I've determined that I'm not quite ready for a "jog", we had to settle for powering walking, otherwise I couldn't keep up, and I couldn't breathe! Not good... So I handwalked her (in temps at 27 degrees) for 4.75 miles out. Then rode her back like before. She wanted to do a little jigging coming back but finally settled into an animated walk. The roads I have available to me aren't the greatest for solo training an excitable horse. Wide, blacktop, and just a little more fast traffic than I'm comfortable with. I want slow vehicles, as she is still acting pretty reactive. Doug met me on the way back, he had the walkie talkie in the car, and I had one in my pocket. He probably saved my bacon as I'd have met a fast moving truck on that bridge with no place to get over and no time to get off. It turned out pretty hairy as it was. With his warning I managed to get off and get a good hold on her reins before the truck popped up on the bridge. We did have some dog issues. 3 mutts, a Gernman Shepherd that would have loved to get ahold me as he was growling and slinking a circle around us, then two boxers and another mutt (those were fenced in so it was okay).
I'm going to have to go back out and visit Michelle, and let Phebes move down the road some more with a calm experienced horse. Or find a less traffic loaded road to travel on for awhile. All said and done we had nine and a half miles on the road, and I bet I'll be crippled with muscle aches tomorrow between the power walking, Fibromyalgia, and the COLD. But that is okay, we got it done. That is the main thing. A hot soak in the tub will help. I hope. ~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