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post #11 of 37 Old 02-09-2011, 03:53 PM
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My old BOs were endurance racers. The had Arabians that were very fit. Their idea of exercise for them was a 10 mile ride of just trotting. Lots and lots of trotting gets them in shape pretty fast, apparently. I went with them one day and made it about 7 miles before my ankle kept rolling (I wasn't using my saddle and the stirrups were up a notch or two too high) until I had to stop.

It's more popular around here than I would have assumed. More in Minnesota, but I still hadn't figured it would be a big thing up here.
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It looks to be a lot of fun but I am honestly not into arabs. I do like morgans though and they are used for endurance right?

I prefer more of the stock horses. I love paints! I also am in love with Fjords,Mules,Belgians. Not sure if mules are used for endurance or not. It looks to be a lot of fun but I know my horse isn't cut out for it and I don't have anywhere to go trot for 10 miles straight.
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I'm not into arabians either.. Since theirs were so toned and fit, they were even dinkier than usual and me and the breed just clash.. ugh. Stock breeds are my favourite too. I went riding on Abby with my BOs daughter to she could work out her horse a bit and Abby trotted faster than the Arabian did..but she also has her fast prancy trot..

And I'm not sure how they figured out it was 10 miles unless it wa just a rough estimate. THey rode down gravel roads and threw a field. I just remember it being a big circle with some backtracking. It was a weird pattern..
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It looks to be a lot of fun but I am honestly not into arabs. I do like morgans though and they are used for endurance right?

I prefer more of the stock horses. I love paints! I also am in love with Fjords,Mules,Belgians. Not sure if mules are used for endurance or not. It looks to be a lot of fun but I know my horse isn't cut out for it and I don't have anywhere to go trot for 10 miles straight.
You absolutely have to have the right horse for endurance! If your interested in endurance then you will have to learn to like arabs. If you decide that you want to get competitive with endurance you and your horse are going to have to go to a whole new level of fitness. A very good friend of mine competes at the national level of endurance. She is currently training for her first hundred mile race with the arab she has now. A hundred miles on horse back takes roughly 12 to 18 hours, I know I would be entering a whole new world of pain staying in the saddle for that length of time.
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I later found out western saddles can cause internal bleeding if you land on the horn.
Sorry - but landing hard on anything can cause broken bones and internal bleeding.

Don't rule out a specific sport because of the tack. I did 1,000's of miles of distance riding on a quarter horse in a western saddle.
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If your interested in endurance then you will have to learn to like arabs.
Not true at all. I competed a paint mare and a quarter horse gelding. One of my steady trail buddies rode an appaloosa.

It's the condition and heart of the horse. Not the breed!
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well yes.I agree if you land hard you can do damage in any saddle BUT I believe it's more likely in a western saddle.There is a part of the saddle that is protruding out and unlike and english or endurance saddle it is more likely to cause more damage as an english saddle and endurance saddle doesn't have a horn.

You don't see many ppl jumping in a western saddle and that's probably one of the reasons IMO.
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Not true at all. I competed a paint mare and a quarter horse gelding. One of my steady trail buddies rode an appaloosa.

It's the condition and heart of the horse. Not the breed!
Actually that is very true! My endurance friend was more than a little put out because the NZ endurance champion is a Paint/TB x. Sorry her Arab purist attitude rubbed off on me for a minute lol. What is also really important in endurance is recovery, an endurance horse must have the right type of muscle for quick recovery. I'm sure these types of horses exist outside of the Arab breed. But your still looking for a lean light horse with fast twitch muscles rather than anything heavy with large muscle and big bone.
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what about pasos?
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I honestly don't know enough about Pasos to be able to answer that. I know that the Peruvian Paso crossed with Standard Bred is becoming very popular as a general riding horse in NZ but I don't know whether they will make an appearance in endurance circles. I think I heard that lightly built SB's are starting to make a name for themselves in endurance here.
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