Hey everyone! I am super interested in endurance riding. I didn't even know people did that until 2 months ago, but it sounds like a lot of fun. I have one 13 year old Arabian and one half Arab that is 10 and just now being trained. The thirteen year old is nervous and spooky, but he is improving immensely. He was beaten into submission by the people that trained him so we are working through that together. Some days he is still nervous and other days he is perfect. I think the more he sees me as his leader and trusts me the more he will improve. He is a complete doll though. He is soooooo sweet.
Point is, neither of them have seen a trail in their life. I just want to know if it's a realistic goal to aim for, maybe with my 13 year old doing an endurance ride at the end of this coming summer, and the summer after that with my 10 year old? I think I read somewhere that it takes three months to condition them, which is not a problem because I'm already working on that. The thing I am worried about is getting them used to trails and things. What methods did you guys use to get your horses ready mentally for trails first, and then the endurance? I am thinking about clearing a short trail in the woods beside my house to go on, but it would be SUPER short. Like a 5 minute walk. I'm not sure that that is even worth it, or will translate to an endurance type ride.
Also what was your first endurance ride like?