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        02-10-2011, 01:50 PM
    Green Broke
    I really like the look of the endurance style saddles.
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        02-10-2011, 01:58 PM
    Sorry, posted the link wrong: NW Rides Home

    I ride one of mine in a cheaper dressage saddle that fits her well. The other one I ride in a Stubben Rex. The main thing is that it fits your horse well and has wide enough panels to distribute pressure.
    Someday I would like an Arabian Saddle Co. Solstice saddle.
        02-10-2011, 02:13 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by gottatrot    
    Sorry, posted the link wrong: NW Rides Home

    I ride one of mine in a cheaper dressage saddle that fits her well. The other one I ride in a Stubben Rex. The main thing is that it fits your horse well and has wide enough panels to distribute pressure.
    Someday I would like an Arabian Saddle Co. Solstice saddle.

    Grizzly mountain is 3 hrs away from me :)
        02-10-2011, 07:53 PM
    I would say 2 months is not enough time to train for a 30 unless your horse is already in pretty good shape, since it's your first ride.
    However, this sounds like a great first ride to do because the trails are dirt so you wouldn't have to worry about bruising your horse's soles. It also sounds like moderate terrain so it's not straight up the side of a mountain.
    So IF you were dedicated and started training tomorrow, you could possibly do it. Or you could call and see if the 30 mile course is done in 2 loops, then you could just do the first loop and see how your horse feels before doing the whole ride.
    The first month you would have to work your horse slowly up to doing fast 5-10 mile rides (on trails, not in an arena).
    You would need to be able to have your horse do a 12-15 mile ride (mostly trotting and cantering) at least once a week for the last four weeks before the ride. Plus two fast 5-6 mile rides a week that last month.
    If you can, practice having your horse stand after riding while you or someone else checks him over (to practice the vet checks). They will listen to his heart, pick up his feet and listen to gut sounds. Also practice trotting him out in a straight line.
    The workouts I am describing would be to help your horse FINISH, not to win. In endurance you shouldn't think about trying to place for your first several rides. To finish is to win.
    Here are more details about the Grizzly Mountain ride:

    Endurance Riding Online - AERC Ride Detail
        02-11-2011, 07:53 AM
    Green Broke
    Race horse fit....

    To properly get a Standardbred fit for racing, they are excercised daily at a working trot for several months before they start getting slow "training miles" put on. Training miles being working them fast the correct (race) way of the track. Once you get them to a certain time for a mile, you are now ready to qualify. Our horses get jogged for 30 minutes every day--rain, shine, sleet, snow....even in the winter, unless of course it is too cold.

    Before they even start racing, they will have several hundred miles under them.

    I would imagine that getting an endurance horse fit would have to include the same theory, just tweaked a bit differently.
        02-11-2011, 01:47 PM
    Green Broke
    Thank you both :)

    If I decide to give it a go I will want to condition my horse waay before hand and right now I am working on getting my license so after I get that it will be easier to see my horse when I want to.
        02-11-2011, 09:06 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
    Folks, out of curiosity... What saddles are used usually on those long endurance rides?

    Anything and everything. I use a wintec AP. Some people use aussie saddles, special endurance saddles, cavalry saddles, dressage saddles.. The only thing I don't see a lot of is western saddles, unless especially made for longer distances.

    As far as getting her fit, that's a big subject. What I'm going with my girl is starting long and slow. We go around eight miles, five times a week, 75% of the time walking, 25% percent trotting. We're gradually going to work that up to 50/50 walk-trot. That's a start.

    For now, you can lay a foundation for "serious" conditioning my doing a lot of trotting. Start out trotting constantly for five minutes. Gradually build up to trotting for ten straight minutes, 15...

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