...on the drive home. We were talking about incorporating these methods on an actual ride, and I said to Doug that if you are going to use the endurance trail as a training ground you absolutely CAN NOT pair up with other riders. When you ride solo you are free to correct the issues as they present themselves and work at getting what you are asking for even if it means a slower completion. If you are riding in tandem with a group, you will ALWAYS end up going with the herd...or...you will begin the corrections in a less than optimal situation which will place you behind anyway, so you might as well just do it right, ride it right, and RIDE YOUR OWN RIDE. The only completion I've had that I felt really gratified with was riding solo. It had its difficulties because she pulled the entire way. Had I some of the tools in my arsenal, we'd have placed lower, but it could have been a much nicer ride, much more quickly than than the six or seven miles it took to get her attention. I still feel that the training trail will be easier to tame the beast, than the endurance trail. But we will keep at it, do the best we can, and what we've always done, by learning together.
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