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November 20, 2009

Mel...thanks for the Tom Ivers book info

I'm currently reading The racehorse owner's survival manual
by Tom Ivers
Published in 1989, Prober, Available from Equine Racing Systems (Fairlawn, N.J, Vevay, IN (RR3, Box 109, Vevay 47043))

Thanks Mel for the good book tip. I'm digging up some wonderful information to round out some of what I've read in endurance "how to's". I'm only a little way into the book and have four pages of notes! Phebes is still on R&R and I'm sitting around, reading, and regrouping for next year (ie. formulating some sort of improved plan as things have become static since the onset of DEER HUNTING SEASON). If you have any must read books on the topics of training the endurance athlete vs. the endurance horse, please share. ~E.G.


  1. Making plans for my horse is got to be my favorite thing in the world! Maybe it's an endurance thing?

    BTW - JB leant me a book, so another review coming up. This book is more targeted towards endurance horses and eventers and is mroe technical than the ivers book....

  2. I'll be interested in hearing the title and what you gleaned from it. What I mostly got from the Iver's book is that you can "train" those FT and FTH cells, get them to divide, and store up glycogen. The problem with this is the difference between feeding a racehorse (who sprints a few times a week) and an endurance horse is very different. There is still value in all he said, it is important. But the question is how to feed to keep up the glycogen stores without causing metabolic problems somewhere else. I've seen some mighty thin endurance horses, so thin I couldn't stand it! I've also seen some very nicely fleshed out horses. Reckon I should be talking to those people.~E.G.