I have just brought to Western Australia the very first TWH to train and use for endurance. I am originally from Oregon, so it is nice to have a little America out in the bush with me. I usually ride Arabs, but since I ride HWT I decided to see if I could get a TWH over here and see how we would do. He is almost 5, a gelding, and stands about 16.1.
I have never trained a TWH for endurance before, so any tips everyone has would be helpful. I just got him, and the only thing he did before was trail riding. So I have deceided the first 90 days I am going to take him slow. On Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays I will take him out on LSD rides of 2-2 1/2 hours. The off days on Tuesdays and Thursdays and some Saturdays if he looks keen, I will work him at home for an hour or so in the round yard, and in the arena working on transitions etc. Sundays will be a rest day.
After 90 days I am going to work in some hill work. What does everyone think about this program to start him off?