What follows is the "shopping list" for an endurance prospect:
5-7 years old
No history of injury, not on any medication .
A complete history of any illness .
Well under saddle .
Slow trail experience .
Calm & sane (not a reactive type horse) .
All the gears working, walk, trot, canter.
Road safe yep.
Easily loaded, unloaded, and transported on a trailer.
Eats and drinks out on trail.
Good with hoof trimming and handling.
Horse must be willing to go out on trail ALONE without support of other horses.
Registration papers up to date. (To confirm age because I'm not good at that).
Arab crosses I would consider are Standardbred, Appaloosa, Gaited breed, and
I can offer this horse a good home and good care. Talk to me if you have what
I'm looking for.
(just so you know, don't EVER offer a horse you want to buy a good home, it really ticks people off...) Who knew!
This post stirred up a bucket crap on an Indiana trail riders forum today. And I was P-O'd most of the day. Having later put it and the "folks" into context, Phebes and I went trail riding. We are up to an hour and a half at pleasure pace without issue. It was really good for her to walk a while, munch some grass a while, cross a cold flowing creek, and scrabble up a sand bar. We had fun. Phebes deserves that and by jiggity SO DO I.
Tomorrow I test ride the first gelding...
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