Originally Posted by jillybean19
There was an interesting thread started on the endurance.net google group about what to look for in an endurance horse - the conclusion is that it's really all about the personality and willingness to go, and other than that, you'd be surprised what pops up in the top rankings and placings! Many people I know took horses from bad situations and they often ended up being the best endurance horses. Of course, Arabians have some physical advantages, but it's all about the attitude and willingness of that horse to cover miles of trails!
Absolutely true. Just because a horse is bred and built to do a specific discipline does not mean they will excel or even enjoy doing it. I competed thousands of miles on a 14.2 black quarter horse. He did very well. My little 100% arab mare - too excitable to settle in to the vets checks.
There was one horse in our club that the vets were amazed the horse was pasture sound, much less able to handle the rigors of distance. They swore her legs were put together by a committee that didn't communicate.
The biggest thing is the relationship between you and that horse. You have to trust and depend on each other. Lots of miles and lots of potential 'situations'.