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
April 1, 2010
Moving from 25 miles up to 50
Some of my visitors here regularly participate in 50 mile rides. Wondering if you would share the difference in how you ride a 50 in comparison to an LD. Do you pace your ride slower? Faster? Do you trot more? Canter less? Do horse and rider hit a physical wall at some point? What then? I'm so weary "trying" to master the LD that my mind wants to think and plan on other bigger things.
A typical TOP TEN ride time at Clark for 50 miles is around 4:15-5:00 (hours:minutes) that is cranking along at an average of about 10 mph. Of course a rider has 12 hours to complete. Is it harder for the horse to be on the trail for 12 hours than it is to just get the job done?
If a person uses 25 mile LD's to ready their horse for a 50 mile E. how many 25's until the horse is "READY"? A few? A season? Depends on the horse?
It has also been suggested to me that a horse that does not take care of itself on an LD will (in theory) quickly learn when riding Endurance out of necessity. Truth? Fiction?
OKAY: WHINEY SECTION *you may want to stick your fingers in your ears and make the WAH WA WA WAH WA! Sound...but venting makes me "feel" better.
Quite some time ago I came to the conclusion that a large part of mine and Phebe's angst derives from just two very important things:
*Horse training issues (Rating, emotion, fear of strangers and environments with much activity).
*Rider issues ( Balance, fear of injury to self, fear of injury to horse).
My current working goals:
#1 Get back the easy trot that I can actually post rather than two-point. Worked on that for a long time with her on Tuesday and could only get the balanced trot moving AWAY from home....towards home she'd fall apart. When she falls apart I get unbalanced as she's not trotting, and not cantering, but somewhere in the middle of a transition that is UGLY and then I start needing a finger on "something" to stay balanced which is aggravating to me.
#2 Start working at the canter (control, steering, rate) up in the fenced training area rather than on the trail. On trail the canter gets faster....faster....faster....FASTER (see where this is going?). I can torque her back down to a stop easily, but she acts like she's on an adrenaline high as speed takes over. I'm not really looking for speed, just an easy relaxed canter that can be a different gear when the trotting muscles could use a short break.
#3 Building cardio without risking horse injury. I've read that cantering hills is easier on the horse than trotting them, but not sure of the truth of that. Have also read that it is good for anaerobic training of the muscle cells as long as you have active rest following the work? But on an actual ride wouldn't you just tire out your horse by cantering hills? If I train hills at the canter, will she think she has to tackle every incline with speed? You see I have a lot of questions on this issue. I don't necessarily want a FAST horse, as much as I want a solid, steady, fit for the job horse. As a rider I enjoy the canter much MORE than the extended trot. But her heart rates go straight up, so she's not working effeciently. OH THE STICKY WICKET! Perhaps working at cantering exercises off trail will help her build into this in a more relaxed mind set than tearing down the trail like a bear is on her tail. She also won't have room to work up a head of steam before we get to a fence line.
#4 I haven't figured it out yet! But quite sure there SHOULD be a #4. *LOL* Just fill in the _______________.
Now the old lady (me) must get ready for the twelve hour work day. Hope you all have a wonderful spring day and get some saddle time. ~E.G.