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
May 18, 2012
The Spotted Wonder's Vacation Ends Today
We have thirteen days between now and Top of the Rock. Though I've ridden the Clark State Forest a handful and a half amount of times, this time it will be different. The tornado that went through there has caused the trails to be rerouted, which I'm assuming we will be using some trail that normally we have not. Someone said there will be "out and backs" rather than loops. Don't know if that is true or not, but I do know Journey has not experienced hills like those before. We have a lot of hills here but they are steep up and downs without any long climbs, kind of "mole hills." Clark has long climbs of about a thousand feet or so which is a big hill by our standard. Nothing to you folks living out west, or in the Appalachian chain. At any rate I expect Journey's eyes to bug out ,her tongue to hang from her mouth, and for my fat fanny to be hiking down some hills on foot. Journey is like a kamikaze pilot on a steep downhill. She is taking a dive and she doesn't much care into what! I suppose she will eventually figure that out, but right now my chances of survival on a steep downhill is better on foot. If it is muddy steep downhills, ya' all can come sing hymns over us when the worst of the crying is over. (okay a little over-dramatic) (maybe...). If horses will share the same out and backs she is going to have a whole lot more commotion going on in front of and much worse behind her. I'm just kind of mentally bracing myself up here. Going into the last ride I had a reasonable amount of confidence that we could finish. That it would be "close" but we'd likely manage. I'm still kind of reeling from it actually (I know I said I'd move on) (I'm moving...I'm just not moving away from it as fast as I had hoped) (it sucked) (it really did). So now my confidence has been again laid low into the endurance gutter. I have not been riding my horse. Have been "thinking" about riding my horse. But not riding my horse. So thirteen days to go I'd better start wiggling her around if I'm going to bother going, and cleaning my horse trailer out from the last adventure might be a good idea as well. So this afternoon I suppose we shall go climb and descend some hills if I can make my feet walk across the driveway to retrieve my horse. ~E.G.