Seems like an easy enough task right? Not so much! I started with a series of roads that I remembered from my childhood which made a big rectangle of maybe five miles. Still pretty low traffic though more houses than way back in the dinosaur era...black top now except for one mile of very flat area, and no optimal location to pull off the horse trailer.
We have a gravel road that we cross when riding trails at the park so we drove over there and set the odometer and drove it. I can milk two miles out of that road and then when I turn around and come back four, and if I ride it twice doing intervals as this is the plan, I'd get eight miles. The pull off is on state park property so that may be the only problem with that one. Maybe if I call up the park manager and say I'm not riding on the park, but would it be alright if I park here? In most instances Doug would be in the parked truck so the worst result would be if someone came by and said move it I guess. I have a couple more spots to check out, and then we are going to start the training process for next year with different goals in mind.
*A better comfort level for Phebes on the road without the company of another horse.
*Work out our cantering bugaboo. She will canter on the trail but absolutely refuses to canter in an enclosed space. So once she is trotting consistently on the road we will work on opening up to the canter on one of the very flat straight stretches and see how that goes. I'd like to get her up to 1/4 mile sprinting, and eventually inch it up...up...up. Not because I plan to go fast next LD, but because I want all the gears working for "someday." If I can't do it myself, I may enlist the aid of a weekend clinic somewhere.
*Maintain a reasonable level of fitness for the winter so we can be ready again come spring.
*Beg, and plead for anyone who might want to...to ride at Henryville a few times as we close in on Spring again. I'd like to get some trotting in on those killer hills.
Phebes has been off about long enough. Have family obligations this week with Thanksgiving. Then back at it and onward into cold weather. ~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