...I'll keep you posted as things become more clear.
In the meantime we did do trotting intervals uphill tonight for about an hour, then finished up our ride just easy, slogging through mud most of the way home. Short, but a good workout for my girl who I was sure was lame going out today. But I discovered if she was pointed towards home she was smooth, and if pointed away she was just moving weird. So can you have a directionally "lame" horse? She wasn't head bobbing or anything like, just felt different and I couldn't determine where it was stemming from. All the way home she was fine at all three gaits, trotted up the road like a trooper barefoot on packed gravel...trotted out fine post ride. Total distance was 7.5 and we weren't in any big hurry, just trotted where the footing allowed us to safely. We jumped up a turkey, a white tail deer, and a raccoon. Phebes actually looked up at it in the pine tree! ~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