I'm motivated, but still quite new to horseback riding. I'm currently taking lessons twice a week in general Western riding and have been riding continuously for a year. A dream of mine is to be an Endurance rider.
Right now my resources are limited; I am about to lease the awesome little quarter horse I've been riding since I trust him and we've taught each other A LOT. But he's no Arabian. He'll do anything but he doesn't have the speed and probably not the endurance (although he's not conditioned for it yet) to compete seriously.
Within the next three months me and my instructor are going to be working on trail. Walking, jogging, loping, uphills, downhills, etc. And she and I both want me to get to the point I can do this by myself comfortably.
I would LOVE advice for getting into this sport. I recently met a couple who is serious into Endurance riding. I want to accompany them or help them out on a ride but I don't know how to approach them about it. They are nice, but I've only met them once.
Aside from some light reading and watching videos, I'm quite clueless on what it really takes aside from a lot of work. With the horse I'll be riding, I don't plan on going far but I do want to use him to introduce me to the sport and give me a better idea on what it's about before I make a commitment and get my own Endurance horse.
A few questions I have: Are there any good reading materials on Endurance (online or in books)? Does a QH have a chance or is this a sport really dominated by Arabians? When conditioning, how do you know what is too much and what is not enough? Any other comments or advice is greatly appreciated!
Oops... I rambled. Sorry.