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    04-24-2013, 08:13 AM

My friend and I are going to bring our horses to a 30 mile endurance race for fun! It'll be our horses first actual shoe, though we have brought them to a few shows. Is it to late to start training if its at the end of June? I've ridden my horse ten miles and he's barely sweating.
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    04-24-2013, 09:16 PM
Not an expert by any means seeing as I just started looking into this a couple of days ago. But since no one has replied yet and I've been doing a lot of reading I'll offer what I've come up with.

Endurance.net say to go from pasture fat to LD ready you need at least 2 months of good training 3-4 days a week. Go to the Learn section of endurance.net to see exactly what they say a good training schedule would be. It doesn't matter how much your horse is or is not sweating. It all comes down to heart rate. Your horse has to be able to "pulse down" to the required heart rate at the vet stops during the race. If he can not you will not be allowed to continue.

The most common thing I've found on endurance related sites is making sure that you know the rules, your horse is in shape, and that you and the horse have the proper manners and etiquette before attending your first race.

Like I said, this is just what I've gleaned from the last two days of reading on the subject. It seems like endurance is fun but not to be jumped into lightly. I plan on attending a race with out my horse this spring just to chat with people the day before the race and see how things are run. That way I'm not totally lost and standing around with a horse wondering what to do next. I'm just a little more comfortable doing it this way. But to each his (or her) own.
    04-25-2013, 12:08 AM
Yeah, thanks! I've been to the shows before , just ever actually showed my own horse!
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    04-25-2013, 01:21 AM
By show are you meaning and endurance race? I guess I'm a little confused by your use of "show". I didn't understand that you had been to an endurance event. I thought you had taken your horse to a few horse shows, not necessarily endurance. Guess you know the ropes then. Have fun.
    04-25-2013, 02:07 AM
A 30 mile endurance race is not a show. And it certainly is not something to enter just for fun without a lot of preplanning and conditioning.
You need to educate yourself on endurance as a sport. It is a test of both horse and rider and can be harmful to the horse if not properly conditioned for such an event even at the limited distance. It is not just a nice trail ride.
I hope you will research this a lot more before entering. It is exciting and rewarding but it is a serious event.
    04-25-2013, 08:05 AM
Yeah I know, I have been. And I do condition him, we do other things to.
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    04-25-2013, 08:22 AM
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No idea on the condition of your horse or the conditions of the ride you are attending. You can judge based on heartrate, you need to get out and ride 15 miles at a 7-9mph pace minimum. When he can do that and pulse down to 60 in 15 minutes or less he's probably ready for a LD ( limited distance) actual endurance is 50 + miles . Ride under those trail and weather conditions. Keep in mind warmer temps and tougher terrain can change that. This is pretty much where I am after 9 months of training a TWH,,, obviously not an ideal breed so needs more work. And I still have to pick my rides and wont be doing any over 80 degrees. Hoping as condition improves we can move up in distance and speed.
The thing you also need to realize is Cardio gets in shape first, but bones, ligaments and tendons last. So rushing into it can get you a horse that pulses down, but comes up lame . Takes time to build up connecting tissues to the rigors of all day trotting, loping,, or run/walk and rack.
So to answer your question, it really depends on what kinda shape the horse is in now, what breed and build, and what the terrain and weather will be like on your chosen ride.
I strongly sugest geting the book endurance 101 you can download a kindle version. Really good lighthearted easy to read book. Welcome to the sport, now yippy kai ay, Let's ride !
    04-25-2013, 08:25 AM
He's a quarter horse and I still have to look into the race more. He's in food shape yet, he'd run all day if id let him lol.
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    04-25-2013, 08:48 AM
Is this the horse in his 20's that you've just started conditioning?
    04-25-2013, 08:53 AM
I haven't just started conditioning, that'd be crazy. He's condition all year around
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