Why are there so few 35-45 mile length LD's? It just occurred to me after an email with a very nice person that moving up from 25 miles to 30 miles when I did it felt so hard. Five miles extra distance seemed like the longest five miles of my life. It was also the ride that in the end I felt the most gratified having ridden, as it was the longest. Once a person has a few LD's under their belt, looking out at doubling their mileage on a ride can be very intimidating. All kinds of fear for your horse creeps in...how can my horse do 50 miles, when we only train 25 miles a week? How is that possible? Will I hurt my horse? Will the painful joint in my foot allow me to double my ride distance? If I move up and try a 50, what if I fail? I lose the mileage credit, fuel, vacation time, for...nothing? There are a lot of ifs there.
But how about this if? What if management added 10 miles to an LD ride, or 15 miles to an LD ride. More work? Some...but there could be a repeat loop which wouldn't require additional trail marking. It would sort out the front runners a bit more, and it would give LD riders a little more confidence that indeed maybe we can do a fifty successfully. If I complete 30, 35, 40, what is the next logical step? ENDURANCE.
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