One thing about winter weather and downtime, it gives a person plenty of time to think. The conclusion I've come to is Endurance isn't easy. I think it can be, with the right horse, and the right rider. But our particular horse/rider combination has taken some licks, and though we've accomplished many of our riding goals, a successful season of Limited Distance has eluded us. It seems impractical to think she can move up to 50 until she can move through an LD with one hoof tied behind her back. I want things to feel solid. You know, eating, drinking, peeing, pooping, moving freely horse. Just five little things...
I'm not entirely sure yet how to approach conditioning for this first ride. I've got feed back from a few people, and kicked some ideas around. Now we have about six weeks (instead of seven) to get toned up and moving, if the trails clear out enough that I can get out on them. Footing will be muddy, so will have to figure out somewhere that isn't a swamp to trot. Need to get out and work and see where we are at. I'll utilize her HRM and get us a baseline. Want to incorporate some work in the 140's and some brief intevals that challenge her pushing up above 160 or higher.
The electrolyte syringe was again revisted today and I had trouble getting it away from her! She likes to hold the syringe between her front teeth and slurp the stuff up. We also did stretching of hinds and forelegs, neck both sides.
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