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
March 13, 2010
Holding Condition ...what's it take?
Okay. I've been over on Mel's blog at Boots & Saddles and had a "light bulb" (in very dark closet) moment concerning a horse that has peaked to condition. How long will they hold condition? How much time must pass before they lose ALL OF IT? And what does it take to maintain fitness once fitness is in place? After a winter lay off do I need to "re-invent" the wheel so to speak with a 12 week program of riding like I started out with? Every year?
This is probably the most important and possibly liberating question I've ever proposed here. If anyone is kind enough to share their thoughts on this, I would be so appreciative.
I feel like perhaps I'm on the cusp of an epiphany of monumental proportions.
If a competition (in my case 25-30 miles) counts as conditioning, at what point can I back off of the repeated LSD miles? We've had over a thousand of those now, when can I say my horse has her foundation base, and just get on with maintaining it instead of trying to build it?
I know what I'd like my training to look like this point, but don't know if what I propose to do moving forward is adequate preparation to maintain fitness, without the hammering down the trail over and over and over again.
(Mel I didn't want to clutter up your blog with current wild mental ravings).