I have been carrying hay with me on rides longer than ten miles for some time now. Sometimes she will eat it, and sometimes she won't. She prefers alfalfa but there is that high protein/calcium thing to consider, so I allow her a little, but not a lot. In my own blog lurking of more experienced riders I picked up the thought of carrying a zipbag of whole feed along to let her nibble at water stops and such. I'll have to experiment with this "out there" before I give it a whirl on a troqued up ride situation. Since our regular feed is high fat, and high fat isn't recommended on ride day, I guess a performance feed with a lower fat ratio would be okay as long as the NSC's aren't too high. I want her fueled, not on a sugar high.
If you are in my little corner of the world I'm in the market for a soft grass hay with a low % of alfalfa (no more than 5-10 %) for our travels this spring and fall. Ten lowly bales would probably get us by, but I want really GOOD quality, clean, horse hay. Phebes seems to like timothy so that would be okay too with a few bales of alfalfa on the side to just mix in half a flake or something.
Our LSD (low heart rate training) thing worked out so well last fall that it will be the way we will be going again this year. Just puttering along down the trail at our whopping 5 mph (on a fast day). If it isn't broke, don't fix it.
I am starting to get the itch. Two months of not riding just seems unbelievable to me. I've never not ridden all winter long before. I just thought Phebes deserved a break from it, and time to be a horse. It has done her good physically, she is back to being my chubby monkey. Mentally? Probably not so good as she tends to think that she is having a permanent vacation and has "little rebellions." But we will get through it.
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