After completely stripping Journey's stall of the pelleted (dusty) bedding, and an overnight outdoors, the coughing episode appears to have resolved. No signs of infection. She's bright, eating well, and on yesterdays "wiggle around" ride she was a fire breathing dragon (a.k.a. pain in the butt). We kept our ride to just under an hour, pretty much enough to break a sweat. Mostly we just walked, did some slow hill climbing, and a single sprint up the field and called it a day. Today and tomorrow I'll probably keep it down to a half hour. As to our one and only distance ride for the year, I am at a loss currently as to which day we will ride. The weather reports keep changing, and I don't want Journey spending the night before a ride standing out in a cold rain. Been there, done that, and didn't like the idea of my horse getting no rest, head hanging down with rain dripping off her nose all night. So I will likely choose the optimal day and probably so will most everyone else.
I'm just gonna try it. See what happens. Try to keep an open mind. Focus on my horse and myself. See what happens.
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