On endurance etiquette on trail. Karen's Musings & Endurance Ride Stuff ~Karen Chaton
This one is really near and dear to my heart...as a lot of the stuff listed as "NOT TO DO" has happened to me over the course of seven competitions. Including being crowded, pushed at water stops, horses running off at water stops, having a horse's nose stuck up my horse's rear on a steep downhill, and downright insulted by being cursed at for pulling an excited horse off the trail (trying to exhibit my own etiquette by hearing them coming and getting out of their way) to let other horses pass! I know it is not a perfect world out there, excitement and tensions are high...but there is no thousand dollar prize at the end. Just a t-shirt in some new color, or a feed bucket or something.
On the other spectrum I've been treated wonderfully by other riders too. Mary from Ohio (who's last name I can't recall now), Sabine from Kentucky, Chris from Indiana, and my horse "finders" when Phebes and I were separated.
If I could expand that etiquette to blogging, facebooking, the same rules apply. Consider your audience. Consider who might be reading (or hurt), and act accordingly following the same rules of etiquette you would or should show out on the trail. ~ 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