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post #1 of 9 Old 04-23-2012, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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My endurance horse

I've started my first proper season this year and have done 3 rides. 33km each.

My horse is 64km fit so this is easy for him, which is showing in his grade one results. However, the pictures from our last ride... he just looks so unhappy doing it. What do you think?

(I know he moves funny, it's just his action and he passed vet checks before and after with flying colours)

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He's number 289.

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post #2 of 9 Old 04-23-2012, 05:47 PM
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post #3 of 9 Old 04-24-2012, 04:33 AM Thread Starter
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It just looks like he is listening to your in the pictures. If he is eager to go, I am sure he enjoys it. My mounted games pony always looked ticked off when we werre competing but she was always exhited to go. My Qh I have now always looks unhappy, even when he is eating he looks unhappy, that's just his look!
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how does distance competition work over there (i am guessing the plymouth you say is your location is plymouth, england)?

Do you guys have to start in the lesser distances and pass some sort of requirements to move up? I have heard some bits and pieces of how things work over there, but never anything direct from the source. Would to know the process!


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how does distance competition work over there (i am guessing the plymouth you say is your location is plymouth, england)?

Do you guys have to start in the lesser distances and pass some sort of requirements to move up? I have heard some bits and pieces of how things work over there, but never anything direct from the source. Would to know the process!
Hi there,

We've started at novice level (my first season) although joe is qualified at advanced level. In novice level you can't do more than 30miles (50ish km) and have to do at least 3 before you can upgrade to open level. I think they take your horses gradings into account to. Ie: if he's not coping to well with the shorter distances, you can't upgrade.

We have to pass a vetting before and after each ride and there are vettings at mid points for the greater distances too. Half way for 40miles etc etc.

20miles is not a challenge for him, and he is probably capable of 40miles at his current fitness... it's just difficult to tell if he's happy doing it after seeing these pictures.

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You can't really judge your horse's attitude to an entire discipline based on a few pictures. To me, it just looks like he's focusing on and listening to you.
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he's not happy. He'd rather be eating grass and laying in the sun. Just the way it is. Looks like your really holding him back in those pictures. Give him some rein and YIppy kai ay.
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post #9 of 9 Old 04-27-2012, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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he's not happy. He'd rather be eating grass and laying in the sun. Just the way it is. Looks like your really holding him back in those pictures. Give him some rein and YIppy kai ay.
This is plan just as soon as my friend's youngster will learn to either go behind or tolerate us up his ass x
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