Chose a hill that was about .33 miles, we powered up it at her big working trot. She wanted to break gait (that old bugaboo creeping out) but I corrected her and put her back into the trot every time it happened. She was working good based on the huffing and puffing. Soon as we get to the top, I'd turn her around and walk back down and we'd power up again. The terrain is kind of half crusty frozen so traction wasn't too bad. It will be worse when it actually thaws out. The entire session was five miles of up and down, with intermittent flats. We are still moving slow averaging about 4.5 mph though she'd like to gallop the whole thing if she had her way. I'm itching to do a long slow ride if the weather cooperates this weekend. A little sore from my hike yesterday, but not nearly as bad as I expected. I feel gratified that I'm getting exercise even if it is at Granny speed :) It is still pretty cold, but the sun was out and the wind was tolerable.
Phebes is dropping weight, so she will have the next three days off to put down some groceries before the next long ride. We sure struggle with weight, I can't get rid of mine, and can't keep her's on. If I don't ride at all she fills right out, but as soon as we get up to three times a week the weight just drops off. She eats a lot, she's wormed regularly, her teeth were floated less than a year ago and no feed dropping, I think she needs a third feeding perhaps, but not sure how I can work that in on my current schedule. I'm also supplementing fats. So R&R for Tues, Wed, Thurs, and some performance feed are on the menu for this evening. ~ 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