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        05-22-2013, 09:31 PM
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    Weanling
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    Then ditch the idea of doing more than trailrides. Simple as that.
    How should he ever go long distance if he doesn't have the lungs and heart for it?
    His dies he negotiate uneven, rough terrain when he never learned how to negotiate it first WITHOUT the weight of a rider? Only two questions among many.
    It's a fact the most sure-footed, enduring, tough, fast horses are the ones who grow up and live outside.
    It's not like he is on no turnout he is turned out from 5 am to 6 pm. Ben did not grow up living outside, he was a show horse. So of course he was not turned out, that dose not mean I can't doing some type of endurance riding now.
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        05-22-2013, 11:44 PM
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    Foal
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    Correct. I know several horses that do endurance and are not on 24/7 pasture. It's just not possible for some people. It just means you have to exercise him more. The more he has to negotiate bad footing the better he will get or he could be o e of those horses that you have to do all the thinking on. One of our mares we got off the race track, started her in endurance and she has been doing
    Endurance for
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        05-22-2013, 11:53 PM
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    Foal
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    Correct. I know several horses that do endurance and are not on 24/7 pasture. It's just not possible for some people. It just means you have to exercise him more. The more he has to negotiate bad footing the better he will get or he could be one of those horses that you have to do all the thinking on. One of our mares we got off the race track, started her in endurance and she has been doing
    Endurance for 11 years and she still has horrible footing. I have to do all her thinking for her when it comes to uneven terrain. Lol.

    You will do just fine. On your conditioning rides after you finish, take his heart. Give him 2 to 3 minutes then take his heart rate. As he gets fitter his rate will drop below 64 or 60 pretty fast. My mare hand galloped 4 miles at a competition once and I trotted up untacked her and when the vet took her pulse it was 56. You don't have to do it everytime, do it once a month. Trot up to where you are going to take his pulse, hop down and see where he is at. Good luck!


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        05-22-2013, 11:58 PM
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    Foal
    Goodness. Sorry about my screwed up post. It is really hard to post from a phone! Lol
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        06-21-2013, 12:00 PM
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    Foal
    Sore feet need pads

    Why don't you use pads? I've used them before. I hate the boots b/c they come off at the worst times. Great for a lost shoe, but not as a regular thing.
         
        06-22-2013, 11:32 AM
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    Weanling
    I use the renegades and I only lost a boot once, and it came off in soul sucking mud.
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        06-22-2013, 09:59 PM
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    Foal
    I also use Renegades, and only lost a boot on the first ride when I didn't have them adjusted correctly. Since then I have tested them on rough terrain, suction mud, and fast gallops... and no boot loss. They are amazing!
         
        06-22-2013, 10:06 PM
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    Weanling
    TheOtherHorse, indeed they are. I love mine big time. I just wish they didn't cost and arm and a leg.
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