How long do the horses run?

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    07-15-2012, 10:50 AM
How long do the horses run?

How long do horses have to run in the endurance races, and at what speeds?
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    07-15-2012, 11:18 AM
Endurance isn't racing. It's a competition designed to show how physically fit a horse and rider team is.

The length of an edurance competition varies. Some are 35 miles, while the Tevis Cup is 100. Anything less than 35 miles is considered a limited distance ride.

The gait most used during endurance is the trot. Excessive speed is frowned upon, because it's not the fastest team who wins, it's the one most physically fit.
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    07-15-2012, 12:10 PM
Question (and I know nothing about endurance) how do they decide a winner, if its not based on time? How do they decide the most physically fit team?
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    07-15-2012, 12:52 PM
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Umm not quite, Under AERC rules, which sanctions actual "Endurance" An Endurance race is 50 mile or longer. LD's are 25-35 miles usually. They are also every bit a Race.
RACE : a contest of speed, as in running, riding, driving, or sailing.

You start at one point and RACE to another. He who comes in first with a horse fit to continue is the winner. The winner is based soley on time. As long as your horse isnt pulled by the vet. There are some other sports that have other scoring systems that arnt races, these are not properly refereed to as endurance, they are competitive trail. Courses are grueling and even finishing is an accomplishment. SOrta like a marathon. Many are entered for the challenge of just finishing, sorta like me. But they are still timed contests of speed.
There is a side event after the race. The top 10 finishers can stand for best conditioned. This is a formula that takes into account rider weight and condition of the horse at finnish as judged by the vets.

You generally need to maintain 6mph average to finish on time. 5mph will cut it to close on pulse down time. Winners may be doing 15 mph average. That's flat getting it over a 50 mile course.
    07-15-2012, 01:05 PM
How is it tiring for the rider? And how long do these races take? All day?
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    07-15-2012, 01:10 PM
Originally Posted by Splashstorm    
How is it tiring for the rider?
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I don't know about you, but riding 30+ miles would sure make my inner legs feel like they've run more than their shares worth
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    07-15-2012, 01:26 PM
I've never ridden a horse before. Lol is it more tiring than biking?
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    07-15-2012, 01:45 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Splashstorm    
How is it tiring for the rider? And how long do these races take? All day?
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Depends on how fit the rider is. I almost DIED on my first 25 mile CTR. I even got winded posting trot. I went back and conditioned my horse more. In conditioning my horse I conditioned myself. Next ride it was a little easier. By the latter half of the spring season, 35 mile days were nothing. You really notice on the last five miles how fit (or unfit) you are as a rider. I recall the last two miles of my last ride and thinking, "Wow. I could turn around and do it again in reverse." Never felt that good before!

It's all just what you're use to.
    07-15-2012, 02:26 PM
Originally Posted by Splashstorm    
I've never ridden a horse before. Lol is it more tiring than biking?
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Yes. With a bike, you have gears and can sometimes stop pedaling and just coast. The bike is doing the work and you're just a passenger. With a horse, you can't tune out at any moment. You're not just sitting there if you're riding properly. You're using your legs, core and upper body to keep the horse moving at the gait you want, while trying to stay balanced.
    07-15-2012, 02:57 PM
I believe that the 100 mile races have a 24 hour limit.

Some of the 25 mile events allow 5 hours.

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