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    04-18-2012, 08:20 PM
Originally Posted by Joe4d    
shawneefarms breeds 100 mile winners mostly the newer style thin bodied walkers. Mine started that way and is getting big shoulder muscles. He is 15 hands and I am 220, so far we have done 25's. He can hold 8 mph for 24 miles non stop, we will be doing our first 50 in may. My friend just came in 15th out of 85 at the foxcatcher 50 in Md on a small bodied TWH.

You mean Roberta!! I rode with her for some of the day!

That is Mr Smokey just ahead of us! He is a great boy.
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    04-22-2012, 01:48 PM
I envy you East coast people and your abundant amount of rides and exciting terrain! All we have is grass. And OH LOOK! ...more grass. If you're lucky, you may see a bush. But it's not likely :) lol
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    05-04-2012, 01:28 AM
Gaited horses in endurance

Howdy, This is Keith Kibler of Shawnee Sunrise Farm. Sandy, my super wife are leaving in the morning for a 100 mile endurance ride in the Ozarks. She will be my crew and I will compete on Kate, a 8 year old twh mare. I googled gaited endurance and found this thread so I joined here.
Any gaited horse that is sound and reasonably conditioned can certainly do Limited Distance and most can probably do endurance at the 50 mile distance.
To try and top ten or do 100s is another thing and it is certainly possible but it takes the right horse and thoughtful conditioning and management during the competition.
I am on the aerc membership committee and I view my responsibility there as helping gaited riders who want to try endurance.
We have made lots of mistakes in 67 ride starts ( not counting this weekend) and will share whatever we know or have messed up on with any of you.
Rack on
Keith Kibler
    10-08-2012, 02:26 PM
A KY Mountain placed 7th I believe in Tevis this year, also a Rocky Mtn. Competed. There are some videos of a lady and her TWH competing. I also know someone who competes on a Foxtrotter. Any horse can do endurance I even think a Fjord competed Tevis. Also know of a halflinger that has competed. I'm personally wanting to do some endurance myself and yes looking at gaited horses, with my back and hips I need something smoother although I will always have a special place in my heart for Arabians, I will probably stick with gaited horses.
    10-08-2012, 11:26 PM
Gaited horses in endurance

My wife and I own, train and have owned several mfts and twhs that have competed well at endurance. Although we have done both LD and 100s, most of our competitions have been at 50 miles. So far, our program has had 76 race starts, and 69 completions. TWhs are now the second most used horse in endurance after arabians and part arabians. It is a distant second but still second. A properly trained and well gaited mft or twh that running walks or racks, or even performs a proper foxtrot would be very comfortable for Ld, endurance or even 100s depending upon the horse and the level of training.
The right gaited horse, with the right training can not only do endurance but do it very well.
Keith Kibler
Shawnee Sunrise Farm
Marion IL
    10-16-2012, 05:57 PM
Green Broke
Well I was getting discouraged and about to give up, rode today and things started clicking together. My sugestion is to play with gaits and speeds. TWH A, has a nice relaxed super smooth canter. He does well with a canter/ walk/ canter / walk cycle. TWH B, has terrible canter, just found out today, she does much better with a steady medium speed. Canter her and her HR spikes and doesnt come down.
    10-16-2012, 06:06 PM

Each horse is different and has different "sweet spots" of efficiency. If you want to get started in endurance and need help, I am on the aerc membership committee for that purpose. (of course, I am the gaited rider on the committee) you can contact me directly at

Keith Kibler
Shawnee Sunrise Farm
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    10-16-2012, 09:14 PM
Keith, one of these days you need to come out East and ride! I would love to finally put a face to the name (and the stories I love reading on the New100Milers list). Is the Old Dominion or Vermont 100 on your bucket list at some point?
    10-16-2012, 09:29 PM
Green Broke
Dont know if that last post was directed at me, I am Joe Ford, we chat frequently. BAck on for broxton, had a good training day today
    10-16-2012, 10:17 PM
Hey Joe
I thought it might be you but was not sure from your handle here! Good to hear from you. Don't get discouraged. If this was easy, everyone would do it instead of riding around an arena.
I realized something a while back. You have two choices in this sport, and either one is valid. You can either do everything completely safe and get miles and never take any chances. Most likely, you will have a great completion rate. It will be wonderful, but to me, boring.
You can take risks of using more than one horse, bringing along new ones, trying to do the same ride on the same horse quicker and eventually in some circumstances you will have what looks like "failure". As long as this "failure" is not dangerous to the horse, this is part of the learning curve. I really strive to keep a completion rate above the arabian rate so this is a thin line to walk.
As far as the comment on reading our posts and coming east, THANK YOU VERY MUCH! The truth is I want my wife and I to get to even more rides than we do, but it is very expensive for us. Most rides are at least 1000 miles round trip and I have to be away from my business and keep paying the staff at the same time. My second business is training gaited horses for endurance and then offering them for sale. I don't mean 'prospects" but horses with actual aerc records. So, when we travel , I have to pay someone to tend them.
Hope to get east, but for now it is the midwest and south.
How about you guys?

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