I finally was able to get in touch with Evelyn (aka: The tights lady). We had an initial problem coordinating our time zones as I was in bed by the time she got home from work. So last night I stayed up a couple hours later than the norm and called her to get my 2011 tights made. It will be a few weeks before these come in.
The persisting snow is putting the "K bash" on my lessons/clinic thing. The folks I'm going with do not have an indoor arena, so I keep waiting for the snow pack to clear, and it has not done so yet. So I may just have to shoot for a clinic to focus on a couple of things that are important to me, and schedule my actual lessons for the summer months that I do not intend any LD's in July and August. I do know that Phebes winter hiatus needs to end in a hurry as she is way to full of herself. It takes about a half hour of longing to get her head into the right gear. I want to have her acting like a mannerly mare before the clinic to avoid wasting time on non-issues vs. what I want to gain out of it. I hope to put the full focus on gait transitions (happy, no pinned ears, no cranking head pissy mare stuff). Usually I can get the curve of something fairly quickly as riding goes once I understand how to do it correctly. I was able to work out my entire unbalanced trotting thing in one lesson, and it totally liberated me in our work from that period forward. In this case it is a little more a horse issue than a me issue. I can ride the canter fine when she is acting nice, but if she starts being a crab, dropping her head and shoulder, I lose confidence. She has my number. So that will be the big issue to work on. Clinic first, then I can back it up with some lessons as time allows. I may have to call in a couple of friends for some ring-side advice on my technique (oh Lida..............! Nicole ? ).
Today LSEGH and I are enjoying the fruits of labors with lunch at The Olive Garden. nommm nommm nommmm! ~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