3 of us started endurance riding in the late 80's. My first horse was my big jumper. The locals held a race and we got talked into it. She won best condition that day and I promply sold her and bought an arab. I was hooked on the sport.
We had a great training route. The 3 of use liked to eat so we picked 2 restarants that served breakfast, had places to eat outside and were approximately 12 or 13 miles away one way. That made a 25 mile round trip.
We went every Saturday and every Sunday for breakfast. We didn't spare the horses since they only had a 12 mile run and then a good break so we raced, we jumped, we just had fun. When we got there we ground tied my horse and the other 2 ladies tied onto the saddle, one on each side and then they went in for our breakfastes while I baby sat the horses.
Our breakfast eaten we raced home.
Tuesday and Thursday was Dairy queen night. 6 miles each way for a total of 12 miles.
That added up to about 74 miles a week of fun. We did that for years and when we raced our guys were good, covering either a 25 at the head of any pack or slowing down and running the 50's.
Pick a place to go, a destintion, food is a good motivator
and just go there and have fun.
The conditioning takes care of itself.
It worked for us and one of the ladies had a big heavy quarter horse and she won best quarter horse nearly every year and got her 1000 mile pin on him before his untimely death.
Quarter horses with their muscle mass are at a disadvantage so if you have a sleek arab you are well ahead of the game.