Whew! This ACTHA stuff is going to be much harder than it looks. I got the board obstacle, the brush pulling obstacle, and the weaving pattern set up yesterday. Currently I'm having trouble walking the board around the barrels on foot let alone under saddle! Definitely this sport, though low key; requires a lot of handle on your horse. Phebes and I worked with some of the new stuff with me on foot just getting her used to the new "stuff" out in the paddock. She was pretty spooky at first but soon realized she wasn't going to be eaten by any of it except the hoola-hoop. I could get her front feet in and still, but not her hinds. The cones went well except for the pied piper effect. I didn't shut the other two horses out and it was quite an interesting scene as I started dragging the brush with Phebes (me still on foot). There was Phebes, and me, the rope, the branches, Journey, and Big Cree like a slow locomotive going around the paddock. Phebes was pretty calm about this, and Journey and Cree were doing their best to EAT THE FREAKING obstacle! Same with weaving obstacle. Phebes and I would wind our way through, and Journey would follow behind knocking over the buckets with her nose. Back to the board / barrel thing and Journey was right in the middle of that too...guess who is getting locked out next time? *LOL*
I'm hoping to have some friends over in October for a campout, weanie roast, and we will practice ACTHA obstacles and then do a ten mile trail ride in the evening. That should be fun, and Journey will get to visit with Teri (her previous "mom"). Still have a few more obstacles to put together (bridge, tarp, mailbox, slicker), maybe I can combine them into one.
Lida if you happen to read this I'd like to invite you and Doc over for the women's camp out in October, I'll let you know a date, haven't settled on one yet. Also there is a wagon train going on down here Labor Day weekend at the Comer farm in case you are interested. ~ 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