We are trotting big circles now with a nice bend to her, and ears forward instead of flat! I also dropped the electric gates today and took her solo towards the woods. Cree and Journey were creating such a ruckus about her leaving that they even had the neighbor's horses racing along the fences. She however, moved forward calmly, hesitating only a few times. I let her stand and take things in and again asked for forward. My goal was baby steps, to make it to the end of our logging road bordering the field calmly, let her nibble some grass, and then come home and trot some more laps/circles. She did great. I feared she would get rushy when I pointed her home (especially with all the galloping hooves and screaming and calling for her) but she didn't. She stayed calm, even stopped an nibbled grass, her eye was soft, and she was just a good horse!
Journey is so full of spunk and stink I bet my first ride back on her will be very thrilling ...I need to clone 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