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.