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        01-26-2013, 06:35 PM
    Interested in getting started


    I'm interested in getting started in Distance Riding and would like to know whatever you all can tell me about it!

    First of all a bit about my horse: She is an 11 year old registered QH, standing 15.1 hh, typical QH body, stocky, good bone, good feet (doesn't wear shoes, sometimes hoof boots), great mind. I bought her as an un-started 3yr old and have used her mostly for barrel racing, pole bending, team penning and trail riding. She will go anywhere and do anything. She is quite quick as a rule but not stupid hot.

    And about me: I began riding english as a young child, in Pony Club, showing hunter ponies then began eventing as a teenager. I loved cross county and show jumping. I started racing in my 20's and never looked back at the english world. I have shown and ridden everything from pleasure to penning and loved it all. I'm looking for a new challenge. I enjoy going on long adventures on my mare and I think I would enjoy distance riding.

    Would it be ok to start out using my barrel saddle? It is light weight and small, fits well and is very comfy.

    Are you judged at all on the trail or just by where you place at the finish line?

    I don't know much, so gimme all you got

    Thanks everyone!
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        01-26-2013, 07:19 PM

    Here's a pic so you can get an idea of her conformation... I know it's not a great one, sorry!
        01-26-2013, 10:48 PM
    If your tack fits, then it should be fine to use. You aren't judged on how well you ride or anything while on an endurance ride, however the health of your horse is periodically checked at mandatory vet checks. They test heart rate, soundness, etc. to make sure each of the horses is not being injured or worked too hard.

    Some of the more experienced members will probably chime in here soon, but that's what I know for now. :-D

    Good luck! Your horse is lovely!
        01-26-2013, 11:58 PM
    Well, as far as I'm concerned, you pretty much covered it grayshell! Not much more to say about those questions. There are multiple threads on here about how to get started, so I won't duplicate those here. A lot of excellent questions have come up and been answered thoroughly - I'd suggest reading through all the threads on here.

    And yes, I mean read as many of these as you can - there are a lot of aspects involved in endurance riding, and it's easy to miss something you didn't even think to ask about, and oftentimes the threads end up touching on something that the original post wasn't referring to.

    Welcome to the addicting world of endurance!

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