One of Phebes biggest anxieties (and hence, has become one of mine) is riding her on the road. It isn't the "road" itself that is the issue, it is motorized vehicles. She is very upset by them even if she is in her own paddock and one comes by she will pitch a fit. Yesterday my daughter called and asked if I would like to follow along on a slow paced trail ride, which I said YES I WOULD as it had been a few days since we had ridden. We ended up venturing out onto the road. My daughter was riding her TW cross mare, and she was accompanied by her man who was riding his TW mare. When a car came they would position themselves so that there horses were between Phebes and the oncoming vehicle. It went pretty well! We must have gone about five miles or more on the road, and also did a short trail loop through the woods. Since she was in an unfamiliar setting with a couple of horses that she didn't know well I was a little more concerned with her muscle issues. As I was riding along I was reaching back and pushing on her rump and wondering if we'd get into trouble. I'd think is she tight...and it is very hard to tell when the horse is actually using the muscles. We've changed her to a supplement that is pointed towards this issue which she's been taking for a few weeks. About a mile or so before home we power trotted a big hill and walked the rest of the way in. She knew we were pointed to home as we've hand walked this road a number of times so she was giving me that nice running walk thing (whatever it is, it is nice). Last night and this morning her rump was nice and loose. She was giving me hateful stink eye because she doesn't like bothered when she's eating, but otherwise all systems were go.
My daughter getting a horse has really been a wonderful thing. We have been spending more "spare time" together than we ordinarily would, which has made me very happy. It has given Phebes the opportunity to ride "with" another horse instead of always solo, and to follow instead of lead. In fact I pretty much keep her pointed at Tequila's butt.
I may be looking at a gaited horse over the weekend. It is going to be indeed an EPIC search, mostly because my heart is with my horse. It is very difficult to think of riding anyone or anything except my Phebes who I do not want set aside. If there was a $ fix for her problem, I'd pay it....even if it required an installment plan or major credit card. She is my girl, whether she likes it or not. ~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