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 4, 2013
My Heart Really Misses Her
We learned together. I was dedicated to the idea of getting this horse ready to take us on our first distance ride. Boy did I take a few knocks in the process. She was sensitive, fearful, and at the time I had not figured out that she was losing her eyesight in one eye which seriously effected her depth perception. We managed to get through most of all that, she took me the summer after to my first intro CTR in second place, then her first and last 30 mile LD at Cave Country in eleventh place. Shortly after that I became aware that she had a serious issue with her eye. But the two summers we rode together I logged nearly two thousand miles on this lovely horse. To this day, I look at her picture and my heart does a little twist in my chest. She was a lovely mare, and she trusted me like nothing I've ever seen. We'd ride like heck and she'd meet me at the gate the next day and nicker, like what are we doing today? It was about this time of year that she went completely blind, and the hard decision had to be made to put my terrified mare down. God she looked so beautiful that day, standing there strong, the wind lifting her mane, head up so, so lovely. She was the best. I miss you Puddin' girl. I always will.