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    02-19-2007, 10:49 PM
Crackrider's Endurance Training!!!!!

Hey!! I just found this section and have been looking round and thought i'd start my own. Here goes!!!!

A friend of mine organised a group of all her other friends(who were all mostly nervous/beginner riders) to come and go on a tril ride with us at our endurance stables.
All up there were 10 endurance horses! And 7 others.
We had a bit of to\rouble to start with cause a couple of the endurance horses are really competitive and wanted to be out front. So we had a few bucks and a bit of prancing before everyone settled down and started to enjoy themselves (people and horses!)

The horse I rode was an angel......until he realised where we were going and then he started to jog and he wouldn't STOP!!!! So we ended up jogging all the way when just about evreyone else walked!! But I love him anyway!!!

Everyone was releived when no one fell of or got seriously injured!! (although one guy did get kicked pretty hard in the leg!! Ouch!!)

Well I gotta go so i'll write more later!
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    02-20-2007, 04:29 AM
Hey!! I'm back. I didn't get time to finish off my last post so i'm here to finish now!!

Today I went and rode my horse, Trigger (his real nam eis Tregenza). He's just been moved to a new place closer to where I live so it's easier for me to ride him more often.
Anyway, I rode him on sunday at his new home for the first time and he strode out like he had lived there all his life and knew exactly where he was going!!
We did a 7km track on sunday and again today. We did it in an hour which is slow for endurance training but I had 2 green broken horses riding out with me and you can't rush them!
Trigger came in with a heart rate of 53bpm and came down to 42bpm in 10min. What a good boy!!
We've also been practiceing getiing Trigger to go into the TPR bays which are 2 horizontal poles next to each other for the horses to stand between while they get vetted at rides.
Trigger took a bit of convincing to go in at first but with lots and of pats and reassurance he went in. He's now walking in and out as if he was a pro!! That's my boy!!!
Another thing we've been working on is taking temps of the horses. Trigger was such a good boy again! Instead of clamping his tail to his bum he lifted his tail out of the way!!! And then stood there as if nothing was happening! The other mare we tried to do didn't like it one bit and was kicking out! Bad girl!

That's it for today. I'll write agian in a few days or sooner if something interesting happens!
    02-20-2007, 10:44 PM
Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr you told me that at lunch already 8)
    02-25-2007, 10:48 PM
Hi!!! Ok, i've got a fair bit to tell you guys so i'll get started by telling you that I went to an endurance ride this weekend at a place called Maryvale in Queensland. I went to do a 20km training ride but ended up doing a 40km training ride instead (which my horse wasn't quite fit enough for but i'll get to that later) There were 6 horses and riders from my team doing the 40km including me. Only myself and another girl had ever done an endurance ride before. All the others were doing their first ride EVER!! :)
We started at 5:30am (just on daylight). We got about 20km into the ride and I got kicked!! We were cantering along and the horse in front of me (one of our team) suddenly stopped and I couldn't pull my horse up fast enough and we ran into the horses rump. The horse lashed out with one leg and caught me on the knee OUCH!!and then lashed out with both legs and got me right on the shin!!! REALLY OUCH!!! :(
I kept going and eventually I forgot about it until we finished when it REALLY started to hurt!!! :( :(
Then to top it all off my horse decides to go straight through a gigantic branch that I didn't see in time!! And when I did try to go around my horse was to preoccupied with going the shortest way!! (which was through the branch!) MORE BRUISES!!! I lost a stirrup and trotted about half a km with one stirrup before I managed to stop to get it back. I was sure I was going to come off!!
The track we rode on was really hard. It had heaps of really steep hills but it was still a great ride.
One of the girls in my team lost a shoe and had to get a farrier to come before she could continue.
Anyway after all this we managed to finish at 9:18am which is a really good time for a training ride!
And then after all the trouble I had I vetted out beacuase my horse had a heart rate of 61bpm when he had to be 55bpm or under! Not quite fit enough!! Another horse in our team vetted out becuase of her heart rate (i'm not sure what it was) and she also tied up in her rump. Bummer! Everyone else got through the vetting with no problems.
I also did the TPR (Temperature, Pulse and Respiration) course at the ride. I can now officially take a horses Temp, pulse and respiration beofre they see a vet at a ride!!
I was also awarded top scores on my theory and pracitacl tests.

I met heaps of people and caught up with others that I hadn't seen since last year some time!! :) 8)

I think that's it for now so i'll write again another day!
    02-26-2007, 02:52 AM
Oh, an udate on my leg from when I got kicked!

I woke up this morning and could hardly move my leg!! OWWWW!! It's also still bleediing a bit but I think that's from me walking around and pulling on the muscles and making it bleed. Mum says she's going to take me to the doctors tomorrow if it's not looking any better. :( :( I hope I haven't chiped a bone or somthing like that!! That would put me out of riding for a while!! :(
    03-05-2007, 10:48 PM
My leg is getting better now. I can walk without it bleeding or hurting. It's just really tender to touch.

I rode Trigger on Thursday and Friday after he had a good rest after the ride on the weekend. We went out on our own for the first time in ages and for the first km all he wanted to do was turn around!! :( :( So every 3 or 4 steps he'd spin around and then when I tried to turn him he'd do these little half rear things. But after a while he realised I wasn't going to let him get away with turning around and he gave up!! :) He still does it but not as much and it is only half hearted as if he just making sure I still won't let him go home.

I came out to ride him today and as he walked up to me in the paddock I noticed he had lost a shoe. NOOOO!!!! :(
The farrier is coming on Wednesday afternoon to shoe him again so I can't ride him until then which will put our training behind.
So instead of riding Trgger out, I helped a lady that was breaking in a pretty grey arab mare. The mare has had somethng done to her when somone else tried to break her and now she doesn't trust very easily and won't stand still once someone is on her. We think she is afraid to let the rider off because of remebered pain and fear. She prances on the spot when you finally get he to stop and as soon as the rider moves she either threatens to buck or starts walking forward again.
Well, today we actually got her to stop and stand still for a minute or two. By moving slowly and talking calmly I got her to stand and let me pat her until for some reason she had to move again. But it's progress!!!
    03-07-2007, 04:15 AM
I have some really shocking news!!
I found out this afternoon that Renae's (the lady I train with) husband, Robert was taken to hospital yesterday night and diagnosed with Leukemia!!! It's a really big shock because he was a really healthy looking guy and he was really active and it just seems so unreal!! I was shaking when I got off the phone! I haven't seen Renae yet but I bet she is really upset and I have offered to help out any way I can.
And to top that off I was given the news that my endurance coach's mum had been given 3 months to live!!! Her kidneys failed and she is refusing treatment! It's really sad because somone close to me died because of the same thing only a few months ago. :( :(
But I understand why really active people can't stand to live out the rest of their days in a hospital bed not having the energy to get up.
:( :( :( :( :(
    03-08-2007, 02:08 AM
I got home form school today and went to get changed to go riding. I was planning to do a fast 17km. I had just got changed when it started sprinkling! ARGH!! I decided to go anyway and just wear an oilskin but when I had my boots on it started to pour!! ARRRGH!! I was soo annoyed!! We need the rain but the amount we ended up getting wasn't enogh to even make the grass green!!
I'm really disapointed because I need to do more work on Trigger so he is fit enough to do another 40km ride in a week and a half!
Oh well, i'll ride him tomorrow (it better not be raining then! )

Also tomorrow and saturady my local show is on. I have to work saturday morning but i'm going to watch the showjumping on saturday afternoon. I could watch horses for hours no matter what they are doing!!
    03-15-2007, 11:44 PM
Yesterday after work I went to the local show and watched the show jumping. There were some AWESOME horses!!! Really beautiful!!! Most of them were really good jumpers from what I could tell but don't ask me about the riders! I wasn't paying attention to them! I was watching the horses!!! LOL!!!

Today I got up early and went and rode Trigger with Renae and her little grey mare. We rode 26.5km. It felt like 40km!!! I was stuffed when we got back!!! :) and to make it worse it got really hot near the end. 8) We rode most of it at a trot.
Trigger behaved perfectly and made me love him even more!!
We didn't know how far it was when we started so afterwards we drove it and measured it! I was disapointed it wasn't longer!! It sure felt longer! LOL!
THe only problem we had was when I saddled up. I tied Trigger up as usual in tbhe usual place and had him saddled when I turned to get his bridle and my helmet. I heard the sound of hooves on gravel and turned around to tell Trigger to stand still. All I saw was Trigger Balanced on the base of his tail and starting to fall over backwards!! I rushed over as he got up and checked him over. I couldn't find any cuts or scrapes so I walked him around and then trotted him out while Renae watched to see if he was lame or stiff. He wasn't thank god!!! I got on him carefully and rode him around then got off again to make sure nothing was hurting him. He was moving fine except he had his tail clamped to his bum. We figured he had bruised his bum a bit. So when we finally did head out we went really slow to start with to make sure he was alright. He went fine and after a few minutes he relaxed his tail back to its normal postion. :)
What had happened was when he was tied up he pulled back and the clip of the lead rope broke. The snap of the lead breaking over balanced him and he reared and went over backwards. Thank god the only damage was a few scratches on the saddle!!! :)
Now i'm going to be really paranoid about it happening again!
    03-16-2007, 07:07 AM
Hi again!!!
Tomorrow i'm off to another endurance ride! YAY! This one is at a place called Nanango. Trigger isn't going to this one. :( Our team truck doesn't have enough room. As it is there are 7 horses from our team going and a girl from our team has got another man's horse to ride there. I'm not sure if i'm going to be riding yet or not. But our coach/trainer has told me to bring my saddle and gear because I might find someone there with a spare horse to ride. I hope so!!! I'm hoping to do the 80km ride. If I don't ride i'll help strap for the team.
I'll let you guys know how it goes!

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