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
November 8, 2011
Attempting to fit her to the Myler Cradle Bit
It is basically a double jointed snaffle, with two rings for different type of pressure (which I need to study up on) and knotted nose band and curb that are one piece adjusted at the curb for snugness. The worst part honestly was getting it in her mouth. You can tell that has been a battle ground in the past, with all the head flipping. After a few head down prompts I got her to hold reasonably still while I very carefully put the bit into her mouth. Of course she chewed, and chomped, and did some tongue stuff including hanging it out! She finally settled down to it and then I tried some bending which was much softer than in the hack, and some flexing which was better, not a green light, but definitely more of a response, and finally a back up using a rein to lift each front let (at least that was my mental picture) and that worked too. Not speedy, but at least a good responsive try and we'd been getting nothing on the back up to speak of with the hack unless I was very forceful. So Journey may need to spend a few years in a snaffle before we can clearly do the bitless thing. I'll need to run it past Michaella, and have to see if I can afford to buy it from Lida. If I can't, I'll have to look for something made similarly as far as the multi-jointed thing and way the center is sort of shaped to the horse's mouth. I am not fond of the second ring as I managed to catch my finger in it twice! We did a little lunging, some belly scratching lift exercises, and that was about it. Now she gets a two-day vacation.