She has done 20 miles in the past two days, so even though the sun is shining and it is a PERFECT spring day I decided to let her have the day off. If I get off work early enough tomorrow I will probably spend an hour either schooling, or go work hill intervals. It is hard for me to decide at this point, but I'm kind of leaning towards cardio since the course we are going to is NOTHING BUT HUGE UPS & DOWNS.
Another thing that is on my mind is Nicole and I rode a fair pace on that section of trail, trotting some pretty big hills and based on our overall time we were averageing under 5 mph when you factored in the downhills and the attempts to get these mares to drink. I'm just not at the point that I feel good about passing up any opportunity for my horse to drink, even if it is 100 yards down the trail (because I'm trying to teach her as well as condition her). Based on our average pace we would not have completed the 30 based on my calculations because the second half would have been slower with fairly tired horses. I went to the AERC site and tried to find finishing times for this Friday ride in the past, but they were 25 mile, not 30. I guess I get out the calculator and do some averages to see what speed those finishing horses are going. (Mel thinks she overthinks things...I say HA! Welcome to my world, the obsessive thinker).
Am I better to do canter intervals on the flat or on the hills? Or should I do short hand gallops on the flat, and trot the hill transitions these next two weeks. If we are to finish I darned well MUST be able to trot some very long long LONG hills. We still walk all of our downhills and probably always will.
Off topic, but who ever heard of a horse that does not enjoy being groomed? My moody mare doesn't....~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