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
October 17, 2013
CMO / Endurance
Both sports have some common threads. You get to camp, ride your horse, and engage in a timed event. The similarity of sport pretty well unravels after that. CMO is a great stand alone sport of its own, and though you are doing the "same thing" each time, you definitely aren't doing the "same thing" each time. Makes a lot of sense huh? Only part of the game of CMO is the ride time, it is just as much maybe more a mind game in the form of scavenger hunt / where's Waldo. The mental aspect of the sport appeals to me, as well as the fact that I can pace my horse how I see fit vs. a minimum required pace for hours and hours.
But then...the sport of Endurance as I understand it is a whole other challenge, pushing the limits of time, horse, person, to another level. Riding the fine line between excellence and the breaking point. Endurance is more physically challenging for horse and rider with a much steeper learning curve.
I like both sports I guess for different reasons. If I want to relax, have fun, and challenge my brain, while riding my horse CMO is the pick of choice. I've found the friendliness of the CMO sport refreshing. If I want to push my personal boundaries, then Endurance will be the goal.
Both sports involve some travel expense. CMO's are much more affordable in terms of entry fees. Endurance has an on site veterinarian. The two are apples and oranges. At the end of the day, I suppose finding the thing that fits a person best and keeps the horse happy is all that matters.