My stuff is all stowed and ready to roll. It seems like forever since I've been on a horse though it has only been a week. I've never had a ride on the particular trail loop we are doing, have never rode with the person I'm riding with, or trail rode on the horse I'll be on. Will definitely be a different kind of day.
It feels as though the gears are grinding emotionally. Excitement for the potential, and sadness for the horse I am losing to the sport for the most part, happiness that this process will eventually bring me back to riding at least LD's. I'm a regular shake 'em up drink mixer full of conflicting things today.
If the little mare tomorrow rides well I will still have some back tracking to do. Even though she is under saddle I would want to start her out with round pen exercises, establish leadership, and definitely do some despooking exercises with her. We would need to get her used to the gear that is on-board and the sounds that stuff makes, teach her to like the oral syringe, retrain using a side pull to get some softness and bend, and spend a lot of time just figuring out what makes her tick and what might tick her off. I've asked the poor owner a zillion or so questions, have researched getting her registration, would need to transition her to booting, determine if our saddle will fit adequately, and then work on some slow miles. And it's hot outside! *LOL*
Of my looked at equines, this one has come the closest as to attributes I like in a horse. Even though I've said it a few times this week...say a little prayer that she turns out to be an "adequate" trail horse. If she is, the other things will happen. It will just take some time.
And thanks for the tips over at the Haiku Farm
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