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
February 20, 2010
Moving from LD to Endurance?
Moving from LD to Endurance
Since my hoped for goal this year God willing…is to finish the year with either a multi-day or shoot for our first Endurance Ride I’ve been really feeling the pressure of the ongoing snow and very poor trail conditions. In fact, my trailer is mired down in about eighteen inches of snow. Phebes and I are getting a little work in, but nothing that would inspire me to feel prepared for the upcoming Chicken Chase. My hope was to repeat the ill-fated Chicken Chase and finally slay that dragon once and for all. In my search for how to get her ready I've been digging around on the internet for conditioning programs with your first 50 mile (or first multi-day) in mind. The one I liked was pretty straightforward, and certainly less miles than I’m used to doing in preparation for an LD. This program I think Phebes could do and maintain her weight. Feedback on this as an easy useable plan would be appreciated from those who are experienced.
Do flat work at 5-6 mph. Just stretch out your distance a little more each day you ride. Ride an hour a day.
Weeks 5-8: (three conditioning rides per week)
You have one hill training session each week.
Twice weekly sessions of moderate trotting at speeds of 6-8 mph. Stretch the distance a little each session.
*Your horse should be able to handle a 12 mile trail in 3 hours prior to entering an LD.*
At this point you do a SLOW LD. Take the whole six hours if needed, it is just more training.
Once the horse can easily complete a 25 mile ride, is eating, drinking, pooping and peeing, and will pulse down quickly without any metabolic issues, you can work towards moving up to an endurance ride.
Moving up to Endurance (or multi-day)
Weeks 9-12 (three conditioning rides each week)
One weekly session of hill work pushing pulse up to 200-220 maximum with two repetitions. A nice long gradual hill that you could trot and canter up would be great. Be sure your horse has pulsed down to 80 before you attempt a second set.
The other two workouts consist of easy trotting about 6-7 miles at 7-9 mph. These are at least an hour long session at a good working trot.
That is pretty much it! Here is the link to the information as written at Old Dominion Rides .