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 11, 2009
Lida & Doc's Ride Story: Cave Country Canter
Photos by: Lida Pinkham Cave Country Canter 2009 Mud & Rock...
I think Stacey summed up the ride pretty well. I thought it was a tough ride and I'm glad to hear others did too. Whew! Doc was a trooper. If I had really known what I was getting him into, I might not have done it. But I think we both made it out OK. Doc was pretty pooped yesterday. I actually caught him laying down when I went to check on him last night and that is a rare thing. I checked him all over, but aside from being a little stiff, he seems none the worse for wear.
Thanks to Stacey and Barney for letting us ride with them a bit. Doc blew through quite a bit of steam at the beginning of the ride. (No coughing, yeah!) Not sure how far we had gone, but after about 1 1/2 hours, he was pretty pooped and started to really slow down, so I told Stacey to go on ahead. I had a feeling we would be taking the rest of the ride slow. When I saw Doc's muscles quivering on a hill, I decided maybe I should let him have a break. So we stopped and hung out for about 10-15 minutes. I ate an apple, fed him treats, and let him rest. This really put us behind, but after that he really perked up. We had all A's at the hold after 19 miles. He pulsed down right when we came into camp. No waiting.
I thought the 2nd loop was a bit more challenging than the first. There was really only 1 place where it was flat and I felt I could really move Doc out. It was a short stretch along the Ohio River - beautiful, but also VERY HOT! Doc was really dragging on the way out, but then we had to turn around and head back and boy did he perk right up.. We're headed back - yeah! Just when I thought he was all out of energy, he cantered for quite a ways on his own. Little buggar!
As we were heading back, I was watching the time and wondering if I would make it back in time to complete. I thought I had to be back by 2:00 p.m. and as I watched my watch 1:45, 1:50... I didn't think I was going to make it and then 1:55 - ahhh the end was in site. We popped out of the woods and I saw the camp sites. I hopped off Doc and walked back in. We pulsed down at 1:58 - just 2 minutes after we got back in. Turns out we had until 2:15 p.m. Nothing like getting in just in time. :-)
So did I pick 2 tough rides to start LD with or what - Spook Run and Cave Country. The mud was unbelieveable. I have not seen anything lilke that mud. I love the way Michelle described it on Jacke's blog... She called the mud "bogs". Doc's easy boot gloves were incredible. The front 2 never budged an inch. One of the hind boots came off on a hill on a log. I think he just slipped and twisted it off somehow. I was able to put that one on and it stayed put the rest of the ride. The other came off in one of the boggy muddy places and I heard it come off and was able to stop and retrieve it. It was too muddy to put back on and I knew we were on the home stretch, so I just packed it away. So I lost no boots. I am impressed by these glove boots! I could see if you were serious about making time, you might want the glue ons, but I think these are going to be good enough for as serious as I want to get.
Doc was a great partner for the entire trip. Except for his extra enthusiasm for the first 20 minutes of the ride. I don't think I could have asked for him to do anything better. I even rode most of the ride in a rope halter so he could eat and drink more easily. He was drinking out of muddy hoof prints like an old pro. I think for next year, we need to work on getting more miles under our belt and picking up the pace just a wee bit so we don't cut it so close at the end. :-)
So Doc & I have our first 60 miles toward the first mileage award, right? Don't you get something for 250 miles. :-) Maybe that can be a goal for next year.
(Congratulations on another 30 miles Lida & Doc)~E.G.