It has amazed me how easily I have fallen into being a non-rider, non-endurance pursuing, actually not pursuing ANYTHING person. If I could roll it up into a little nut-shell, I guess I've burned myself out pretty bad, kind of like a spinning rear wheel in deep mucky clay. You spin all you want, but honey you are just digging a deeper trench. That is where I've found myself this year. It isn't only the horse thing. I'm blah-say about cleaning, folding the laundry, mowing the grass, doing the dishes, showing up for work. The little flames of positivity is burning way low. Like I do with most things, I've spent some time mulling it over, dissecting it, and coming to the opinion of ehhh! My pursuit of anything horse related is seriously stalled by the economy, the price of gasoline, the price of feeding the critters in general, an aging truck (dare I say an aging body of my own...(back! back! damn you, back in the box!). The rest of me is aging, but sister I AM NOT OLD. I REFUSE TO BE OLD. I WILL NOT ACCEPT OLD. Heading into my sixth decade I do feel wiser. Not the O word. I desire to be the woman with the long grey braid with the wind still in my hair even if it doesn't exactly fill the sails anymore. See where I'm at?
So during this period of lassitude I've not been doing much. Doing a little hiking, some very quiet low-key ground work with the girls. I can't even say that I have formulated a plan for 2013. I found the segue into CMO a lot of fun, and something I'd do again for sure, but not in a competitive way. My heart is still somewhere else, but my dose of reality continues to tell me it isn't feasible to my lifestyle right now, maybe never. A readily simple answer would be to sell out, down-size, relocate. If that is a "smart" answer I can't predict. I'd definitely need a hotter fire in my belly for it than I've had the past few months!
I do want to give a shout out to Sheri Devouassoux who is moving right along with her horse AAS Al Hamdani. She is competing a horse that has presented some health challenges, and she is doing a great job with him. Way to go Sheri!
I'd love it if some of you would hit the reply button and let me know what you all have been up to. ~ E.G.
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