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    09-06-2007, 09:44 PM

Saw this on the news tonight and thought it was really cool to try one day.....the great santa fe endurance race.....over 515 miles broken down in to 10 days... if I where to get in to this what do I need to know about it?, how do I know I have the right horse ( I think I found star's calling), what age can I start training him for distance (he's 2 almost 3) not wanting to blow him out at a young age, from what age to age is a good endurance horse and most important question to me is if he get's hurt doing this what's the worst that can happen?
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    09-06-2007, 11:43 PM
Umm I would message Crackrider personally and read her diares...................
    09-07-2007, 01:44 AM

Look up endurance asociations (sp?) on the internet, they normally have some tips!
    09-07-2007, 10:50 AM
I am definitely not an endurance expert, but I sold a filly to a friend who is going to use her for endurance. She will be 4 in January and her owner is just now starting her on very slow 25 mile rides. I would definitely try to find an endurance professional close to you to guide you since it is such an intense sport. Good luck!
    09-10-2007, 10:11 PM
not yet! not yet!

Don't push your baby yet! Most endurance rides require a horse be at least 4. Ride and Ties (rideandtie.org) an off shoot of endurance wait until a horse is 5. Waiting now will ensure you can enjoy your horse for years to come!
    09-10-2007, 10:32 PM
Yeh, don't push him just yet!! You can start light training but no comps yet- k. Cause he is young, you don't want him to get vetted out in the first round.
    09-11-2007, 02:44 AM
Ok I though more like 6 years and up, at the end of his growing stage....thnx guys
    09-11-2007, 03:00 AM
Can't wait to see how she goes!!
    09-20-2007, 02:28 AM
See if you can find an endurance ride that is going to hapen in your area or somewhere you can travel to. Go to the ride and talk to the people there. You'll find alot of poeple are willing talk and answer questions. Watch what goes on. F you can find someone that would be willing to teach and guide you in endurance that would be best. It's hard to get into endurance sucessfully without the help of someone who knows what they are doing. I've seen people push their horses to hard at a ride because they don't know what they're doing.

Also perhaps while you are waiting for your horse to be old enough you could approach some of the trainrs at a ride about riding one of their horses. Some trainers are always looking for riders for their horses. This way you can gain experience on an experienced enduance horse.

Endurance is a great, fun sport that is all about travelling imense distances with the horses health and welfare in mind. You do get the few odd poeple wh don't care about the horse. They just want to win. This is where the vet checks come in. They stop any horses from going any further if they aren't capable.

Good Luck!

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