Originally Posted by HorseGirlie
Okay, one other odd question. Do you have to stay the night at the ride site the night before it starts? For check-ins and stuff?
Yes. Not a requirement, but a must. The night before, you need to attend the ride meeting and vet in as well as do any pre-ride paperwork. If you were trying to do this the morning of, you're going to run into trouble, especially since I'm sure the ride manager will be worried about other things. Usually, the ride start times can be anywhere between 5-8AM, with the longer rides starting first. Even if you were close, you would NOT be setting yourself up for a good ride if you drove your horse to the ride the night before to vet in, drove home that evening, then got up early enough to get ready for the ride and make sure your horse is, too. My ride day starts in the dark at 4AM - and I'm already THERE - if you were to try to drive in , you'd have your horse up and loaded and then get there and pray your horse settles down. With all the stress that is usually at a ride, you'd already be setting yourself and your horse up for failure in the transportation back and forth and the rush to be ready on time. In addition, there's so much chaos going on in ride camp, you'd have a lot of people pissed at you trying to trailer in horses before the ride, which will probably interfere with other people getting ready and at the start line.
If you're showing up for a trail ride, they usually start around 10, which is much more reasonable to trailer in the day of. But don't try trailering in the morning before an endurance ride.