She gets to have her concentrate feed again this evening and hopefully back on trihist as she's coughing again as she's back on hay. What a mess. Seems like I spend all my time getting ready for a ride only to be thwarted by circumstances that really mess up my happy little world. But I reckon I'll survive *LOL* Last night Journey was looking at her empty feed bucket (all she is allowed right now is hay/water) and poking her little nose at me, like hey! There's something dreadfully wrong with this picture! Yes indeed Spotted Wonder. If nothing else smacks us down in the meantime I'll have three additional weeks to get ready for the Indy 25/50. Will step up our training distance to 15-20 miles for our long ride, and speed up our shorts a bit.
Since I'm already on vacation next week, I'll be working with Phebes. Took her out of the round pen for the first time in two years for a ride in the larger arena area yesterday. She did okay. A little edgy and offered to rebel at the trot, but I just kept stopping and restarting until we were trotting some decent large circles. She isn't crazy about her hackamore, the nose band which is actually fairly soft and flexible bugs the heck out of her. I'd like to try a simple side pull on her. I have one somewhere if I can remember where I've put it (it was Puddin's). I'm just determined to get this horse back riding like she was at least trail worthy. If something were to happen to me, at least she'd have a shot at a trail home. The way things stand currently...not good. So I'm going to have a working vacation and Phebes is the project.
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