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    01-05-2013, 02:32 PM
Green Broke
Where do you ride ? I know several virginia endurance riders, we are all spread out and dot ride together though. So depends on your area, I know a hundred mile top ten winner, and a couple that like to finnish, my GF's daughter has a grade pony about that size that is tough as nails. Pulses down immediately. Pick your rides though. Learn from my mistakes, DONOT go south in the summer, the heavier breeds just can't handle heat.
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    01-05-2013, 11:48 PM
Jillybean, thank you for all this wonderful information,im sorry its taken so long to respond,i have been trying to fuigure how to respond. I will definitely volunteer for a couple rides,i found out that there is an endurance group in the area and I will be joining them:) I still need to get a stethascope and a GPS though.I went on a ride this morning,2 and 1/2 hours, we went at a fast walk with some trotting, our trails are hilly and rocky and we had a 3year old tag along, I don't know how many miles it was but we came back he didnt have any sweat on him and he still had enough energy to run around in the ring and when I let him out in the field he was bucking and galloping.i will try to go out to a park sometime this month to trot the 5 miles,its really flat. As far as getting enough water he's a pretty good drinker, he drinks almost an entire bucket at a time and every time we stopped at a stream he,bareback and a halter, I do that only when we walk only on short trails cause he's so bouncy.thats an awsome picture with the fjords on the beach,id like to try that but there are no beaches any where near us
    01-05-2013, 11:52 PM
Joe4d, I board him in fairfax station and live in springfield.he OK with heat but beause he is heaver its a little harder on him,although we did do a 10 mile ride in the upper 90s but we stayed at a walk for our horses as much as ourselves
    01-06-2013, 01:30 AM
Originally Posted by rileydog6    
2 and 1/2 hours
Opps, meant to say 3 and 1/2
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    01-07-2013, 03:16 AM
Oh my goodness he is a FREAKING ADORABLE!!!!
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    01-09-2013, 05:39 AM
Your Fjord is looking fantastic. I think it would help you out a lot to ride with some endurance riders and see how it goes. It sounds like he may have the mental drive that is necessary to do endurance.

What some people don't realize when they start out is how fast you actually have to ride in order to finish in time. There is not much walking done in an endurance ride, you are trotting and cantering most of the time for a few hours. This is where some of the heavier muscled and draft type breeds lose their motivation and it can become too difficult to push them on even if they are physically able to complete.

Pay special attention to cooling measures for your horse, he will need more help in this area than the lighter breeds.

It may be helpful to time your horse and see how fast he goes trotting for a mile or two. He needs to finish a mile in at least 10 minutes in order to do a 25 mile ride in the 6 hours allowed. When you do the math, that seems to allow for tons of extra time, but the 6 hrs. Includes the vet check, and you would be surprised at how quickly your time gets eaten up by narrow spots, steep downhills, bad footing, water breaks, etc.

The reason this is helpful to know is that some people who have tried to use "non-endurance" breeds have not been able to get their horse to sustain a pace and have had to give up for that reason. If your horse easily does several miles in a half hour, then you know there is a higher chance that you will be able to do endurance.
    01-09-2013, 08:04 AM
Green Broke
Yeh a walk isnt going to finnish. You really need to be able to maintain an average of 6mph, anything slower and you are getting real close to an overtime. You have 6 hours for a 25. But that is from start to final pulse down. In that 6 hours you are going to come into a vet check, untack, cool off pulse down, (assuming all is well 15 minutes) then you are going to get about a 40 minute hold, then head back out, when you are done again you have to un tack and cool off, again about 15 minutes. So for that 6 hours you only have about 4 hours 50 minutes of actual ride time. Factor in at least a couple water breaks, and you need a bare minimum of 5.5 mph to get a completion. Realy work on the canter and trot, and keep an eye at your spped and distance, and pick your first ride carefully. IE flat terrain and cooler temps.
    01-11-2013, 04:34 PM
I am also looking into getting into Long distance riding and competitive trail with my Haflinger. I had some of the same questions, so thanks for this thread because it helped me answer them! :)
    01-12-2013, 12:16 AM
Thank you so much for all the advice everybody! I am taking him to battlefied park tomorrow where there is a lot of flat/rolling hills.I am going totime him at one mile and trot 3-5 miles depending on how he is doing and how my back holds up.I. Have a stethoscope and a mile tracker on my phone,don't know how acurate it is;he will be in a hackamore,leather breastplate,and 13.5 lb aussie saddle.I will let you all know how he does tomorrow
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    01-12-2013, 05:28 PM
Ok, so we went on a long ride and trotted most of it.i timed him for 12 minutes and he did 4.4 miles,his pulse hit 72 and after one minute it came to 64 then after 30 seconds it came down to 60.we then trotted for 20 minutes and covered 8.3 miles, his pulse hit 89, after 1 minute it was 72 after 2min it was 64,then after 3min it hit 60.i was surprised how fast he went and held that pace,he held between 8.5 -9.3 mph the entire time,pretty steadidly at the trot; and he's only 13.2 hands! So..... is this good?

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