Originally Posted by poppy1356
She doesn't do walking trail rides, she's an arab, walk isn't in her vocabulary.
There is the first thing I suggest you work on. Being an arab has NOTHING to do with being unable to walk on a trail ride.
We have 3 arabs who are seasoned, fit endurance horses and each and every one can and will walk (on a loose rein!) when requested - and this includes alone, in a group, at the start of a ride with 80 horses milling around, or when a rider goes blasting past on trail.
I think you are confusing people with your use of the term "endurance" when you really mean "distance riding." "Distance riding" is a generalized term than incorporates a lot of different versions of the sport, rather like "running" can mean anything from people doing 5Ks to people doing ultramarathons but a "marathon" is a very specific distance of run.
As far as I know, UMECRA recongizes both CTR (competitive trail riding) and endurance rides sanctioned by AERC (American Endurance Ride Conference). Those are actually 2 different types of ride, with different rules and expectations, though its not unusual for an organization to hold dual-sanctioned rides. "Novice" is a CTR term, not an AERC one. Again, goes back to the whole a 5Ker is not a marathoner but they are both runners. Semantics on some level, but using the wrong terminology leads to confusion.