Some of you know me, some of you have met me, and some are thinking who the heck...! Let me introduce myself.
"Hi, I'm Endurance Granny."
Some are still scratching their heads and thinking who the heck...
I'm an AERC member in the Midwest Region. Still cutting my teeth on Limited Distance rides, still wanting to move up to Endurance, someday, and starting out a new green horse, again. I've been blogging for a several years and have chronicled my success and misery for the world to see on my blog: http://www.endurancegranny.blogspot.com/ Some of it has been good! Ummm....sometimes, not so much. But the root of what my blog has been about is someone new trying to break into the sport with what they have. My bank of knowledge is limited to my own success and failure.
Now the reason for my invitation. I'm looking for guest writers that have (MORE) experience than I do to write a short how to article on the following subjects:
Starting a new horse in Limited Distance
What's so great about endurance riding?
Selecting a horse for distance riding
How to move up to a 50 mile Endurance Ride (and when)
What makes a good 100 mile horse vs. a 50, 25 mile horse.
Moving up to a 100 miles.
Can any horse be a 50 mile horse?
Feeding the horse to maintain energy on long rides.
You can lead a horse to water but...how do you get him to drink?
When to call it quits.
As a new rider how to build an endurance network ("who do I need to contact to get the entry form" "how to find a mentor", and where's the darned ride being held at?).
How to encourage new riders to the sport.
How to handle the first few rides, what to expect.
When can I ride competitively? Should I ride competitively?
Which is better, riding solo, or buddying up and why?
What type of horse is not suitable to the sport?
Or any topic that would be helpful to someone else in the sport.
This blog has a couple thousand hits a month and it would be great to have some different viewpoints to share with others who may be thinking of trying the sport for the first time, or are feeling stuck, or just need a little motivational kick in the pants to move up to a higher distance. Would love it if those with such a wealth of knowledge could contribute a guest article to the blog.
~ Endurance Granny
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