It is hard to contain myself! We worked on our own property this evening. It is more convenient, and I can get into a rhythm of momentum. A very short trot along the logging road (literally a few hundred feet), canter up an equally (shorter) hill, crest that hill onto a longer more gradual hill (which is a mowed grass path, back to a walk into the woods, shimmy down a short hill, trot the bottom, up a steep little hill, back to the walk for single track through the woods, then back down to where we started. All said, probably not a half mile, but we repeat it multiple times until an hour is up, then climb the hill out of the woods, and canter the neighbor's field which is a gradual uphill grade. She was sweated up pretty good but never any kind of excessive speed. Just looking for calm & controlled and I was getting it! On the long uphills she was lowering her head and stretching out her neck, lifting her back, and making happy horse noises. She seemed very relaxed out there compared to the neighbor's property where "stuff" tends to happen.
Lida over the weekend offered Phebes a few soaked alfalfa cubes. She went at them like it was the best thing she ever had. She is very sensitive to the high protein of alfalfa so I feed her such good stuff very sparingly since her tye-up episode. But after seeing her interest in diving into those it got my mind to thinking....how can I use that to our advantage. So while we were working this evening LSEGH took about six of the cubes, soaked them good and wet in her favorite black pan. When we got back he added beet pulp, a can of her performance feed, and more water to make a nice very wet mash. You couldn't have beat Phebes off that feed pan with a 2X4! We will be doing this on training rides at the break. I'm also going to see if she likes the taste of alfalfa in her drinking water. Maybe one or two of the cubes to soak in her bucket and turn into "tea" while we are out. Should not be enough protein to hurt anything, should also slightly help balance any calcium losses through sweating. The only bad thing that happened tonight was we rode too close to a patch of burr's I'll be picking those out for a month...~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