I have emailed several local farms that give lessons. Our goals are pretty simple really. I'd hoped to work on collection, gait transitions, softening, and bending, as well as traveling on a loose rein in all these processes. Maybe not so simple when looked at individually. So far I've had no response from the trainer/ lesson-givers that I've contacted. This is an extremely busy time of year for most of these places due to the flux of 4-H activities going on in the summer months. So there is the potential that I may not be able to get Phebes and myself in for schooling until the kids go back to school in the Fall (which is when I'd hoped to try another LD). I'm usually a do-it-your-selfer type, but it is pretty clear that I need some guidance to take my horsemanship to a higher level. Once I am clear on the how-to, then I'll be able to translate that into working with my horse. For the moment we are at a stand still. So today we will drive out to Leading Way Farm and see if they have something to offer or not.
The Maumee AERC ride is this weekend. I'm glad for my decision not to go. Temperatures will be in the low 90's with humidty between 50 and 80%, which will make for a very bad ride situation for the horses on Saturday (the day I was going to ride). I wish them all well, and a safe ride.
I'm still trying to get the wind back in my sails from my misadventure. Find myself fatigued, and moving like a slug for the past week. I do not bounce back like I did in my twenties and thirties.
Big Cree managed to rip out part of the stitches from his surgery to remove a tumor. We are left now with a huge gaping hole, so far no discharge, and the flesh is trying to granulate and fill in. Swat is keeping the flies away, and we are cold hosing once a day to flush out any "stuff" that might get into the wound. This will take a while to heal...a very BIG hole. So the Biggin is side-lined as well.
So stand-still it is for the moment...but I'm missing my saddle time. ~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