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
March 29, 2011
Nothing but hills
We did have a bad scare this evening. The wild turkey are in mating season and are just popping up and flapping all over the place. Phebes about has a heart attack each and every time one goes flapping out of a tree. So I figured that would be my unraveling this evening. But no...the ground caved in and she went underground to nearly her hock in a place we've been riding for years. I think a groundhog or other critter had dug itself a tunnel there, but we were unfortunate enough to step on it, and then down until she almost sat down. I thought OMG! She's gonna have a broken leg. She seemed no worse for wear other than grass stains on her fur, but it shook me up enough that I just wanted her home to look over properly. She wasn't tender anywhere and she did her celebratory gallop in the paddock when I let her loose, so I think we missed the bullet this time.
On another note, we are making progress on eating and drinking for at least two days in a row. I'll have to take my concoction on the road and see if she will still want it when she is under more stressful conditions. I normally don't feed much actual grain. Phebe's ration is heavy on beet pulp and low NSC "stuff." It is made by Hubbard and called Cool Command. I've been very happy with it, she maintains a good weight until work gets very heavy, then I have to give more than she's willing to eat. But on training and competition rides, nope, she's not willing to eat it or her beet pulp mash. So I picked up a bag of Hubbard's performance feed. I'm only giving her about a pound of this as enticement to eat her other stuff (timothy pellets, and rolled oats) after moderate to heavy work sessions. She loves this feed which feels tacky with molasses, so only a little of it when she's burned some calories. We also tried horse quencher tonight and I'd have to say it was a raving success as she drank about a gallon out of her red plastic bucket which was pretty much unheard of before. The horse quencher looks fairly uncomplicated so LSEGH is going to stir up our own homemade version and see how that goes next time out. If we can't replicate, we will buy a bucket of it. If I come up with a good recipe that works, I'll share.
The weather has turned off cold again. LSEGH is working on Saturday, so if things go alright I'll do a LSD session on Saturday evening and try to pick up the pace just a little bit, (weather calling for snow on Sunday). Winter just doesn't want to let go this year. I'm out of here until Friday. ~E.G.