There was a pretty good (short) article in The Endurance News about aftercare for the horse. I found one hole in my post-ride care that I need to figure out. That being cooling the legs. Phebes will not tolerate cold packs on her hind legs, she will kick, and stomp until you think she's going to break a limb...but I'm thinking that we could substitute very cold water sponging on the lower legs. I had thought about putting standing wraps on her for the overnight, but after reading how you really have to know how to do these or you could cause a bowed tendon I'm going to nix that idea. I was also wondering how to get the sweat and scurf off of my horse when it is windy and chilly? You wouldn't want to hose your horse with cold water when the weather is chilly, but if you are riding the next day you certainly want all that post-ride crud off of the horse. My camping set-up is pretty primitive. I need to look into some cheap way of solar heating water for her clean up and mine as well.
Any of you experienced riders care to share what you do for your horse after you've finished? How much do you feed? Do you hose down your horse? Do you blanket? Do you wrap the legs? Do you hand-walk? Electrolyte? Is your routine different if you are doing a multi-day? ~E.G.
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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