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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Rider Slump

Have you been all charged up for endurance riding and all of a sudden you can hardly put one foot out the door to ride?  Let's examine some possible causes that might be putting a kink in your ride.

  • Can't Fit Rides Into Your Schedule

Sometimes we in the human condition just have too much on our plates.  The timing of things seems to never work out, other things interrupt the ability to get a groove going.  All we see is those long rides looming ...out there, and the time commitment that goes with that long slow distance riding.  It can be overwhelming, trying to fit jobs, educational goals, family time, and fitness all into so many hours in a given day.  The fix?   Actually schedule those long rides.   Talk to family and work about getting your scheduled activities planned ahead.  Once you carve out a date for a long slow distance ride that you know you may spend 3-5 hours on, if you have to schedule PTO for one a month (for the first couple of months), and schedule your short rides as well for a few times a week.   Another alternative is to have someone ride those long rides for you if you have an equestrian friend that has a similar riding style.  Once you are competing, the rides themselves will become your long rides and substitute as conditioning (as well as competition).

  • I'm just freaking tired...
Well---maybe that is true.  Maybe being tired is it in a nut shell.  If so grant yourself a week off.  The sky will not fall.  Cut back your horse's feed, and enjoy some R&R.    Maybe what you are equating to being tired is actually a health or fitness issue.  If your doctor says you are good, then think about walking some uphills with your horse every time you go out, or jogging along on a flat, or whatever physical activity you find most pleasurable to build your stamina.

  • It costs too much!
If you cannot afford to go to many rides, then plan one special ride each season, or two that really get you excited!  Or make a ride your vacation and go somewhere you've never got to ride before.   Or decide to stick with a local ride and plan to do the best you've ever done before.  Think outside the box.

  • My horse has lost her get up and go.

Maybe a week of a R&R would be good for your horse!  Or maybe the horse is trying to tell you they are not feeling well in some way.  Listen and figure it out.    Resolve that thing, and then get back on track.  Talk to other experienced riders and perhaps your vet.  It could be an electrolyte issue, a feed problem, or just a plain old I'm worn out and need to be a horse for awhile thing.  But a horse that is normally eager and now isn't performing well, is communicating.  Listen!

  • I'm over it.
We hope you aren't, but you know what...if you are, that is okay.  Not everything in life is forever, but we hope you'll stay ♥


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