So I was pretty royally bummed about standing Nicole up (I'm so sorry, even though I couldn't help it...I feel horrible). So we just had to suck it up, pull our big girl panties on and ride out here. We paced as best we could, did a lot of hill intervals, took some time to eat grass, stopped for a drink of water three times at her favorite little drinking spot and she drank really good twice. I was test riding her Abetta splint boots, and my new chaps that I'd never had on. Thought if I was using those on a ride I may as well see how they work for us. Somewhere out there, we lost one of my bottles of water. I drink copious amounts of water when I'm riding, so that left me with only the one bottle today and I had to ration it. Was dry as the desert when we got back. There were people camping on the property where I ride, and I'm grateful for having that riding privilege, so we had to alter our route today to accomodate the folks having some privacy, so I lost one of my longer stretches of flat to trot on. We went a little farther back and did our trotting on a dirt road that circles a field, we cantered parts of it once she quit boogering at her shadow, and we trotted hill, after hill, after hill. I have her HRM set to go off if her pulse exceeds 150, and we were going off on almost every hill, but she came back to a good working rate quickly, so I think we were okay. We even cantered a short way today with a pulse in the aerobic range and THAT WAS A FIRST! So some of those hill intervals are beginning to slowly pay off. I usually walk Phebes in the last 1/2 mile, but today we trotted in and cantered the last little bit since it was home and not ride camp. I was curious if this would blow her pulse, but with some sponging she was down to 55 in 5 minutes. No interest what so ever in her hay or horse chow, but when I turned her out she rolled and got stinky dirty and then cantered herself to the back field and started stuffing grass like no tomorrow. She just wants grass, period.
I have issues with trotting my horse through mud. Injury isn't worth it to me and I'm not sure at our rate we'll finish in time. It wouldn't be a total tragedy, but nor would it make my weekend particularly a "happy place" either. Our time today for ten miles was 2:15 and we did dawdle around eating grass at various times. Had the footing been better, I could definitely have kicked it up another notch.
She has been getting electrolytes and it has helped significantly with her urge to drink. Noticed today though that her droppings were a little loose, so wondering if I should split her doses? Maybe a half dose in the morning, and a half dose at the break if she drinks something? Loose stools are not good, as that would further dehydrate your horse. So my thinking is that a full dose at once may not be just right for her. She loves getting her e-lytes though. She always gets a two syringe chaser of Gatorade and let me tell you she savors every single drop!
For the rest of this week I'm not going to work her too hard. Just take her out and loosen things up and bring her back, or do a half hour of schooling. Mostly I want her to recover from today, rehydrate and relax until we leave for Henryville.
Then there is the issue with the truck. Must have brakes to pull and STOP trailer. I'm wondering if Mel's truck had a virus? Did we catch it by blogging? *wink* ~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