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post #21 of 27 Old 05-20-2009, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Here the minimum age for a Level I distance ride (25-39K) is 5 years old. If you have been doing endurance for ten years then I am sure you must be familiar with the rules and regulations of the sport. LSD conditioning is great for a younger horse who has the ground and saddle training basis that makes them safe to ride on a trail. A few years of the correct trail work can prepare them physically and mentally for the stresses of a distance competition. You should check out a great website for lots of valuable information on the sport of endurance.
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Yes I am aware of the rules and the age here is four..But the rules are not my concern now..but the actual well being of my horse and how I should start to prepare a new horse for the sport my last one had already been in the sport for two years. But I have gotten so much great advice I know where to start and we will slowly. I will check out that site thank you so much for the link
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post #22 of 27 Old 05-21-2009, 06:06 AM
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Four seems young. What are the restrictions on the distance and speed a 4yo can do??
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post #23 of 27 Old 05-21-2009, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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Four year old can not do any ride over 15 miles..it for begginer horse or rider.Most of them are 5 to 10 miles..I do not plan on doing any endurance rides till summer of 2011 he will be six..I am just trying to get tips and advice on how to work with him to make him and I a steller pair on the trails :)
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Oh good that makes more sense now.
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post #25 of 27 Old 05-21-2009, 09:56 AM
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Four year old can not do any ride over 15 miles..it for begginer horse or rider.Most of them are 5 to 10 miles..I do not plan on doing any endurance rides till summer of 2011 he will be six..I am just trying to get tips and advice on how to work with him to make him and I a steller pair on the trails :)
Sounds like you have a good plan in place.

I have always taken what is needed for my horse and start a early as possible, spreading the training over the longest period possible.
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post #26 of 27 Old 05-23-2009, 11:36 PM
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just ride slowly and build him up slow. Trot and lope a lot of circles. A horses will grow till they are 5 to 6. All my reining horses are started early but its for the futurity. Its hard on them. But if you will bring him up slow and not push him he will be in great shape in no time.
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post #27 of 27 Old 06-02-2009, 11:09 PM
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I say do lots of lunge work for fitness, a nice flat work out using excercisis that will help make her focused and sharp with her feet as well as build muscle tone (ie-lots of lateral work as well as lengthening and shortening or strides). Then use trails as a coolout. As she gets more fit start to make your trail ride longer and your longing shorter...however I would personally always do a warmup ride with stretches, etc. before hitting the trails
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