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
January 24, 2015
What a fun (and very c-c-c-cold) day!
The weather forecast today was 41 and sunny (they failed to mention the particularly stiff arctic breeze blowing all day). I was gifted with a visit from my friend Lida, who came with the intention of riding Phebes. This is not something I'd normally have happen. Phebes like to test the waters too much and does pitch herself a hissy fit now and then, and always...always tests the waters of leadership. Lida is planning on riding a few LD's this year, and initially I was going to put her on Journey, then the team thing happened, which means I need to suck as many safe slow miles as I can out of Journey. For the past few months Phebes has been getting at least one ride a week (albeit brief). Basically if she walked, trotted patterns without a rebellion, we quit. If she pulled out her union card, we hung with it until she re-thought the thing. I won't lie. I was worried she'd have one of "those" days and I'd witness my friend sliding through the mud and horse poop. To make the long story short, she pulled out most of her arsenal. She pinched in her nose, she flipped her head, she bucked, and bucked, and bucked some more. Lida hung with it. She didn't get scared (though I was sort of squinting my eyes a few times) and rode her through it, and out of it (which is what I'd have done), and by the end of the afternoon she was going pretty good on her, which made me quite happy. It is the end of January. We have to get this horse rolling by the first of March. If things go well, and I can hold up to it, I may ride Phebes for some day 2 stuff when Lida is unable to ride her, and get a few extra team miles and give Journey a bit of break here and there (from doing back to back days). Gotta say, Lida sits a bronc...not too bad. ☺