Before the ride: Have plentiful fresh clean water available.
On the trail: At water stops allow your horse ample time to drink, and sponge the horse's neck with water.
At the vet checks: Loosen the girth, remove the saddle and pad, Sponge water over the arteries in the neck and the insides of the legs.
Don't put water on the muscles of the hindquarters!!! I've seen people pouring buckets of water over the large rump muscles at rides...Everything I've read on the topic says don't do it, the muscles may cramp up. I'm taking those in the know at their word and won't be testing the wrong end of that theory out.
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