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
May 29, 2010
Unraveling my miserable fail...
(-) Choosing to start at the front again. (kind of seriously stupid though I thought I had logic working for me...because getting a pocket to ourselves near the front worked previously)
(no....really stupid) *ding ding ding*! (I WILL START IN THE BACK FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON) *ding ding ding* (yes I'm slow ladies, but pour enough water on me and I eventually get wet enough to grab an umbrella or a wet suit).
(-) Missing the trail ribbon for the first turn (kind of stupid) (missing the next ribbon (super stupid)
(just start slow ninny head and get your bearings)*ding ding ding*!
Any experienced riders out there care to share what ribbon placement means when the ribbon is here, there, or elsewhere because I'm seriously missing something in the equation???
(+) I felt wonderfully balanced riding, no tipping forward, and comfortable at all three gaits. Compared to last year this is a stellar improvement.
(+) Saddle pad was working great, the skito is going to do it. No bumps.
(+) Boot fitting. I vet wrapped her front hooves and the boots just fit better overall. My guess is she's between sizes, the vet wrap made her hooves tackier, and the boots performed better. No rubs, I put monkey butt on the insides of her gaiters, and also did not fasten the gaiter as snugly, so that went well.
Rider score 3/5 = 60 %
In the horse column:
(+) Relaxed in camp (previous rides not so good).
(+)Eating well in camp ( previous rides not so good).
(+)Drinking on the first loop (even though we were going the wrong direction Phebes didn't know that) she drank twice out of the creeks after about 7 miles which for her is a MAJOR IMPROVEMENT.
(+) Excellent behavior at the pre-ride vet check for the first time.
(-) Rushing on the trail, using herself up trying to catch the horse up ahead.
Horse score 4/5= 80%
Who was the real problem here?
Hmmmmmmmmmmm.....Looks like Phebes has only one area of improvement to work on (which is actually a training issue that comes back on me the trainer). Some more lessons will be in our future. Since I can get control of her when we are alone, maybe a few group lessons somewhere working the walk, trot, and canter would be prudent.
Pickles are back in the fridge until Maumee.
Between now and then I'm going to continue training as we have the past couple of weeks. Shorter rides, but at a good trotting pace, a little hill work, short controlled canters as our balance is improving.
I met a lady at the ride who I'm going to contact and try to pick her brain, she has 12,810 AERC miles, so she's got to be doing something right. She was real friendly, and seems to have a genuine heart for her horses. It doesn't hurt to ask her some questions, huh?