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post #11 of 22 Old 04-25-2013, 09:56 AM
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I guess I missunderstood.

Excercises to get my horse in shape?
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post #12 of 22 Old 04-25-2013, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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post #13 of 22 Old 04-25-2013, 10:16 AM
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You don't sound ready for an endurance run. Endurance is serious business, and if you're not properly prepared you can injure your horse as well as yourself.

If you haven't started by conditioning him and building up the mileage SLOWLY, you're asking for a laminitic episode. You shouldn't even be thinking about a 30 miler yet. Start with 5, work up to 10, then 20, and then you can try a 30.

Just because he has a lot of energy doesn't mean he's in any kind of condition for a 30 mile endurance run.
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post #14 of 22 Old 04-25-2013, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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okay, I'm aware of all of this. I know that he can become lame, I've already taken him riding for up to at least 25 miles. He was fine, perfectly fine. Still wanted to go actually, so he's fine.
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post #15 of 22 Old 04-25-2013, 11:40 AM
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I'm going to stick my neck out here and say it's hard to get a handle on just what is going on with you and your horse. You ask for advice then say you "already know that" or are "already doing that". Why, then, do you need the advice in the first place?

When people reply on here and it's not what you want to hear it usually means you should listen. Did I want to hear I should not ride my horse with a cracked hoof? No. Was it true though? Yes. Please, please, please, be honest with yourself about the condition of your horse. It's to easy to ruin a horse. My OTTB has more heart than brains and would run himself to death if I let him. Your horse will want to please you weather it's in his best interest or not.

All that being said. You will do what you want to do. Just be careful and remember to listen to those whom you ask advice from.
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post #16 of 22 Old 04-25-2013, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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I know. I just wanted more information, or other things I could do to better him.
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post #17 of 22 Old 04-25-2013, 12:08 PM
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You might go to the Endurance Forum and read back through the threads and posts. There will be a lot of info there and you may come across other people's experiences and questions that will help you.
It is hard to know just what information you are looking for. With no idea as to your experience or your horse's it's hard to give advice.

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You might go to the Endurance Forum and read back through the threads and posts. There will be a lot of info there and you may come across other people's experiences and questions that will help you.
It is hard to know just what information you are looking for. With no idea as to your experience or your horse's it's hard to give advice.
Well, am I an idiot or what? This is in the endurance forum. Guess I got lost. If anybody finds me please point me back to NW Oregon. I'll get there sooner or later. Sheesh!!!!! How embarrassing...
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post #19 of 22 Old 04-25-2013, 12:36 PM
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If you and your horse can do ten miles 2 days in a row at a decent pace ( 6 to 8 mph) then you can get him through a 30 mile ride. I know from experience. As long as he has been being ridden, he will be fine. By no means will you be able to run up front, but to finish just about any horse being ridden regularly can finish an LD. If a horse will take care of themselves during the ride ( eating and drinking) they will do just fine. Good luck! Endurance is an awesome sport and i wish more people would join in on it. Depending on where you live you coukd find a mentor that does endurance.
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post #20 of 22 Old 04-25-2013, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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thanks so much! (: and yeah I won't push him, I know his limits! So I think hell be fine (: thanks again!
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