Sometimes it is the small things. The slightest change that suddenly unlocks an untapped potential. A while back she wrote about bucking and choking up on the rein. A mental picture clicked in for me at that moment. Journey had run away with me in the FALL. I got her stopped that day, but the incident had lingered with me. There was a fear of her doing this again, so I was hesitant to "let" that happen again. A lot of work has gone into Journey since then vs. now. I rationalized how the pattern had emerged, generally when Journey was attempting to break gait on her own to canter, and I'd draw up on the reins...."no, we trot." Then she'd get ticked off and want to buck. It was the holding back that was bringing that out in her. I ask for canter now, holding enough on the rein that she cannot drop her head to buck, but CAN lift up, stretch out, and change gears. It has been amazing! The last time we worked on this over the past week she was really reaching and I instinctively thought...ummm...she's going pretty fast....but I just relaxed into it and let her stretch, and know what? She dug in for a half dozen strides then settled into a softer pace. It was as if she were testing the waters to see if I would haul back on those reins.
This is why I value these endurance/horsey blogs. Yes, I might read for a year and find nothing pertinent to my needs (though highly entertaining), but now and then you hit upon a kernel of truth that shoves the door wide open to the next step. For this I am thankful. As I am thankful for those who read my blog and interact in positive non-judgmental ways. Our purpose is to help one another, and to help our horses, yes?
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