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    07-26-2012, 12:40 AM
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I was told by my friend that a trot is much more "economical" than a canter, and they can trot for much longer than they can canter, and that's why a lot of endurance people do trot.

So I'd think you'd have better luck trotting for an hour than cantering.

I don't know if its true, but it's always made sense to me.
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    07-26-2012, 08:32 AM
Yes, that was what I was thinking too, but it might be such that a person could do a bit of both and get him fit for it.

Copperhead, Yes it was specific..:) I got a job offer 8 miles away on a dairy farm and I was just curious as to if the horse would be a suitable "vehicle"... I am not doing the job... At least not this year:) I was just wondering...:)
    07-26-2012, 11:29 AM
That would be an awesome way to save gas and keep your horse in shape at the same time .
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    07-26-2012, 11:40 AM
Yup! The thing is I don't want to get up way early to get there... Say they want me there at 6:00. If it took me 1 hour to get there, I'd have to get up at 5:00...Not bad, but I have animal chores I would have to do beforehand and those take me about an hour...so we're talking 4:00??????!
    07-26-2012, 12:32 PM
Originally Posted by EmilyJoy    
Yup! The thing is I don't want to get up way early to get there... Say they want me there at 6:00. If it took me 1 hour to get there, I'd have to get up at 5:00...Not bad, but I have animal chores I would have to do beforehand and those take me about an hour...so we're talking 4:00??????!
It would take you longer the firse week or so, but as your horse gets more fit, you can make him go faster and faster (as long as it's still safe).
I think it's a great idea! I'd SO ride my horse to a job if I could.
    07-30-2012, 12:11 PM
Yup! It'd be very fun... I would only hope though that if I ride that early, I wouldn't come across drunk drivers or weirdos! Ahh well I'll see what happens next year or when I get a little less busy!

Maybe if I do get the job sometime, I should invest in those reflectors for the legs of the horse http://www.sleezybarbhorsewear.com/legreflectives.htm
They look pretty cool...
    07-30-2012, 03:32 PM
I rode a QH for 2 hours, we spent most of it trotting, or fighting to trot, and when I let her go when she wished, we cantered/hand galloped 6 or 7 times. She sweated herself soaking wet (which I know is more due to her fighting me at the first part of the trail than actual working, she is very high energy), but she wasn't tired or even blowing hard until the very end of the ride. I know her owner likes to gallop her in open fields, so I am sure she was conditioned for it to an extent. It was astonishing to ride a horse that could gallop across several acres, slow down to a spunky trot, whip around, gallop back across those acres, come to a stop, and not even blow. I was worn out way before she was.
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    07-30-2012, 05:51 PM
Our hackney pony is like that...But our Quarter horse???I think not! :)
    07-30-2012, 07:06 PM
Trotting on tarmacced roads is very different to trotting on earth - much more concussion on your horses legs. So if you were doing this theoretical commute to work on roads, you'd have to condition your horses legs to the surface as well as the distance. It's possible of course, and preparation is the key.

Hmmm you'd get through a lot of shoes....
    07-30-2012, 09:02 PM
Rosie, I've heard that in England, there isn't much grass or space to either side of the road that would give you room to ride. I don't know how true that is, but seeing as how space is limited there, it would make sense.

In most places, that isn't the situation here in the US. It is a very rare thing to see a road that doesn't have a fairly sizable ditch beside the road to ride the horse in. Most of the roads in my area have no less than about 15 feet to either side of the road that is nothing but grass and dirt.

Sorry this picture is so blurry, I was loping at the time, but you get the idea. There is a fence about 5 feet to our right and the road was farther than that away from our left.
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