ridecamp@endurance.net: [endurance] Training Vet Checks--Help!

[endurance] Training Vet Checks--Help!

The Purple Demon (purpl2@teleport.com)
Wed, 13 Sep 1995 16:45:40 -0700 (PDT)


I'm new to this group, and to endurance riding. My horse (Special) is
1/2 Arab, 8 yr old mare. We are currently at about the 25 mile level.
My goal is to do a 50 in the spring, and (hopefully) a 100 by the end of
the summer.

We are now serious enough about training, that I need to start doing
practice vet checks. My questions are: How often do I stop to check
her? I check pulse, resps, temp, cap refill, and for filling above the
fetlocks, am I missing anything? Should I do hold and recheck? And if
so, for how long?

Also, any pointers for training in very hilly areas? I am training her
to consistently trot up hill (or walk), and to always walk downhill. I
also get off and walk up if she's tired, and down if the hill is REALLY
steep. Or, any advice about training on rocky logging roads?

And, I ALWAYS get off and walk her in to cool her off!

Thanks in advance!
purpl2@teleport.com The Purple Demon --,'-@