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
September 7, 2010
I've really been thinking about Phebe's unwillingness to eat on our breaks at training rides. She never was a "good" eater, but always had interest in her hay which the past few rides she has not. Of course I surf RIDECAMP, and have been reading the topic concerning electrolytes with interest. I think that I'm giving her an upset stomach with the recommended dosage of Endura-Max. I'm also thinking that maybe in this case, less is more. Dyna-Spark was interesting....much lower in everything than Endura-Max but it seems a number of riders out there like the product. Doug researched it a little and should be quite easy to make a homemade version based on a veterinarian approved recipe in the blackstrap molasses base. Just to see if she'd find the blackstrap palatable I sucked some up in a dosing syringe and took it out to her stall. At first she smelled it and started flipping her head, NO NO NO! YOU CAN'T MAKE ME!!! Me being me ...she gets to taste it anyway. Phebes makes an incredibly funny face with her lips, then she wants to grab the syringe with her teeth. She in fact thought it to be pretty yummy when all is said and done. Doug crunched the numbers on this and that and we will be able to mix up our own very, very close to the serving size / dosage. We just need to pick up some lite salt, we have everything else on hand. The dose for this is actually about a fifth of the dose she takes now. We'll see if her appetite remains intact, and if less is in fact more to her overall good. After this past weekend I wonder if I should just hold my nose and have some of her's. I'm almost back to normal (three days later). ~E.G.