I've checked and re-checked her back and no new bumps presented after her twenty mile ride this weekend. The two original bumps remain, but are not sensitve to touch.
Some post-ride issues have arisen since our weekend long ride. She is moving sound, but there is some puffiness and filling between the tendons of her hind legs (I must have been psychic buying gel packs ...in a bad way). I'm unclear if it is related to our long hilly ride this weekend, or if the flies that have just now erupted with a vengence have been chewing on her legs and caused the little thumb nail sized round puffy circles between the tendons above the pastern joint? I cold hosed her legs last night, and then put gel packs on over socks, and vet wrapped them in place. They looked really nice and secure...except she took her teeth and ripped them off the little turd! One of the gel packs was destroyed in the process :( So Doug rubbed her hinds down really good with olive oil/ arnica poltice and she looked 50% better this morning. I'm not going to ride between now and Thursday, and then I'll have to make a judgment call on should I go to TOR? Or should we wait ....AGAIN. I was feeling very guilty at first over this, but in truth she is six years old, has over a thousand long slow distance miles, and she needed to learn to canter sometime in her life. Our average speed overall for the long ride was 5.5 mph. We did canter the flats which are very short, we trotted the hills (which we always do) and walked the downhills so I don't feel that I rode her past her ability, and her pulse down attests to not being over ridden. But none-the-less we have puffiness. I'm going to check her again tonight, cold hose her again, reapply arnica poltice, and cross my fingers for bumps to be gone by tomorrow. ~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