How far is to far?

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        10-09-2012, 08:47 PM
    How far is to far?

    I honestly think that Bunny would go as long as I asked her until her heart gave out. Or pretty close to it, I wouldn't want that. :b
    So far we have covered about 16-18miles in a day (just estimating..), mostly at a walk with some trotting.

    I know that people say not to stay in one gait for too long, but how long is to long? How many miles or minutes should one stay in a fast-paced trot?
    And how many miles in a day is to far on a regular basis?
    I know this depends hugely on the horses condition, energy ect, but if you have an estimate it would be appreciated.

    She really shows no signs of being tired at all. She sweats where her saddle rests and unless we do lots of cantering she doesn't really sweat anywhere else. Or want to quit. She never wants to go back into the barn, its not a "I'm scared to go in" type of refusal, she just wants to keep going!

    I hope that made sense, if it didn't let me know and I'll try and clarify.
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        10-09-2012, 09:14 PM
    Green Broke
    Horses can trot for miles without showing signs of being tired. My friend's old Fjord, who was NEVER in shape, could trot for miles and hardly break into a sweat unless it was a very hot day.
    Of course, it does depend alot on their physical shape and capasity for work.
    I watched a show that had to do with racehorses a while back that had to do with testing certain feeds in relation to performace, and although the horse was of course in top shape, I was still amazed that they had it gallop steadily for 20 minutes and it hardly looked tired at all.
    They're pretty amazing creatures ;)
        10-09-2012, 09:20 PM
    Green Broke
    Endurance people seem to have knowing their horses' condition and capabilities very well. I bet they could give you some great guidelines on respiration and heartrate to check your horse's level of fitness.
        10-09-2012, 09:29 PM
    Not sure if it matters all that much, but she is a pony (13.2hh), though I find that almost every full sized horse I've ridden her around has a hard time keeping up with her. No matter the gait we're in. So I suppose that she covers more ground quicker/easier than other horses, maybe this is why it seems easier on her?

    Oh, her breathing is also normal all throughout/after the ride too.
    Like boots said, hopefully some endurance savvy people will help me out. (:
        10-12-2012, 09:30 AM
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        10-12-2012, 10:07 AM
    Green Broke
    Much depends on the mental/physical make up of the horse.

    When the horse in my avatar was 15, I spent the entire summer conditioning him for the Fall ride a couple of us wanted to do. It was 30 miles round trip in the Low Desert heat of Southern California. Temps can hit well over 100 degrees, out there, in October.

    Coming home, my TWH and the QH's were staying close together at a good clip (running walk, trotting, no cantering).

    The QH's started to slow down - both of whom were much tallker than my 14.3H TWH. Duke knew he was headed home and there was no putting him in a dog walk; we kept stopping for the other folks to catch up.

    Finally they said to just let Duke go on as they could tell it was too frustrating for him to keep stopping and waiting.

    He gaited the entire rest of the ten miles home. It was high 90's that day but the only sweat was under his bridle (I rode bareback), no heavy breathing, no signs of stress.

    He is just a naturally/exceptionally tough horse that can handle more speed, for longer periods, than others. I have two other TWH's that not only could not hold a candle to him in a gaited race but could not hold a candle to him in endurance -- when they were all younger.

    I'm sure you know people who seem to have more "get up and go" than ten other people, it's the same principle

    With a horse like that, you have to always be on the watch for signs of stress because they will lie to you and say "I'm good" and maybe they really aren't but will keep going to the end, anyway.
        10-12-2012, 12:13 PM
    I couldn't imagine 100 degrees in October. D: Its already getting below freezing at night here.

    I'm thinking I'm going to get a heart-rate monitor and try to use that as an indicator.
    I'll be doing some research on what the heart rate is supposed to be as I've no idea. Haha.
        10-12-2012, 12:32 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by Foxesdontwearbowties    
    I couldn't imagine 100 degrees in October. D: Its already getting below freezing at night here.

    I'm thinking I'm going to get a heart-rate monitor and try to use that as an indicator.
    I'll be doing some research on what the heart rate is supposed to be as I've no idea. Haha.
    The 100 degrees was just ugly, as far as I'm concerned. Desert air is very arid and almost no humidity, so it's like sticking your head in 450 degree oven I only lived out there five years and that was enough for me - lol

    " already below freezing at night"; that's why I retired to southern Middle Tennessee - I only want to see that kind of weather one or two weeks out of the winter - lol

    There are little paperback vet handbooks that have all that information and are good to have on hand for every horse owner. They give instructions how measure heart and pulse rates.

    I have used my handbook several times to give the vet helpful information when I have to call him for certain things.

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