They stayed on the entire loop until about 3 miles from the end and the easy boot came off. I looked for it for a few minutes but no luck. At the last hold I realized the one renegade I did have was broken. The cable broke (it can be replaced) I just wasn't able to do it there.) So I had no boots for the final loop. Which really didn't matter anyways because there was only about 4 miles of gravel road the rest was muddy bogs thru the trails. The footing was really difficult. The leaves are all down covering the trail. There are big rocks, naturally strewn about on the woods trails, but you can't see them much for all the leaves. And where there weren't big rocks there was the muddy bogs. Just a little portion of it was gravel roads and more so on the first two 19 mile loops. The last 17 mile loop was mostly in the woods and that portion was not terribly rocky just muddy - you couldn't ever sustain a trot for very long. We mostly walked it because the footing forced us to. I was happy that the horses still had the desire to want to move out, we just didn't let them.
I'm not complaining because the weather was absolutely perfect, the scenery was breath taking. We rode along the ohio river with cliffs and caves on the other side. Beautiful woods and forest, and another river as well. And we finished!!!!! Stormy trotted out great on the final vet check even with going 17 miles barefoot, and a good portion of the other loops with just one boot. I didn't bother with trying to boot her backs.
Jazz wore her new renegades and didn't ever loose them!!! And those bogs were just like glue. Sabine liked Laura's Bob Marshall and felt comfortable riding Jazz. It was a great day. We stayed for the awards and then left around 7:45pm. The horses still look great today but I plan on giving them a couple weeks off. I'm at least going to try. We aren't going to any more rides this year.
Sabine brought a camera and took some pictures, out on the trail as well. (I'll send those along when I get them).