*Journey rounds nicely at the canter on a long line. Beautiful lift of her back, and nicely balanced. Needs a little assistance to keep a soft curve in her neck on the arc, but overall, pretty good!
*Journey does not do these things so well with a rider which will require a lot of gradual remedial work to build her up. She is no bigger than a peanut, barely squeaking in at 14.1 hands. So big fat me, and the saddle which is pretty heavy are a lot for her to suddenly lift and carry with collection.
*It is true that horses can have lovely acrobatics during this type of exercise. In fact she has one heck-uv-a roll back onto her haunches when it is "her" idea.
*I am too sick today to ride , an icky stomach thing.
*And I seriously don't care---though I really should (both care, and ride).
*The sun is shining, and the horses have their noses buried in grass, and Journey refused her feed both last night and this morning which is worrisome. She also had a cough this morning which is vanished by this afternoon. She is pooping and peeing and stuffing hay / grass like there is no tomorrow...? But just in case, she gets the day off too.
*That's the truth and I'm sticking to it.
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