This week, I worked with two horses who have been training to compete in tomorrow’s Old Dominion Endurance Ride—one of the two most celebrated ERs in the country. Thunderbolt and Tinkerbelle were my first clients of the discipline, and their owner was a wealth of information about ER: she described the rigors of the training schedule, the science of pacing, the importance of nutritional planning, and the sundry meticulous details that go towards preparing horse and rider for the demands of a 25, 50, 75, or 100-mile ride. Consider this revealing slogan of the American Endurance Ride Conference: “To finish is to win.” Phew!
Thunderbolt and Tinkerbelle will be riding in the Limited Distance division of the OD (where “limited distance” means a full 25 miles!), and their owner looks forward to working up to a 50-mile endurance ride in time. Thunderbolt and Tinkerbelle’s massages were designed to support the good training and muscularity they’ve established in the months of preparation for this event. After this weekend, they’ll certainly have earned another massage apiece!
Good luck to them both as they pace the miles, and have a great weekend, everyone!