Originally Posted by mildot
All, I'm not an endurance rider but some of the events that I plan on participating in this year (hunter paces, horse trials) are more strenous than just dressage and jumping in an arena.
So in an effort to become a better horseman, I'm picking your brains for things to do to make the horse more comfortable after a somewhat short (6 - 10 mile) but relatively taxing (60% canter/40% trot) effort.
Is the horse you will be riding your normal eventing mount? If so, then listen to what s/he tells you. I would imagine you are already very in-tune to one another if you can survive jumping a xcountry course (
If the horse is fit for the work, it won't be overly taxing. I have only done a couple hunter paces (and we went around 95% of the jumps!!), but most people seemed to ride reasonably and their horses didn't look any worse for wear afterwards. I would think whatever your normal post-event routine would be could work for after a pace or trial.