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 22, 2011
The pro's and con's of a horse's movement in the distance sports.
I'm curious about how folks feel about this. Phebes movement at the trot would literally lift you way up in the saddle, and posting was quite an energetic pursuit, in fact exhausting, but she could trot at 13 mph with ease. Counter this with Journey. Her little feet go very fast, her breakover is low to the ground, and she doesn't have a lot of extension. Phebes popped her legs forward HARD which I know is hard on the joints over terrain. Journey is very effecient in the use of her little body. Posting is easy. Some of you with horses that have some miles, how does your horse move, and which distance pursuit did you find most suitable for the horse's style of going? LD, middle distance (50-65) or longer (75-100). Phebes was a sports car with a big engine (that wanted to overheat), while Journey is more like an economy car with a 4 cylinder motor, just puttering along, not using up much fuel. I know I'm pointing her towards LD, but I'm curious as to what this type of horse in the long range is most suitable for? ~E.G.