Getting into endurance!
Hello! I dont want to compete or anything but a few gals at my barn decided that they wanted to start doing conditioning rides and in the fall have a endurance race between all of us!
Well Ben is in fairly good shape, needs to lose some weight but I think it will shed off fast.
Before I go any further I wanted to make sure you all know I would never push my horse past his limit, and know when to quit. I am also slowly building him up to longer rides.
Any way after I got Ben warmed up last night, and worked on a few things I decided to take him outside with another horse to do some conditioning along with working on our cross county. He did just fine with walking and trotting up the hills and we popped over a few logs as well. We decided to end the ride with a short trot/canter from the barn to the pond and back. Thats not a long distance, I have had him go further, its maybe 8 min to the pond from the barn, depending on how fast your horse is going. Well Ben did great, he wasnt too winded. But my problem was that he is really tender footed and really unsure footed. I kept having to break into a walk to go over some rougher terrain while the other horse plowed right threw it!
On his off days, where I really hardly do anything, I try to take him out and walk around, go over some more difficult to go threw areas, like short steep hills, slick spots (walking only), then I also go where the ground is not at all even and has a ton of small hills and such.
I just dont know what to do about his tender footedness, would you suggest getting him some kind of hoof boot to wear? I am looking into the Cavello boots, and they seam to have an okay price and look pretty nice. Any trail riders have an experience with this boot? Did it help at all?