We made the switch to heating with wood. I love to come home and open up the car door and smell that wood smoke. It's nice to know I'll walk in and it will be cozy, and warm. Really warm. Seep into your bones warm. I like this wood heat. Even the stacking and carrying isn't too bad, figure it keeps my rusty joints doing something better than sitting at least part of the time.
Life has been interesting of late. My horse shot with the pellet gun once, and I suspect twice, plus three flat tires in three separate episodes all in the past ten days or so. It is enough to give one low level paranoia. We have been short-staffed where I work for the past three weeks off and on, but mostly on, meaning I have to cover some extra hours causing me to leave for work in the dark, and come home in the dark, but at least I am working. On the few days I've had to ride I've worked with Journey. One of those days was one of the worst rides ever since she came, followed the next day by the best ride ever since she came. This is evidence that 3.5 miles of forward motion with a one-rein stop every time she broke gait which is about every five feet, is also good training for the whoa. She solo'd at the park as we set a training course on the Garmin. The LSD was indeed slow, but also the most trotting intervals we've had yet in one sustained session. She's a horse that seems to like the trail. Now the rains have set in, and the creeks are flooded, paddocks are mires of fetlock deep muck, and we are putting the horses in dry dock (stalls) daily just to allow their hooves to dry out.
I'm attempting to network with someone who is competing on an atypical breed of horse, preferably an Appaloosa. I very much desire for Journey to be successful at distance as I figure my window of time to be functional at the sport is going to be limited, and I'm not buying any more horses, not ever. They say that "any horse can do slow endurance." I'm not sure I'm 100% sold on that concept, but there are many experienced people riding breeds that are not Arabian in this sport. They are still a low percentage, but I do see them now and then in the standings, and Appaloosa type horses are among them.
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