...not in the endurance news, or any of the blogs I visit. It seems natural that when you stretch a horse's distance you are going to have some muscle soreness, and even some post-ride stiffness. So how do you avoid having your horse's muscles stiffen up after a ride. Though Phebes came through this ride okay, I'm sure she was muscle sore and stiff post ride (next day, day after that). Is this the point of a week of rest post ride? To just let everything heal, repair, and get back to normal? Since Phebes can't talk, I've based this on her behavior (grumpiness, head twirling, and checkng where the horse trailer is daily). Also I base it on HOW BAD I FELT when she did 99% of the work.
How do you address your horse's post ride needs, especially novice horses?
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