Today was hoof trimming boot refitting day. My front Viper had two cables fraying and I didn't want to go to a ride depending on them like that. The captivators weren't easily pulling up, had to really pull them up. Once the hooves were tweaked it was better, then there was the front boot to replace cables on. I have ZERO patience for such things, LSEGH who has the patience of a SAINT took it upon himself to break down and rebuild the boot. He's extremely handy that way, and I swear between fitting, and cable adjustments, and fitting again...and again it was easily two hours. Now I'm anxious. Anxious a set screw will come loose, or a pulley button will strip, or the cable will pull out, or the straps won't hold. I'm not dissing my Renegades. When they are right they are just a beautiful thing, but good God almighty if something isn't right are they ever just a PITB. But they don't put bloody sores on her, so I'm shutting up. My husband should be nominated for sainthood, really. I have four front boots working and four hinds. Maybe the trail will smile on us and we won't be in mud up to her fetlocks (or hocks).
We had about a 48 mile week last week (over eight days actually), and a set of intervals yesterday. My plan is to not ride her until next Friday, but put her on a longe-line and work her hard enough to get sweating for the next three days. Hoping that will be enough to avoid a tie up. My thoughts are getting her well-hydrated and rested right now out ways random miles. She was looking pretty reedy last week, and seems to be filling back out alright now. I'm also covering work for someone off on vacation Monday and Tuesday, so will be time starved all week. Just hoping the rest doesn't work against us, instead of for us. The longing should be adequate...that is what I'm telling myself.
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