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
June 26, 2011
Journey's first 10 mile solo ride
We had hoped to go to the park today, but when I got up this morning it was pouring down rain and had rained all night long. Hauling to go mudding just didn't appeal to me. LSEGH and I drove thirty minutes to get to a Walmart as I had some things I wanted to pick up. He is going to fix up a "make shift" wash rack for me. We won't have hot water, but the horses seem to enjoy the cold hose during hot weather anyway. So I purchased a new garden hose, and a wand with different water settings. LSEGH is going to put a clamp on the shed to hold the wand so I can have my hands free for sudsing, yay! Once I got home it had quit raining and I tried to call my daughter to see if she'd want to ride. No answer. So I thought what the heck, let's see how Journey does, she hasn't been ridden for a couple of days, and has had plenty of time to buddy up with Cree and Phebes. We saddled up, we went, and other than a feeble attempt at screaming for them once, all was well on that front. I did learn today that she startles at dogs rushing her and yapping. But the explosion was an attempt to roll-back to the left, and I just one reined her the direction she was going anyway which had her looking at my foot. Then it was over. We climbed a lot of hills, and slid down a lot of hills, traversed the edge of pre-flood stage creek, and rode down the blacktop road on the way back home. I can't believe how well she does, she is just so mentally solid. Wish somebody had clued me in on Appaloosa horses a long, long time ago. I still love Arabians, but in the steady department, this little Appy has it going on. I'm looking at Journey's conditioning and training through a totally different lense. Slow and steady, and stopping to smell the roses (literally) along the way. The plan is to develop the attributes of the trail horse first. Slowly increase mileage, and when all the gears are working well, then and only then will we start trotting. All said and done today we covered about 10 miles. We'll do a couple of short ones this week, and then next weekend if the weather cooperates we will shoot for 15 miles. ~ E.G.