We picked up Nicole and Arabee at a little after 8:00 in the morning. Nicole's farm house is lovely and little kids don't come any prettier than her's. Couldn't believe how much Cora has grown since I last saw her. That child has a mile wide smile :)
We got to Clark's day parking area and got first pick on a parking spot. I was armed with a map, and verbal directions given to me by David Monroe (thanks David you saved the day, your really did). Map in hand I promptly made a wrong turn when the trail came to a "Y", quickly figured it out when we came to a paved road and a cemetary that I had never seen before. I told Nicole we were going to have to back track and figure out where I'd gone wrong. Little does Nicole know that I'm seriously directionally challenged, and I'm running scenerios through my head...considering how horse steaks taste if it all goes dreadfully wrong and we wander aimlessly until the next snow! We backtracked about a mile, and found the Y and corrected the turn and we were good to go from that point on. I was very relieved to see those giant rocks on the hill to confirm to me that we were on the right trail.
The girls did great together. Phebes stride is a little longer than Arabees so I led for awhile, but then thought it would be good for Phebes to follow, just because...she tried to bit Arabee on the butt, but I stopped that, then all was well other than occasional mare ears from my girl. Arabee is a delightfully sweet in your pocket kind of arabian. Before we knew it we'd found Flatrock road and were headed back to the day parking. Phebes was at pulse criteria (58), I grabbed the hand held and check Arabee and she was already down to (50)! The girls shared some hay, and neither one would drink from the water bucket. Arabee drank pretty well on the trail today, and Phebes who has been drinking water all winter refused water on this very warm sunny day. She took maybe a couple swallows out there. I'd given her a 1/4 dose of e-lytes (Johnna that is my vernacular for electrolytes it types quicker) in gatoraid pre-ride. Next time I'll give a 1/2 dose and see if it will stimulate her urge for water a little better.
Next week we will shoot for 15 miles.
It was a beautiful place to ride, and Nicole is good company to keep, so just an all around WONDERFUL spring day. ~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