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    05-09-2012, 10:17 PM
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Agreed celeste :) when I use it on my guy I take some extra and use it for me plus some aleve lol :p
     
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    05-10-2012, 01:10 PM
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Out of curiosity, how long does everyone go in between competitions? Or what's a typical time frame in between competitions?
     
    05-10-2012, 01:28 PM
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mls
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Originally Posted by wetrain17    
Out of curiosity, how long does everyone go in between competitions? Or what's a typical time frame in between competitions?
I did not compete hot and heavy. Our area tended to have rides every other weekend. I liked that schedule.
     
    05-10-2012, 06:44 PM
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Originally Posted by wetrain17    
Out of curiosity, how long does everyone go in between competitions? Or what's a typical time frame in between competitions?

It depends on the ride and the distance for me.

For 50s, we generally do one a month during the season. My plans for this season have gone a bit awry after the trailer accident last weekend, so I may miss the 50 I had planned for this month and have to do a ride-my-own once Dream has recovered fully.

After a 100, she gets more rest. The plan this season is for the OD 100 in June and then our next ride would be a 6 weeks later (a 50). But even all of that is dependant upon her recovery.
     
    05-10-2012, 11:35 PM
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Originally Posted by phantomhorse13    
It depends on the ride and the distance for me.

For 50s, we generally do one a month during the season. My plans for this season have gone a bit awry after the trailer accident last weekend, so I may miss the 50 I had planned for this month and have to do a ride-my-own once Dream has recovered fully.

After a 100, she gets more rest. The plan this season is for the OD 100 in June and then our next ride would be a 6 weeks later (a 50). But even all of that is dependant upon her recovery.
So sorry about that accident It is the big fear when trailering, someone hitting the horse trailer...

I was curious about Dream's "rest" period. Do you mean you don't ride at all for 10 days? Or did you mean light riding or arena work, but no long rides? I am vey curious because of conditioning issues...
     
    05-11-2012, 09:06 PM
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Originally Posted by AnitaAnne    
I was curious about Dream's "rest" period. Do you mean you don't ride at all for 10 days? Or did you mean light riding or arena work, but no long rides? I am vey curious because of conditioning issues...
I mean I don't ride at all (or longe or any other work of any kind). She hangs out in the pasture being a horse.

While there isn't much research on horses, there is a lot of research on human distance athletes that show the rest period between workouts is just as important (some even say more important) than the training periods. If you don't give the body the time to properly rebuild what you have just torn down in training, the end result is weaker.
     
    05-17-2012, 05:03 AM
  #17
Foal
Joey is a seasoned endurance horse now and our crewing techniques seem to work well.

After a ride he gets 1 day off at pasture for each 10miles that he's completed. He is fed arnica and an arnica gel is applied to any sore / tight muscles. This is normally not necessary though.

He sometimes loses weight if we've had to travel a long way to the ride. So his feed is increased for a few days. And he also gets electrolytes a few days before and after each ride.

He has a thermatex rug which he wears while waiting for the vetting - it's important that he doesn't shiver.

To be honest, if the horse is fit enough for the work you ask, he wont need a lot extra compared to normal. X
     
    06-03-2012, 12:29 AM
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Originally Posted by mildot    
What kind of routine do you follow? Leg and joint care (liniments, bute, etc)? Post ride bath? Hoof care (poultice)?
I noticed you included bute in there. Someone was actually asking about this at one of the rides I volunteered with. Basically, you are not allowed to compete with any sort of pain meds in the horse (though YOU on the other hand may want to take some before the ride to deal with the soreness and effort!). If your horse needs bute (before OR afterward), he shouldn't be competing at that level. And I doubt you'll pass the vet check.
     
    06-03-2012, 02:25 PM
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There is no pain killer that will mask lameness in a 100 mile race. You are correct about not passing the vet check jillybean. If he needs bute, he needs rest.
     

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