Hi everyone! I'm Shannon and as the title says, new! I live in southwest FL and literally nobody (that I have discovered) rides endurance near me. The farthest south ride is about 45 minutes away and when I went the turnout was kinda low and most of them were from farther north. So if anyone is by me please let me know I'm not alone lol!
I am 25 and have been out of riding for the past seven years. I had my old QH for seventeen, he died last march at the age of thirty one. I have done all kinds of shows from dressage to rodeo and I always had the most fun out on the trails. For years I have dreamt of being able to do endurance and finally, starting may I take a 6 yo Arab gelding on trial! I'm very excited and even get to participate on a fun ride with him before I bring him home.
So all in all I'm glad to be here and look forward to meeting everyone and being involved! I've already had a good time browsing past topics. And since all posts are better with pics here's one of my soon to be new guy!
Welcome to the forums and welcome to Endurance! I'm a Endurance newbie myself (been on one ride and am already addicted), but have found people in the Endurance world, both in these forums and elsewhere, to be very helpful.
Horse, thou art truly a creature without equal, for thou fliest without wings and conquerest without sword. - The Qu'ran
Thanks for the welcomes! Houston, you are not kidding. I have been floored by the generosity, fortitude and general kindness exhibited by endurance people. I came into contact with my mentor randomly, I emailed an Arab farm asking if they knew of anyone who might have a horse for me. She offered me to ride one of her personal horses in an LD that weekend, me, a total stranger via email. The ride manager was equally as forthcoming. Really though, everyone there was just so supportive and plain nice.
I kept in contact with my mentor and she mentioned a gelding she had that might work for me. She thought she had found a home for him previous but instead he sat in a pasture for two years untouched.. And extremely underweight. She invited me to visit her 1,100 ranch to meet him and her 35 other horses. I decided I liked the guy, and he's the one in the pic!
Just for fun here's a pic of me riding at my first LD. This should be obvious but do not attempt to ride 30 miles if you haven't ridden in seven years. My ankles divorced me and took the alimony after fifteen, I still tried the second loop and ended doing a zig when my horse did a zag and well.. It hurt lol. Oh and of course he had to be 16hh!
Welcome and that's a nice looking grey horse you have.
Endurance is addictive! In the horse world, I found endurance people most friendly and open-minded to learn, share knowledge and experiment in every aspect: tack, feeding, training, hooves etc.