NATRC ride: done! Relatively successful on all counts.
Additional 15-mile day: check, two long days in a row even!
Canter work: check! Not as much as I’d hoped, but we’re working on it.
I’m finding that my canter seat is better in the dressage saddle and tall boots, so last Thursday we did that and worked on cantering where we could. It’s not clear to me what exactly the differences are; I think I ride more ‘properly’ in tall boots since that was drilled in to me for so long. My theory right now is that I should aim to do one ride weekly in dressage gear to work on my canter issues, with the hopes that it will eventually transfer to endurance tack.
Total May mileage: 117.6. For all that it felt like a lazy, not-doing-anything month.. we still managed to get some solid rides in there.
We’re still settling in at around 25 miles weekly. It works for us – we did *7* miles the week after Mt Diablo, and some weeks are closer to 30. I’d love to back off her physical workload. I know that theoretically I’m probably overtraining. Unfortunately, if I do that.. and I did in December.. I have a very amped-up horse who gets obnoxious, spooky, and naughty.
(The first week of December, we did one ride of 7 miles. The second week, we did two rides totalling 8 miles. The third week she bucked me off.)
– weekly canter work in dressage tack
– get out to Wilder once, if doable in the first two weeks (18-22 miles)
– one speed work weekly (possibly in dressage tack?)
– downhill trotting through some of the Fireworks trail