Journey was integrated with Phebes today. The expectation was some squealing and flying hooves. We are talking about Phebes after all, so Phebes is brought into the front paddock with Journey and released. She put her head down to eat grass, and they've been grazing together all afternoon. That was it! No running, no squealing, no farting or bucking, no kicking. Just, hey! Let's eat grass, and so they did. That was easy. One down and one more to go (Big Cree who wears a wife-beater t-shirt and hangs a cigarette out the corner of his mouth, while crushing beer cans and tossing them in the corner).
Next up was a photo session as I needed pictorial evidence of her Appaloosa markings.
The journey with Journey looks like a little longer path than I had hoped for, but that is okay...the year is shot anyhow, and if I can get Phebes riding, surely I can get this mare going good. If I find I can't overcome the barn sour issue, I know a good trainer, and off she will go. But for now, we are doing okay (as long as I don't fall off). Her acting up is challenging but not nearly as volatile as Phebes. Journey goes off like a lit up sparkler that gradually fizzles out. If you can just keep your head, you can stay on. Phebes went off like an atomic bomb, the explosion was HUGE, dangerous, and usually involved my eating some dirt. So looks like I'm in it for a long haul again. We were going to join some folks for a parade next weekend, but ummmm.....nope. I'd take her out on the trail, but I'd want all the gears working to put her in a crowd of people. Too much risk there of someone else getting hurt. I still maintain this mare is super smart and she learns quick, so once she figures out the fits are more work than just moving forward, we should have it whipped. Another approach I could take is to just go ahead and let her turn and go home and work the heck out of her at home, take her out and repeat until walking away seems easy compared to rushing back and trotting circles. I need a cooler day if I'm going to do that because it could take a few hours. I need to think on it. This one sure ticks different than Phebes. ~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