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post #1 of 6 Old 06-21-2012, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone do multiple equestrian sports?

I've been wanting to get into barrel racing, but I'd also really like to do endurance riding.

Does anyone do two different sports with their horses? Is it better to pick one sport to focus on because they can be time consuming?
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-21-2012, 03:45 PM
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it just depends on how much time you have and whether its healthy safe for your horse to be doing alot

ive done everything i used to show and rodeo on my mare and my colt

i now (well when im home) do sorting, cutting, reining, competitive trail, horse soccer with my colt. i find that it can be really benificial to my horses. that way they arent one one mind set every time they step into the they get bored too so its good to have variety in their lives. as long as its not a huge amount of stress on them.

i see no problem with you doing rodeo and endurance as long as your horse is sound and healthy enough for it.

then again if youre just now starting these events maybe it would be better to start one, get a good rythm going there and then begin another so your not stressed about trying to figure two different events out at the same time

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It also depends how far you want to go. You don't want to be involved in 20 different things - you won't have time to train for it all. Doing 100 mile faces and keeping up with the conditioning might not mesh well with the fast, and rougher barrel training -- but then again it might be the break your horse needs! Just listen to your horse and go for it!
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post #4 of 6 Old 06-21-2012, 03:57 PM
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I do barrel racing and shorter endurance rides with my guy although he has done longer ones before. My knees and back can't handle the loong amounts of trotting :( however if you have the time to keep your horse conditioned and on track then it can be a great break from barrel racing as you are around many new sites :).
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Thanks for the input guys! I was originally thinking 2 different horses for these, but If I could do both sports on one horse that would be awesome. I have a QH now, but I'll be getting another horse in a couple of years. If I want to do both sports would I want a TB? It seems like most people use TB and Arabians for endurance riding.
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post #6 of 6 Old 06-21-2012, 04:07 PM
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Both can do well arabs generally have the whole sturdy legs/ feet stamina and can be any size basically haha. We have anywherr from my short stocky boy to my friend briannas 15.3-16 hh slender arab just look around try different horses out and don't rush it :)
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