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    02-09-2011, 05:22 PM
Green Broke
Ohhh okay,gotcha.

This is off topic but why are horses that are 14.2 known as ponies in english?
My horse is 14.2 if you measure her up and straight across at the wither with a ruler or something flat ( some ppl measure with wrapping the measuring tape over the wither..i guess it depends on the person but I know that adds extra would on a human..I would prob be 5'10" if it were me!)
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    02-09-2011, 05:30 PM
I honestly don't know. I always thought that it had to do with show catagorizing. Certain sized horses fit into certain classes in the english show arena. Anything 14.3 and under fits into the pony class. Of course within the pony class there are different catagories like pony hack etc. Anything over 14.3 is in the horse class but of course there are a number of different catagories within horses as well. Like hunter and park hack and so on and so on. That is how I came to understand it but someone within English riding circles could shed more light on the subject I would imagine.
    02-09-2011, 05:36 PM
Green Broke
Okay,thanks.I was curious. I wonder if there is a pony club I can join unless that's for kids...

Also how do you measure your horse? ...I will start a thread on that actually.
    02-09-2011, 10:50 PM
Green Broke
Arabs aren't the only horses that can run distance. They are just the most common.

Any horse with a decent build, good conformation, heart, a love of running, and condition can do CT or endurance. No heavy draft horses, because they can't cool themselves well and simply aren't designed for distance. Horses with bad conformation will eventually go lame. A horse without heart will give up. A horse without condition will kill itself.

Arabs tend to fit the requirements very well, but they aren't the only ones. I've met successful distance mules, QHs, Paints, TBs, gaited horses (pasos, iceys, SSH, TWH, fox trotters...), Appys, Standies, Morgans... The list goes on.

I'm currently going CT (and eventually endurance) with a SSH. She is a mixture of TWH, saddlebred and arab (NSH), racker, and grade spotted horses of unknown origin. And she does great.

I urge you to try CT with Giget. If she does well and you start winning, do a limited distance endurance ride. It's hard work, yes. Conditioning is fierce -- "racehorse fit" is a standard. But it's very possible.
    02-10-2011, 12:19 AM
Green Broke
Well how can I get her race horse fit?
Also,I think she has decent confo.Nothing sticks out as negative.

Gidget and I jumped today...I set up a jump and we actually jumped it. With no hesitation!..of course we both sucked,lol. But we did it!
    02-10-2011, 01:48 AM
Since you're in Oregon you can check out this website:
If you look under the calendar section you can find all the rides for 2011. I have never done CTR but instead started with Limited Distance rides which are 25 miles. It is really fun as long as you love riding A LOT.
Endurance in a way is cheaper than showing but I have spent a lot on getting tack that fits well and on horse boots.
The main issues I've had are making sure things don't rub (a girth that doesn't bother a horse for a 10 mile ride might rub a sore after 25), hoof protection and getting my horses to drink on the trail.
Any breed is fine for a 25 miler. However if you want to win you are more likely to with an Arab. On my last ride with friends we had a Paint, an Anglo-Arab, a Connemara/Standardbred cross, and my Arab. Both my Arab and the Connemara cross will easily be top ten horses as we bring them along. At the end of 25 miles they are ready to do 25 more. The Paint was done mentally after 20 or so. It comes down to heart even more than the physical issues. Some horses really lose the will to keep going after awhile, even when they are passing the vet checks well. I have seen TWHs do really well.
The hoof issues can be tricky since on rocky trails in Oregon horses' soles can bruise even with shoes on. I prefer boots, but it's tricky finding which ones work for your horse.
My misconception when I first started was that endurance rides were walk/trot. They are actually mostly trotting and cantering, if you want to place. So imagine how much riding you have to do to get your horse fit enough to trot and canter for 50 miles.
Endurance people are really nice to be around. The rides have a great atmosphere.
    02-10-2011, 02:00 AM
Green Broke
It said it was forbidden =/
    02-10-2011, 08:23 AM
Folks, out of curiosity... What saddles are used usually on those long endurance rides?
    02-10-2011, 09:27 AM
Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
Folks, out of curiosity... What saddles are used usually on those long endurance rides?
I used a thorowgood mutli purpose on the paint mare, a Big Horn western synthetic on my QH gelding. Had to have a saddle custom (western) made for my Anglo mare and used the same custom western for my Arab mare.
    02-10-2011, 09:35 AM
Originally Posted by mls    
I used a thorowgood mutli purpose on the paint mare, a Big Horn western synthetic on my QH gelding. Had to have a saddle custom (western) made for my Anglo mare and used the same custom western for my Arab mare.
Interesting... I've seen those "endurance" saddles in catalog, which looked quite different. I think my butt would fall off after a day in western saddle though!

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