We were slow as molasses yesterday (maybe slower) on our very hot and humid ride at Versailles State Park. Lida and Doc joined us and it was really nice to see them both. Phebes actually likes Doc and there weren't any horse antics, though Phebes did attempt to bite Lida twice (and I thwarted that)! The heat was incredible. The heat index was above a hundred degrees with the humidity factored in. We let the horses set the pace and for the most part they wanted to walk. Even so we made a few stops to let respiration and heart rates stay in the aerobic phase. A lot went right with our ride. Phebes was quiet, she accepted her electrolytes, she drank out of a water bottle, and when all was done she pulsed down to 50 bpm very quickly. Doc was his fantastic self. Lida brought a hose and spray nozzle and talk about a horse being happy??? Phebes just stood there loving the cold hose down from nose to tail. So in the check column.
Peeing & Pooping
Took her e-lytes
In the not so good category.
Ummmm....don't try to bite our riding buddies.
A little bit of "drag fanny" and not wanting to pass Doc.
She didn't want to eat.
It was a good ride. Next time 15 miles..... ~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