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    04-12-2012, 10:55 AM
  #11
Weanling
TWH are awesome for endurance -if your horse racks - even better! Around here TWH typically do very well in the placings if they're in shape.
     
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    04-12-2012, 10:55 AM
  #12
Started
Just know for most events the horse must be atleast 4. So you still have a year of training, conditioning, and desentizing to do before you are able to particapate
     
    04-12-2012, 11:15 AM
  #13
Green Broke
I've owned several TWH's and TWH crosses. They all eat up the trail, so to speak, so I can see why you'd want to compete with one in endurance. I guess it depends upon how many miles you will travel. Pretty much Arabs win the 100 miler's, but many of us have gone 25 miles on a trail ride on whatever we ride, so I'm sure that wouldn't tax your horse.
If you are competing with people warming up to the 100 milers I have a few suggestions.
1) Get yourself super fit, so that you can save your horse and dismount and lead..a LOT. Especially up hills.
2) Pare down all of your tack, weightwise. Apalachian trail hikers drill holes in their toothbrushes and other such things to "lighten the load."
3) Strengthen your horse by
(a) Dressaging, for flexibility
(b) Plateauing. Work your horse to reach a certain endurance goal. Then, back off for a week to train for a LOWER goal. Set a higher goal to reach. REPEAT.
(c) Spend some time working on hard dirt, instead of the arena. It takes time to create bone density, which will prevent fractures, and it's hard to do so on the soft sand/surface in an arena.
(d) Train your horse to cavaletti and jumps on the ground. Your horse is doing enough hard work, but he needs to know how to get over and around obstacles, and if you're aboard you will wear him out more and get in the way of his learning.
Hope this helps! =D
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    04-12-2012, 12:24 PM
  #14
Weanling
Thanks for the info everyone! I started her at 2 and did some light trail riding then to get her use to everything. My girl is fearless when it comes to spooking at things. She has not one care in the world and that makes working with her out on the trail so much more relaxing. When she was started last year we did 10 mile trails and maybe a hair more but I would get off ever so often to let her rest and walk her. Being that she will be 3 in a month I think we can start to up the riding on her and she can handle it better now. I still wont push her to hard until she is 4 and has developed more into her adult body. Corporal thanks for the ideas greatly appreciated!
     
    04-16-2012, 10:03 PM
  #15
Green Broke
Yeh I figured I needed to diet and exercise to loose some weight for my horse,,,, so I bought a bigger horse.
Here's General Beauregard, and my new big girl Miss Emma Tisdale
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    04-17-2012, 01:36 PM
  #16
Weanling
Very good looking horses joe!
     

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