Lida has a truck problem today and had to cancel. She is going to try and get her issues resolved and find someplace to get her ride in closer to home. I sure missed getting to see them, but there is always plan "B". Phebes hasn't hit a lick in over three weeks so we rode here for a couple of hours. Mostly walk, some trotting, and some short easy canters. I was glad that I chose to call it a day at eight miles because it took her six and half minutes to pulse down. Phebes is definitely NOT a hot weather horse. I did give her pre-ride electroltyes and she drank well after six miles. She even drank out of her water bucket which is a first, good Phebes!
We have about thirteen weeks before our next planned ride. We will take it easy, bump our distance back up gradually. I'm going to put a lot more focus on her behavior and less so on distance / time goals. I'd rather have her going down the trail right and build a better partnership, then keep fighting her on the rides. Our camp site is reserved for Cave Country Canter.
Today was the first time I tried out my used to be brown merino wool stirrup leather covers which are now a lovely black. I liked them a lot and will try a ride soon wearing shorts and tennis shoes and see how it goes. ~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