I can't do it right now as I have two senior inside dogs to take care of...but eventually I would like to have a dog that can go the distance, accompany me on trail rides so my solo rides don't seem so---well--- solo. The one time that I had a neighbor's dog with me I really enjoyed (Phebes wasn't amused *LOL*) my ride and the antics of the dog. I also felt it was a good thing for her to learn that YOU DON'T RUN FROM THE DOG. The dog popping in and out of the brush, leaping into the creek, and just being a buddy was darned awful nice. But alas, he wasn't my dog! My boxer dog is up there in years, I think he will be ten this year which is old for a dog whose life span is normally eight to ten years. He'd love to go, but it would just be to hard on him at this age.
My thoughts on breeds would be to acquire an australian cattle dog (my friend Barb had one that used to go with us on long rides awesome breed), australian shepherd, or a lab mix, or maybe a short haired mutt. I wonder though how you get a dog that you know if you take him into the woods, that he won't jump a deer...never to be seen or heard from again? Especially if you travel and ride in various parks. How do you train the dog to stick with the horse and rider? Are some breeds better at that than others? ~E.G.
Discipline: LD/Endurance, CMO, Trail Rider, Cartoonist, Writer, Co-Director/ Green Bean Endurance
Favorite Links for training, gear, and memberships!
- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
- HOW TO CMO
- What is CMO?
- Old Dominion Endurance Rides
- Renegade Hoof Boots
- Riding vs. Racing a discussion with the Duck.
- Trumbull Mountain's INTRO TO ENDURANCE RIDING
- Principles of Conditioning
- Conditioning the endurance horse by SERA
- Short Article: Feeding & Training the Endurance Horse
- Feeding the Endurance Horse, Swedish Author
- Preventing Dehydration In the Endurance Horse, Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association
- Jim Holland's fantastic training links here!
- South Eastern Distance Rider's Association