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    04-24-2009, 12:38 AM
Endurance training...?

I'm considering keeping Red, my three year old MFT gelding, and training him as an endurance horse. He has a light build and probably won't mature over 15hh.
I would like to do endurance racing, but Loki almost seems to stocky to be an endurance horse, and I do want to concentrate him mainly on show and trail training.

Red doesn't have any endurance lines that I know of. His dam won a few ribbons when she was younger but that's about it (as far as I know). He's calm and level headed, while still having a pretty big motor. Like Loki, just not as bouncy, or quirky

I'm looking at the advantages of his lighter build and that great Foxtrot gait that comes naturally. Any opinions, ideas? He is progressing and it's time to start looking into careers so I can focus his training on something rather than 'lets get him ridable and go from there'.
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    04-24-2009, 02:17 AM

Any healthy and sound horse can do long distance and perhaps Endurance riding. There are various levels of competition and it is a very fun and friendly discipline. There is a wealth of information about the sport at AERC.org and Endurance.Net and several excellent books available through Amazon.
There may be a local chapter in your area and someone with whom you can "mentor-up" with to help you along. There are also mentors who volunteer through the aerc and a list of posted on the website.
Good luck and have fun.

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