Mel was right. Dead right. I wish she was wrong. But she isn't. I rode the new pad, which was just a thicker version of what I had. My thinking was that my weight was causing the bumps. Uh-uh. After a ride over ten miles I usually go out and get her after a couple of hours, feel her legs for heat, look for puffiness, check her withers and back, look for rubs and all that. Her back was a mess. Where she had two nickle sized bumps before, she now has over a dozen after ONE MODERATE RIDE. So the extra thickness made even more heat build I guess. The bumps look more involved with the skin now rather than the deeper tissue of the muscle. Doug and I were trying to sort out why now, when all along I've ridden this pad with a lot of success. The answer is that I've always rode this pad in cool temperatures. She tyed up last spring, so when I finally went back to riding I was starting over and she wasn't having it on long enough to create an issue. By the time we got up to any mileage at all it was fall, and winter again. So heat wasn't the issue it is today.
Having just purchased the new Crestridge pad I'm just not able to get a new pad between now and T.O.R. So I dragged (and I mean it would have been amusing to an observer) myself up into the nose of the horse trailer to find Puddin's Skito pad. It has the cool back lining. I also have a new Skito that is cut for an English saddle that would be a fairly easy fix to modify the shape if older works. The new pad is a wool back and has the inserts which are open cell and should let some heat escape. As a last resort I have a barrel racing pad that I can give a whirl that is stuffed with felt.
These bumps don't seem to get any kind of a reaction from her. If I can reduce the heat will they go away? How long will it take?
*totally gnashing teeth, whining and carrying on...only two weeks until TOR*
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- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
- HOW TO CMO
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- 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