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 19, 2011
It went well today...
But as the time and methods progressed she got softer.
In the beginning the trainer was doubtful of using the hackamore for this process. It was a little sticky at first because she didn't get what we were asking. Once she figured it out we did okay in the soft hack. A bit likely would have been quicker to find the result, but she's never been bitted...
Then we moved on to canter transitions. She just didn't want to do it...so the trainer got on and worked with her for awhile and got her through all the nasty mare ears and one half hearted buck (which he corrected using the disengaging technique). She went off on the wrong leads a few times but pretty soon he had her moving really pretty in a big circle with a beautiful headset. She had been working for almost three hours at this point and she was getting tired right when we were asking the most from her. We finished up with me riding the canter in both directions, and ended on that note. We did most of the work with cars and trucks going by as the barn is set right on the curve of a highway. So I was impressed that what we were doing was working even with the distraction of vehicles, and the strange environment, and other horses. He tried to give me the tools to work with this out on the trail in training as well as in competition. He said I'm going to have some pretty slow times for awhile, but I said it didn't matter because I just want to get her going RIGHT.
For the record: He said I've done a really nice job with this horse. What I lacked is knowledge of the correct method to communicate what I want from her to get refinement, and to get her focused on me rather than "out there." He also said she is a very smart horse.
Daren's (the trainer) wife Jen is an equine massage therapist. When we finished she checked her all over to see if she had any trigger points that indicate pain anywhere to see if perhaps chiropractic adjustment may be of benefit to her. She said she could find absolutely NONE. She said if Phebes continues to have issues at the canter that it would be worth trying a chiropractice adjustment on the off chance that something is out of place, but from the best she could tell Phebes seemed fine (and she's built like a tank *lol*).
Phebes was so good today, and once she finally relaxed she tried so hard to please.
It was an awful LOT TO TAKE IN. Hoping that I can remember enough of it to put it into good use as we hit the training trail tomorrow. Depending on how things go I will either go back to them in a month, or if I can nail this...look to some kind of lessons for her on a part-time basis. ~E.G.