Well I spoke with her royal spotted cuteness's owner, Teri today, and we are on for our Sunday morning ride. Teri probably thinks I'm nuttier than a bat I was so excited about Sunday! Speaking with Teri added to my confidence in this mare as she volunteered a fairly long ride which gives me a good period to look at behavior, quirks, stamina, and soundness. The little mare I don't think has been out on trail for a while, so this will give me a good starting picture of where she's at and what might need done. Also a chance to look at a real recovery reading on her pulse after an actual ride. Today is another Indiana scorcher in the 90's with humidity at around 70% (I call it breathing pea soup). So I'm glad our test ride isn't today. By Sunday it is supposed to cool off into the 80's so that will at least be bearable.
I've searched out a bill of sale and an application for registration both of which I'll need Teri to look over if all goes well (please....please....go well) so that I can get her registered. I know papers don't "mean nothin" in the smaller scheme of things. But if I have a heart attack that I don't wake up from some day, I'd like to hope that little scrap of paper could at least land her into another endurance or sport horse home with a ride record of some sort attached to her name, or at least a little better home than she'd might end up with anyway. Arabians can live up into their thirties, and that would put me at 83 y.o. I worry about my horse's futures dreadfully. At 20 I would not have thought in such a way because my life seemed like it would last FOREVER. Now I know that all I can do for them is what happens TODAY. But it is my nature to try to hedge the bet however small in their favor if I can. So I will! Maybe it changes nothing, but it makes me feel better on some level.
Off to wander outdoors to cut saplings out of the fenceline...oh yay (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