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
November 28, 2010
Ride Goals coming together for 2011
I'm going to follow the K.I.S.S. program for 2011. Keep *It* Simple *Stupid. It seems to work better for me that way. There are a few things I will need to get done before the ride season begins. I'll probably get her a Coggin's test this year as I'm looking at one possible ride in Ohio or Kentucky (better to be prepared). I've yet to renew my AERC membership, so I really need to get on that because I'll be missing out on the magazines which I look forward to each month. We are going to chase our 250 mile LD horse and rider chevrons (hey, one can hope), go to a ride we haven't done before, continue with multi-days, continue booting with the Gloves which work perfectly for us now. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping like mad that I will get to put some miles on the new boot prototype for wider than long hoof. It would be fun to be a part of the process and see how they work out for Phebes. We don't log a lot of competition miles but we do ride a lot of miles overall (a thousand her first year, and five hundred something this year). She does have atypical hooves as boots go, though not so extreme as some I've seen on Easycare's Facebook page! If that doesn't work out, our current size Gloves are going on fine, and staying on so I think the majority of booting issues are behind us. Prior to all this I'm wanting to do a horsemanship clinic and have myself on an email list so I know when upcoming clinics are happening. I'd really prefer to NOT do it in the frigid months of December or January. Right now I'm doing one short pleasure ride a week. I think winter is a good time to heal any little issues that may have crept in from the summer and fall miles. I don't see us hitting the trail seriously until February or March. I'm still kicking around the idea of a Eurolight saddle, but that will depend on the economy, jobs, and many other things. I continue to be unimpressed with riding an english style seat. I try, and then I just don't like the feel. My body feels top heavy, I have to ride with a shorter stirrup to get back onto my seat bones, which does not make for happy arthritic knees. I throw my Crestridge on the horse, and all is well (except the weight of the saddle itself). On the whole I feel like we have a compass now, and a direction in which to point ourselves for 2011 which is good. The trailer has been winterized, if only I were. ~E.G.