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
November 10, 2013
The Big Win: Riding Non-Competitively
No this is not a diatribe on the riders who enjoy successfully racing their horses in endurance. I fully believe there is a time and a place, along with a special aptitude for this activity. It just isn't "me." In my early Limited Distance rides I felt a sense of urgency. It wasn't that I cared about placement, but feared I'd time out on finishing, and it was easy to get caught up in the sea of horses moving at speed. Easy to get your horse going, not so easy to get your horse shifted into a lower gear once it's tasted a start near the front. Somewhere over the course of riding a couple of handfuls of LD rides and finally the first ever 50 I have come to the conclusion that I really am not at all competitive. I just barely want to claim my t-shirt! If I were competitive it would be for the turtle award which I usually miss by a rider, sometimes two. It is the completion that matters to me, especially since I should have a label on my forehead reading "directionally challenged." I like doing it my way. At my speed. Improving on a previous ride, a better vet score, or a more organized breakdown of camp, all are wins. Adding to my horse's ride mileage tally, bonus! This is how I roll. So in the end, the ride completion itself becomes the prize. I think that epitomizes the AERC's motto: "To finish is to win."