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post #11 of 36 Old 01-28-2013, 08:06 PM
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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.
Cre-Run Farm is about 90 minutes from you (north of Richmond). They always have ayrabs for sale!


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post #12 of 36 Old 01-28-2013, 09:06 PM
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My race bred TB/Paint mare did one LD last year, and will be doing more this year, maybe even a 50 depending on how it goes. She gets fit very easily and pulses down really fast. I do worry about soundness with those TB legs though, so I take it easy on her.

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post #13 of 36 Old 01-28-2013, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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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.
My horse's knees aren't straight. He's a bit over at the knee. I've raised this concern to other, more experienced riders and I've received the same response every time: "Have you SEEN how crooked some of those Tevis horses are?!"

And, after discussions with endurance riders, I've come to the conclusion that conformation really doesn't count for much in the endurance world. It does matter that they have good legs and feet as far as strength, but beyond that the attitude and metabolic take over. Every horse is different and you need to get to know your horse to be sure nothing is bothering him, but conformation is far from being a disqualifier in the world of endurance.
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post #14 of 36 Old 01-28-2013, 10:29 PM
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Thanks for the encouragement, guys.

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post #15 of 36 Old 01-28-2013, 11:56 PM
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As far as conformation goes, my Appendix QH (whom I mentioned in another thread) is not the greatest. I call him my "franken-horse" ...his nickname is actually "Giraffe". Despite everything, he is a tough old boy and has amazing endurance...I am looking at possibly entering him in a few LD rides this coming summer.



(This photo was taken today...it makes his hindquarters appear deceivingly small. He actually has a pretty big butt, lol)
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post #16 of 36 Old 01-29-2013, 12:17 AM
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Cre-Run Farm is about 90 minutes from you (north of Richmond). They always have ayrabs for sale!
i googled them, not much descriptions on the couple they had, one was $800 maybe a misprint, other was $15,000. for that much the horse would have to get up early and know how to fix me coffee and make breakfast.
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Karma farms colonial Spanish mustangs are excelling in endurance and competitive trail competitions. I want a Spanish mustang. My quarters aren't too shabby at endurance.
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post #18 of 36 Old 01-29-2013, 01:39 AM
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What a beautiful Appy.

I have an ex-endurance racer Comet
He is an Arab cross
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Jasmine my TWH I think would do well in it but we shall see how far I can take her training since we have had so many set backs.

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Id love to endurance race in the future but it might not be for a while
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post #19 of 36 Old 01-29-2013, 09:56 AM
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i googled them, not much descriptions on the couple they had, one was $800 maybe a misprint, other was $15,000. for that much the horse would have to get up early and know how to fix me coffee and make breakfast.
Which were you looking at? Their prices can be a bit wonky to start, but they generally will bargain, esp if they know the horse is going to an endurance home. Looking quickly through the for sale list, I Mak might be something to look at. His momma is a nice, well-built mare with a good brain that she generally passed to her kids. The sire puts good bone on his babies, and I know you want something solid to support your weight. The horse has already been gelded, so don't have to worry about hormones causing issues.

[FYI, I used to work at Cre-Run and that is where Dream was bred.]
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I was hoping a Mule or Donkey rider would've chimed in by now. I LOVE to see them out there kickin' butt.
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