Over the winter months I developed one of my infamous "plans" to do some redecorating in the horse trailer and generally get things more functional and organized. Pretty wasn't even in the picture, just neat, clean, organized. On the list were:
Raising my cot so gear can fit underneath.
Putting down a wooden strip between the horse compartment and my area to keep the horse poo and bedding from finding its way under the dividing wall which has a two inch gap on the bottom.
Getting plastic drawer units for my "kitchen" stuff.
Put a wire across with a curtain of sorts so that I can use the back of the trailer if I like for a place to wash off, and put the hay and stuff so it is all out of my way except when I need it during the ride.
Let me say I've nearly given myself a hernia and heat stroke today just trying to clean out some of the stuff so I can sweep the floor. At this point I do have drawers, but they aren't very organized. I do have hooks in place to put a wire on to hang a curtain of sorts, of which I have none. The strip to go under the divider is "pending." What was I doing all winter???
Today I've taken up the carpet and dragged (?) it to the porch for vacuuming. I swept the trailer out with a broom, then mopped. When I went back out a fine layer of dust had settled over everything...w..t..heck! The washer had been running non-stop all day. I did at least buy towels and sheets for the trailer that belong in it, and not in the house. The food tote is indoors awaiting food. My ride clothes are packed but I've decided I'm pretty well screwed if it gets HOT, so I'd better be buying a couple of sleeveless something or others this weekend. My shorts that I packed away in the fall have gone AWOL. Can't find 'em. Tore up the closet looking for them, haven't a clue. So I have clothing for 45-60 degrees ready to roll. It will be 78 degrees this weekend, no forecast for next yet. I see Wal-Mart in my near future and I detest Wal-Mart. Saddle pads are drying as I type, and hoof boots are spinning in the washer. I have not developed a menu for the weekend, and I'm a complete disorganized MESS. It usually comes together but today has been something else! Hope some of you are adding to your horse/rider mileage totals this weekend. We plan to ride conservatively between now and next weekend. ~E.G.
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