I'm exhausted. An entire 2 hour + session on the finer points of rope handling, and at the end I finally did it right twice. Poor Michaela! God love her she probably smacked herself hard in the forehead twelve times when I left. Coordinating hands, feet, and horse is not my strong point. I'm better in the saddle because things are pointed the direction that I understand...little does she know that I cannot back up a horse trailer either. Journey? I figure by the time Michaela Walker gets me handling the rope properly Journey will be pretty much trained. I'm a person that learns by "doing" and Micheala is a teacher that teaches by showing/illustration. I lack confidence. It is truly pathetic, but we shall soldier on.
Considering joining her for the cow clinic next weekend. Would allow us to have a mental break from the repetition. Don't know that Journey needs it, but another week and I'm quite sure that I will. I haven't done so yet, but may grab Phebes tomorrow and try to work some wonderous magic (don't fall down laughing) on her with my new-found rope skills-if I don't get tangled up, and forget left from right, oh! you mean the OTHER RIGHT, right?
My poor pitiful horses.
~E.G. (mortified...shuffling away with yes, my rope, dragging)
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