It amazes me the differences among feeding programs for horses riding distance. Especially when I know that if I fed Phebes along the lines of some, she'd be a walking skeletal rack of bones. She'd clearly emaciate. On a work day she's going to get 6 pounds of concentrated feed (mostly a low protein, high fat feed), a fat supplement, Magnesium, Vitamin E, Raspberry leaf (for PMS), a multivitamin supplement, minerals in and outside of her stall, all the hay her little mouth can stuff, and now electrolytes. I have to minimize my riding right now to three times a week or she dumps too much weight.
Then I hear of many riders who's horses eat only hay. I scratch my head in amazement that their horse can perform at this level without wasting away into nothingness....I guess mine is a "hot house flower." Perhaps I am OCD on the issue of her weight. I want to see the muscle jiggle. Jiggle on me is bad, jiggle on my horse is good. A woman obsessed.
Off to the mines. ~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