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
April 3, 2011
A post about the psychological rider effect of booting your horse.
No, I'm not kidding. This was playing on my mind as we trotted along down the trail today. If you run your horse bare, get proper regular trimming, and offer your horse an active lifestyle and plenty of movement you might feel like you've really got the bare hoof thing in your grasp. Indeed the highest percentage of my training miles are done with an unprotected hoof. We trot down the trail, picking our way through rocky areas, and walk the jagged stone on the park system's service roads. Our time on a given trail doesn't vary much, but we are moving pretty slow on the average because of the rock and graveled areas cutting into our time. Though I may be trotting merrily along, at the first sight of jagged gravel the pace is going to drastically slow down.
Now mirror this with today's ride. Phebes was booted with her easyboot gloves on the fronts only. I found that I was much more willing mentally to let her move out. We cantered more, we power trotted the gravel service roads, and we gained thirty minutes on our best time over the eighteen miles because I felt confident that her hooves were well protected in her Easyboot Gloves. She also seemed more willing today even though it was the warmest day we've had so far this spring, but the real factor I believe was the psychological "comfort zone" if you will, that I was protecting my most valued resource in endurance (Limited Distance in my case), my horse's hoof.