I love this sport. I like the people that I've come into contact with through this blog (with only a very few exceptions). Most I've found so helpful and encouraging. But I've come to a decision that I'm laying this thing down. Probably, maybe...for good. The rah!rah!rah! cheerleader and follower of endurance (which I've never done, but so admire) and LD (which I have done) has decided that I'm done. Stick me with a fork. To continue on and do this sport like "I" want would require a financial step that I'm unable to take. I also received my last and final nasty-gram from a long term person in the sport for the use of the word "only". When things are no longer fun, one needs to regroup and find something that is. There are good people out there riding the distance sports. The one's I've personally connected with live half a country away. What I personally needed from this sport was camaraderie. I didn't need to win. I didn't even need to "go fast." I only needed a sense of belonging. Just that, and not much else. Journey is a sweet and give it a go little horse. However, I'm not seeing that spark of drive needed to really hang in there, and do multi-days. It is possible that would become better with time, or a riding partner to inspire her. We are going to do something...me and my spotted wonder, and Phebes too! My Phebes has been set aside for over a year, and much of my heart still hangs with her, maybe it never left. So I have some thinking to do...will we wrap this thing up in Ohio next weekend, or will we just wait, and finish where we started at Henryville, or will I even do those? I'm paralyzed by indecision on those simple things.
I've learned a lot. Ridden thousands (no exaggeration) of miles on trail, put two horse's under saddle, earned what will be my one and only chevron, turned Journey from a piece of work to A PIECE OF WORK. I'm proud of where I've brought the Spotted Wonder, the horse that wouldn't leave the barn, you should see her little hooves fly! Away from the barn!!! It makes my heart happy. There must be a sport out there for us. Something that makes sense to Journey & Phebe's temperaments, that I can enjoy. In the meantime I'll be putting Phebe's back under saddle. Her year off will call for a refresher, so we will just start from the ground up. Since I won't have to set aside dollars for gas, hauling, membership, entry fees next year, I may take Journey to a trainer I like for a month or two to refine some things. I'm not good at refinement. I'll keep you posted on where we go from here. If you have a heart for the distance sports, I do encourage you to try
with all you have! The best rides I ever had were with my friends, riding my old arabian mare
Puddin'. Great friends, great horse. I miss them a lot.
If you are new to the sport and you happen onto this blog, please use the links provided for great information on starting distance riding, and the search box on this blog will bring up useful information. Just always remember the source AERC.org is your safest bet for the scoop on distance riding. My top recommendation for someone who is at the top of the sport is Karen Chaton. It gets no better than this gal. Her blog link can be found in my sidebar.
Distance riding friends from afar...my best wishes to you all. Dixie & Funder will always have a warm place in my heart. I'm so happy that they both have found their place in this thing I love. I understood those early struggles on a horse having a hard time wrapping its head around the sport. But they did it.
Maybe someday, someone will let me sling my saddle over a finished horse's back, and catch ride a slow 50. You all have no idea what that would mean to me ♥ If I were really "dreaming" it would be aboard MONK.
The BBBDR is very close to wrapping. Only two folks still in contention in Cavalry. Pioneer a done deal. I think I've settled on the award and we will finish that up the first week of December. I'm writing sponsors the end of this month as a reminder of their promised award item. Nutrena happily has already shipped their's. We still have Moss Rock and Trailwise to contact, the actual completion award itself will be from me. You women are awesome! Having racked up some serious mileage to be proud of.
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