Since I've struggled of late with keeping fresh thoughts on my blog (too much drama in my life currently) I thought I'd put to blog some thoughts about the numbers. By numbers I mean AERC equine stats. Now the stats tell you the distance and time of the rides competed in a given season. But perhaps a study of the numbers can tell us something else? For the purpose of this study I have chosen the stats of two riders who have horse's with extensive careers. Numbers can't tell you everything, but they can be indicators of something. Shall we start with horse #1?
Now I happen to know that this horse did some CTR's prior to the first LD/Endurance season and was a fit horse. Still the rider rode very conservatively that first year in endurance, competed with no pulls or RO's, attempting a first 50 after a string of successful LD's.
I see here the horse getting a pretty strong run time at LD. Perhaps the rider is on the fence...LD? or Endurance?
A short season (rider may have had to set out the year for most of the season) but look at the consistency in rating the horse over the same course. Did the faster times make the rider decide on a skinnier schedule? Probably not, but I'm still googling over the rating control of those two rides.
In the case of completions, did the rider get lost? Take a wrong turn and have to repeat the course? Again the last two 25's are pretty consistent time-wise.
So what could have happened here? The rider has shaved about an hour off their previous 50 mile ride time. Were they riding LD pace? Or just the rock with their name on it?
Season # 6
The horse had a pretty good season and looks like the rider is keeping the focus on LD. The horse is also preforming at a faster ride pace at times, and completing some two day rides.
This horse went on for about twelve seasons. Won two national CTR championships besides the long LD career, and career ended due to a serious health problem with the horse not related to distance riding. The numbers don't tell you everything, but do reflect such things as consistency, improved ride times, and such. What if anything do your ride numbers reflect about your horse?
Horse # 2....another day. ~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