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
February 28, 2012
Journey can...but Journey won't.
At least not yet. I discovered this evening on our short ride that when pointed towards home she can extend her trot quite nicely to around 8-9 mph. Now how do I "capture" that to up our flat trotting speed? She was such a little turd tonight. I know hills have their benefit, but mostly they are kind of getting in our way presently by knocking our average speed down to nothing. I need some practical ideas to up her average without creating "race brain." She is very inclined to disengage her brain if the pace gets too fast (fast being a relative term...I can kind of tell when her brain is checking out). Our current average is 4.5 (on a good day), and to finish we need to average 5 mph +, yes? You want a little wiggle room to get that pulse down too. I hope to try her without drafting anyone else as I don't enjoy being sucked along and it goes against the principle of "ride your own ride" which translates to "ride your own trained for pace." Maybe I should suck it up and start her on some hill sprints. Our best place to do that is also her most likely place to be a butt and me to end up on my head in the grass. I've got a few days to think on it. Journey will have the next two days off. We have rain moving in so our getting across the creek and to the grassy hill will depend on how much rainfall and if the creek floods again. I'm pulled between a focus on hill climbs to build up her strength, and flat trotting to torque up her trotting speed, and haven't much luck thus far to pull off both on a regular schedule. This mare gets very clumsy when she is tired, and she slipped with me a few weeks ago and would up on her back with all four feet in the air while I rolled through a brier patch. So I'm hesitant to repeat that particular gymnastic effort! Depending on the effect of the rain on the park trails, hope to get myself there this coming weekend. If so I'll opt for trying something a bit different, working a small section that has better footing and perhaps will give us better momentum for that workout. One side is a gradual half mile hill climb, the other lies flat enough to keep a trotting pace for a couple of miles with no Big Cree screaming for her in the background. I think that may serve our purpose better. Then there is the "trotting track" which is convenient, a .33 mile oval logging road around a little grassy field here at home. Takes a lot of laps to get anything done. If I can get her ten mile distance up to 5+ mph we might make a spring ride.