So what would be my Endurance for Dummies approach to this riding at a higher level stuff?
- Don't get to big for your riding tights on your beginner horse.
- Stay a beginner for at least a full year, maybe two.
- Use these concepts at a level that constantly....though slightly exceeds your horse's current abilities.
- Every horse is different...cookie cutter plain won't work. There is no "magic" formula.
- Keep in mind that "I am a weanie." I have to get past my own personal barriers. Confidence (Phebes and certain people sure hammered that, though after consulting with someone who does know their stuff, I feel much more hopeful and confident), Financial (I'm never gonna run with big dogs, the mid-dogs, or any kind of dogs except the back of the pack on a part-time basis). I don't earn enough to actually play the game as many take for granted. I just do what I can do.
- All of that is okay.
Reading this book for the second time (in print) has helped me to pick out many, many points of interest. One or two I will have to defer to my coach at some point for an intellectual discussion concerning how best to use these tools at Journey's level and to Journey's benefit so that we train...but don't break the positive cycle we have going. What little we have done lately has proved helpful in bringing a 4.3 mph ride average up to a 5 mph ride average. I'd like to tweak her training average slowly upward to around 7-8 mph average, to actually compete at about 5.5-6 mph. Based on the precepts of this book where do we start? Right where we are, at 5 mph. You say what? I've been on the right track so far. Little, by little, by little....I have to push that number upwards, keep her sane, and rated. Back of the pack (I hope) here we come.