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post #21 of 29 Old 01-12-2013, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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oh also the temperature was in the upper 40's and he had a little swae ton his chest,under saddle, and under girth;but he was only lightly warm to the touch.the terrain was varried, there were open fields,hills( big and small), rocks, and several stream with one of them up to the top of his legs/ belly; and he trotted through sll of it. im very proud of him,when we finished he was still happy and wanted to keep going,when i let him go in the field at home he was bucking and galloping with one of his buddies, so i say he still had some energy left in him:)
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post #22 of 29 Old 01-12-2013, 09:13 PM
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I didn't read all the posts because there's a lot of info just about endurance there and I just want to deal with the original breed question, plus the bit that Joe4D said about walking. Let me tell you about the Fjord that was at the training ride I went to last year:

This little guy was heavy, swaybacked, and his feet were overdue for a trim. I saw that a young teen or maybe tween was going to be riding him, so I stayed mum. I really, REALLY wanted to question that this horse should be going on the ride at all. But he wasn't lame, he was alert and responsive, passed the vet check so...

Talk about put me to shame on my Standardbred :) That little guy walked so fast I had to trot my 15h horse every couple dozen yards to stay with him. He WALKED at least 6 mph, no kidding. He could walk the entire trail and come in well in the time alloted without any exertion whatsoever! Plus, my girl ended up lame because she wasn't used to the type of rock on the trail, so we bowed out.

So, yes a Fjord can do it and yes some horses can do it at a walk the whole way and not be exerted at all.
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post #23 of 29 Old 01-13-2013, 07:21 PM
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That is so awesome! That gives me even more assurance about my Haflinger! :)
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post #24 of 29 Old 01-13-2013, 09:47 PM
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JillyBean19 has great advice. I agree completely, especially about going to an endurance event to VOLUNTEER before you get too deeply into your training. Hang out with the vets for a day and the stuff they teach you will save you effort and anguish.

Also, 'tis the season for regional and national endurance conferences. If you are able, go to one--an excellent learning opportunity, and you also get to meet people when they aren't tugging on a leadrope!

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post #25 of 29 Old 01-13-2013, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, I definitely plan on volunteering at a few,I found that there is a endurance group in my area so I will contact them are my times/ numbers are ok? Should I have kept him at a slower pace?
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post #26 of 29 Old 01-13-2013, 10:54 PM
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Sends good so far! however, the pulse aren't going to tell you much after such short intervals. The key is measuring fatigue, which takes tone to build. keep going for about thirty or forty five minutes straight, then give him about ten minutes walking to cool down and then take his pulse. If you're still getting similar numbers, then you're doing great. If he's not coming down after you cool him down, then you need to take it slower or go less time.
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post #27 of 29 Old 01-13-2013, 11:07 PM
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If you take his pulse immediately after you stop trotting (before you cool him down), don't be alarmed if his heart rate is above 90 or even 100 bpm. Anything under around 150 keeps you in aerobic exercise, which is what you're going for (this is where a heart rate monitor is useful in conditioning for longer races - you can make sure you're keeping the heart rate at an aerobic level rather than moving into anaerobic (usually above 170 bpm), which can lead to problems if kept up for too long. This is why it's important to cool down, but not for too long, since you need them to come down within a reasonable time and still have an accurate measure of fatigue.

I found an excellent article where I got the bpm numbers and it's all about measuring fitness by heart rate and is featured on a site specifically for distance riders. I didn't read the whole thing, but definitely plan to since it looks like really good info!
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post #28 of 29 Old 01-14-2013, 07:30 AM
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What a beautiful horse! I don't see why, with proper traing, he can't do endurance. Ancient breed, very hardy, thrifty, and great feet! Don't over feed with concentrates and keep barefoot (boots when needed) and you will do fine!! Keep us posted !! Gorgeous!
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post #29 of 29 Old 01-26-2013, 08:08 PM
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I have been seriously contemplating training for and competing in an Endurance race with my my Tennesee Walking Horse and this advice has given me a good idea of where to start. Thank you, and good luck with your Fjord!!
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