All dressed up and ready to go!
Today was an encouraging day. We are still too slow for an LD but we are inching closer. We did a mock LD of 20 miles today.
The first half went well. She was a bit full of herself, but since it was all hills the first hour that kind of worked the kinks out. She drank well on trail, and ate pretty good at the halfway. We had a forty minute hold to refuel. She ate some grain mix, some hay, grass, and drank 1/3 of the 5 gallon bucket of water. She also drank from streams, and grabbed a little grass while we were out.
LD training ride half-way, Granny style...
And back out we went to another ten mile loop.
I thought that this half would be hard for her. She was a bit less spooky, but still kept about the same average speed. We lost a little time when she heard a horse and decided she was doing the driving. Otherwise we would have matched or bettered the time on our second loop.
How's that for a nice trot out? Cruising right along.
She pulsed right down, we untacked. Muscle tone was like
Again she ate and she drank down most of the rest of her bucket of water. The only thing we were lacking on is peeing under saddle. She held it ALL DAY. As soon as I untacked her, turned her out, and gave the pee command she wasted no time letting loose. I ask you, what is better than a flood of YELLOW pee?
Yes, I feel encouraged. We'd have been overtime at an actual ride if it had been today. But we are getting there. We have a lot of other dynamics to work out concerning how she will act in the midst of many horses. But the plan is to be way in the back. I had plenty of horse left. In fact I could have done another ten miles (slower) but we could have got it done.
Moving ahead we need to work on our sustained trotting. I can't do that on our trails here too technical and too much up and down. So maybe I can work on that in our arena. We need to focus on some hills, so a session of that once or twice a week.
Wish I had a picture of the happy dance I did when I got home this afternoon. You all will just have to visualize...