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        07-04-2013, 02:34 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    Different rules concerning completions, ride time and pulse downs, also a 35 will most likely have the same holds as the 50, so higher percentage of non riding time counting against you. Compared to an endurance 50 a 35 mile LD is a very tough ride.
    Basically you and a buddy, him riding the 50, you could come in 30 minutes over time on pulse down, but buddy would still have 3 hours to cover the last 15 miles, and then get an additional hour to cool off and pulse down.
         
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        07-04-2013, 07:54 PM
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    Started
    Do you have trail enough to try 15 or so miles at a trot? That is the best way to see if you and the horses are ready for endurance. I have never used a heart monitor, but I have always ridden horses that I have raised, so I know them well. If the horse is dragging, you know they are not ready. Perky (or in my usual case, still spooking), ready to go!

    Good Luck!

    Nancy
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        07-05-2013, 12:17 AM
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    Yearling
    I have some but there's not good mile markers. I have an app though that counts miles and measures speed.
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        07-06-2013, 05:24 PM
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    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by hisangelonly    
    he doesn't have a top line right now of course but does a fully fit top line and neck muscle matter a lot in endurance? Does a ewe neck affect them at all?
    While having a horse that uses his back appropriately normally leads to a nice topline and neck, not having one is not necessarily a deal breaker.

    My mare has a ewe neck, but she goes down trail using her back with no issues, and I am lazy and would rather be out on trail than schooling.. so ewe neck it is. :)
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        07-06-2013, 06:01 PM
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    Yearling
    Lol that's a relief to hear. This would be my everything horse. My endurance, barrels (play day) and maybe eventer. He's only 10
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        07-12-2013, 11:10 AM
      #16
    Foal
    I know I am kinda late on this thread and I did not read all the comments, so not sure if what I am about to say has been said before. LOL.

    Just about any healthy, sound horse can do LD's. It takes a little more for a 50, but I have seen several different breeds do 50's too. If saying he is built like a TB means he is on the leaner muscled side then that is a good thing. That means his heart rates will be better since he won't have so much muscle to cool off. And my guy had a ewe neck when I first got him. He was under weight also, but as he has been gaining weight and muscle it has slowly been going away. He might always have a little bit of one, but I don't care. And you could maybe be competitive on him, it just depends on how he handles the distance riding. I have noticed that the different breeds seem to be in the Top Ten more in the 50's and up than the LD's because of the finish on LD's being when your horse's heart rate drops. And though I have seen other breeds drop as fast as Arabians, it is very rare. It's in the Arabs genes to do this, they accel at this sport, so it is hard to compete with them. But like I said I have seen some other breeds do it. I wish you and your horse the best of luck and hope you have tons of fun!!!
         

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