We've had quite a bit of snowfall already this season and with the depth of the snow cover I am hesitant to ride her where I can't see what she is stepping into. After Cree's near disaster injury riding in similar circumstances I want to see where those hooves are stepping. I do have a short course on our own property that I feel some confidence in, and we will be starting in there after the Christmas holiday. I've also made contact with a trainer/ clinic giver who I plan to have out for an evaluation so we set a plan for lessons after the New Year. Much is contingent on road and arena conditions since it is all outdoors. I may have to rent an indoor arena. All of that will be dependent on my job sercurity as there are rumblings of another wave of lay-offs within our organization. Of the three women in our office, my tenure has been the shortest so I am the most likely to meet with employment decapitation. Actually my entire ride year in 2011 will be very much attached to this one thing. So we will see!
My last unplanned dismount back in September??? injured my left ring finger. The reins caught on my finger as I fell because I was trying to hold on to her. She abruptly jerked them loose and my finger took the full force at the joint. I was able to use it, but the finger is distorted, bowed, and crooked. I thought as it healed that it would be better, but it has not. The medical opinion is that I broke it, and in order to fix it they will have to re-break it and splint it, and I'll have to heal all over again. I'm not wanting to do this as my job at work is 90% use of the computer which I can't do splinted, which is why I didn't go to the doctor when I did it in the first place. Getting it fixed will also make me more of a target for layoff if I'm off for any period of time, or non-functional on the job, so I really hesitate to do it. I'm also three months down the road from the injury and still don't have full function and the use of the finger can be painful if there is any kind of pressure on the joint. :(
So! We are bogged down. When we start I'm starting from the ground for a week prior to going back under saddle. I've set some target dates for my attempts at the mileage patches. If we meet our goals we may again shift gears towards some cross training for the months of July, August, and September. But as before, all is contingent on still being employed.
LSEGH is bringing in a load of hay by truck today. Need to get out of my jammies and into some thermal gear. ~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