This little 3/4 mile loop is one of my favorite places to work on training goals. It is hard enough that I don't get a lot of spooking and silliness, and the terrain changes about every 1/4 mile which increases the difficulty. The yellow line represents a ridge-line with a lovely view/drop to the creek below, the pink line is flat grassy field that transitions to dirt track through the woods, onto yellow and up the ridge with a gradual grad until you hit blue, then it is a steep shimmy back down to the creek below. Even though the loop is short, she gets a good work out with enough laps. On weekdays my ride time is limited so I'm happy if I can get out there and work it for an hour, concentrating on smoothing out each lap until she is mentally "with" me and then we start adding the canter. Journey still at times will surprise me with a little hoopla weeeeeeee let's bolt, but this terrain has mostly kept that in check. When she does do it, generally I just ride it out if the footing is safe, she isn't dedicated to ramp it up for long, too much work. We did get the best canter this evening we've had yet. The pace was steady, she seemed relaxed, and we just chugged along the field at about 10 mph. Her trot was really strong tonight at about 9 mph. This evening's ride top speed was 13.2 mph, very steady and sensible, she had some extra good downhills (her particular weakness).. We've got a good start, but have to get out and do some LSD and stretch out the time and mileage. We are really cutting it close time wise to be ready. Winter can be done. That's my vote.
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