I personally ride a purebred Arab, so I can't share my own horse. However, I'd like to share this horse, ridden by a friend of mine and a veteran in the world of endurance. This is posted on the Flashback Endurance Ride Facebook page, which is honoring past endurance horses by posting pictures and descriptions:
Moka's Pat a Dot - 1986 Race of Champions
Appaloosa gelding - 5515 endurance miles
Karen Bumgarner, owner and rider
Speedy was a 15.3 hand Appaloosa gelding that everyone though was too big for endurance. He went on to complete 22 out of 22 - 100 mile races, of which 5 of them he won. He received 7 Best Condition awards in his career. In 1986 he completed 1320 miles and 7 - 100 mile races. Speedy had a 100% completion rate in his endurance career.
That is a gorgeous horse... his overall conformation is lovely, so it sort of makes sense that he was able to do well despite naysayers.
I don't currently compete, but I sure hope to start to get into some endurance with one of my Kiger Mustangs soon. I'm one of those people who will be pleased as pie just to complete the shorter courses with a happy healthy horse.
I don't compete yet, but I plan on spending this year working to condition me and my 5 year old Tennessee Walking Horse. My goal is to get us into a 25 miler by 2014, I'm not expecting to win it, but would love to finish in time.
I got interested in Endurance when I noticed my horse could be on a trail in a working walk/gait for 3+ hours without breaking a sweat. My main goal is to keep him happy and healthy, if at any time his body can't handle this or he isn't enjoying it, we will quit. Currently he loves riding and gaiting out for hours, so I'll start pushing him a little bit and see what we can do :)
Missy and Willy, out for a canter. It was -22 in this picture and the horses were very frisky. Both of them are OTTB's, the mare broke her leg as a two year old, then went on to become a successful 25 miler, winning several rides, then a stellar brood mare. In this picture the mare is 21 and the gelding(closest to camera) is 22, both 100% sound.
I am hoping to HAVE an atypical endurance mount within a couple years, my TB mare.
She has the endurance personality. She is so forward, spooks VERY little, especially for a four year old TB, and loves being out and about. Loves going on off-property rides.
We are hoping to do some LDs soon, maybe the end of the year.
Her conformation is far from perfect. If she can't do it physically, we won't, but I feel like we should at least try.
Last SE LD was won by a TB.
LD's started out as training rides but in the SE region they are very competitive, seem to be seeing either taller than normal arabians or TBs. I am so tempted to get a TB and make it a dedicated LD horse. They are frikking everywhere for sale around me, dirt cheap. As opposed to One arabian 4 sale 4 hours away.
Ideally for me Id like either the right Anglo, or NSH... I really do need to beg borrow or steal a WTC horse and see if my knees can physically handle it. Only one I really have acsess to is my GF's TB who is actually coming right along as an LD horse. Great horse for her, but he is straight up mean, don't think we would get along.