Michelle and Stormy led the way today for a training ride on the road. Phebes on the whole did much better than I could have anticipated. In all we covered nine miles on the highway, gravel, and blacktop roads. The drivers that we did encounter were very courteous for the most part. One car got kind of close once, but they were going slow enough that it was alright. We did a little cantering, some of it fast, but I mostly just wanted her to go slow, take in the sights, and know that the road and all the odd things along the way are okay. The thing she was most bothered by was culvert pipes along the road, but with Stormy leading Phebes didn't get too worked up. That's the good :)
The not so good. She refused to drink all day, until we got home. Then she tanked up big time. She also refused to touch her hay bag. So --- no eating, no drinking. But she had the peeing, pooping, and tail in the air part going on.
Tried out the little on sale halter bridle with bit hangers that I'd purchased from Running Bear on sale and love it. So easy to just drop off the hack now and have the halter still on her head. A little part of me wants three of them now....in bright and shiny colors, but the black actually matches her coat better than the colors, so I'm happy.
We booted all the way around since we were going to move out once in a while on blacktop and gravel. She didn't have any rubs, her boots stayed put, and I felt secure enough canter some on the gravel road. No slipping or sliding in her Easyboot Gloves. I got to see Renegades up close and personal today. Stormy had pretty red ones.
I got to meet all of Michelle's horses. Her new gelding is nice....wish I'd have found him first! Really like him. It was fun day for me and I appreciated Michelle's willingness to go our speed which is not very fast.
And a big WOO HOO for my Phebe's as she broke the 1000 mile barrier today on our ride. That's a lot of training miles for my little knot head. But it is beginning to show in a good way.
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