We went out for more snow riding. I only made it a half mile out and she took a couple really lame steps on her left front. Then one on her right. I dismounted and turned her around and hand walked her and it was okay. I got back on and rode her at the walk on a flat section and she was okay, and then suddenly dropped her head on the left. I radio'd Doug that we were going to come back home. The rest of the way back she was fine, and I trotted her some up the road and she showed no evidence of lameness there and she was barefoot on black top. So I think it is the melting situation...she not only sinks into the snow, but sinks into the mud way deep, and it was too much. Definitely NOT WORTH IT. I went ahead and untacked her, and Doug checked her legs and she seemed fine, not sensitive to pressure on her tendons or anything. So she's getting today off and if all is well ...maybe tomorrow after work I can boot her and do a little road work (which is what I should have done today).
Used the HRM on her today. Pre-ride pulse was 38, as we progressed up the driveway 78, and when she saw the road 92 bpm. Just looking at the road jumped her pulse up. Every time we go down the road she has some sort of minor melt down. Today she tried a spin back which would have taken her AWAY from home because something in the woods was going to eat her. NOT! The road continues to be a source of angst for me, as I so badly need to conquer it. It would open up a huge conditioning opportunity for me. If things ever thaw I'll need to beg Michelle for another session with her.
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