Mostly from a time perspective...not enough hours of free time to hardly do the job!
Phebes: had an hour of work on Sunday, Monday, half hour on Friday, and an hour on Saturday.
Journey: an hour of work on Sunday, 40 minutes on Tuesday, and an hour and a half on Saturday.
Hoping to get a thirty minute sustained trot on each tomorrow.
But we have issues. Journey's saddle is causing dry spots for the first time ever. I believe it is because she is fat from winter and needs to lose a few pounds. I have shims in the front of her pad, so I'm going to pull those and see if it helps. The same saddle (actually was made for Phebes) is giving Phebes huge dry spots on both sides. I used a Crestridge pad that is made sort of like a firm Skito only waffle weave. Will try a simple Coolback pad tomorrow and sure hope the pad changes sort this thing out or I'm in a world of hurt. Though I have plans to purchase a saddle it is in no way in the budget right this very minute...maybe by late Fall. I'm hoping to demo a saddle this summer that is adjustable to fit different horses. I'm in a quandary, because if I spend the money I've saved for OD 2016 on a saddle...I won't be riding OD as the bucket will be empty. If I don't deal with the saddle fit issue, my likelihood of finishing 50's without a very sore back are low. I certainly don't want to do that to my horse, but don't want to give up my goal either. I'll see what tomorrow brings with the pad changes.
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