Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
Hmm... new place and I've been busy. Moved to a new state, new job (sort of anyway) and have some actual endurance peeps at the new barn. My horse has been getting some good conditioning and though we didn't 'finish' the one LD ride we've tried so far we're having a blast with it. We went too fast, and it was hot, humid and hilly, so he took 8 min longer than permitted to pulse down, but vets said they were not at all worried about him since he was sound, happy, well hydrated and had great gut sounds. They suggested more conditioning (and very politely, and correctly, implied smarter riding).
So, next time I am determined to a) ride my own ride rather than letting others influence me to ride faster, and b) not let my horse race so much. I never realized he was the competitive type like that, but holy mother of * did he about dislocate my arms for the first two miles! This is the horse I ride 'english' but normally on a loose rein and all it takes is a couple of ounces of pressure at most to get him to comply. Definitely an eye opener for me.
Today we did some 'sprint work' since I just got some EZ stirrups, wanted to try them out, but didn't have much time in my day. We warmed up in the woods, then trotted the 1km down the lane, cantered back, up the hill, walked back down and repeated about four times.
I LOVE my horse. He is the best horse I could ask for, even if he never does pulse down like an Arabian. He is so willing to do anything, everything, and has such a sweet and eager to work mindset that it makes riding a joy. Canter up a hill is like riding a well controlled rocket- he just gets that QH booty under him and you can feel just how strong he is and how well he can go. Or if I ask him to gallop, he's got that fifth gear and just GOES. But when I want him to come back down, he's soft and willing to do that and settle back down too. So the 'race-brain' during our LD really caught me off guard and unprepared. I will do better, and keep my horse in better condition (maybe despite himself) next time.