Yes, really. For years and years my horses have had a daily beet pulp mash. In the spring Phebes and Cree suddenly refused to eat it after having had a love-fest with the stuff for about seven years. We scrubbed feed buckets and bleached them. Nope! not gonna eat it. We altered the ratio of this and that, and it lay stewing and attracting flies and we dumped out a lot of feed. Finally we shrugged our shoulders and said enough...just eat, we will give you more of your dry ration.
Why the beet pulp? Fiber and water. Well-soaked beet plumps up to gynormous proportions as it greedily holds water. The nirvana of hydration is a hind gut loaded with fiber and water.
Along came Journey. I tried with abject failure to interest her in the stuff. More wasted feed, back on dry ration, and so went the summer.
We tried again this past week, and now beet pulp is the feed of choice for all three horses. Go figure? Nothing changed. It is the very same bag we were feeding out of before, beet pulp without molasses. So Journey gets another little distance horse wanna be notch carved into her saddle cantle. Thus far we have worked out:
Saddle pad that works.
Saddle that works.
The worst of barn sour worked out.
Bucking pretty well ironed out.
Feed worked out.
Eating on trail.
Drinking on trail.
It's a start. Much more to go as I try to deep breathe and work through one little thing at a time.
I'm holding out hope...I might have found a LSD training buddy. Crossing fingers on that. ~ 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