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
February 15, 2011
I think I love my newbie-ness ☺
It's funny sometimes how folks on the internet can sure get their panties in a twist. Especially if you are new to a discipline, and even more so if you are so excited that you might think that change is good! It's not all bad though, as the "real" people at "real" endurance rides have a way of getting into your blood. Last year it comes to mind when Velvet, a total stranger from another region threw her expensive saddle on my horse and said "go take it for a ride." That is the fun of riding Limited Distance/Endurance rides. People can be so open, and helpful. You wouldn't know it from my blog, but I'm a highly introverted person. Shy in social settings which makes friend making and fitting in at rides difficult. I'm always so thrilled when someone says hello, or asks me about my horse, or offers suggestions on a better or an easier way. It is funny that people don't know me at rides yet, but if they spot my horse trailer...suddenly they KNOW me. " You're Endurance Granny" they say and I have to smile really REALLY big. Yes, I am. I love my newbie-ness, the mystery of the trail, the level of horsemanship required for this sport, the fact that it is a big learning curve, and that sometimes it is just dumb luck that gets a newbie through the day. I think sometimes of attempting the longer distances. Someday I'll give moving up a shot. But right now I'm happy with right where we are, and the direction we are going. Phebes I hope is my "life" horse. I want us to continue growing together, warts and all, pushing our limits without breaking anything, or anyone hopefully! I've been in total horse BLISS the past few days, and came to the conclusion today that I ride a very smart horse. She is sensitive and has a lot of try, among other attributes. Phebes is the horse that I've made her, including those warts. I'm trying to remember this year that she has been trained by a newbie. Her shortfalls actually belong to me, as do her good qualities. I'm looking forward to Saturday for a half day of intensive work, and a helpful lesson plan to keep us focused until the next one. Spring right around the corner...is looking good, can't wait to start back on the long miles. ~E.G.