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