Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Katie, welcome to the forum!
To take on a long ride you not only need to get your horse ready but you too and your tack.
Your tack first. Your saddle needs to fit perfectly and you need a really good thick pad underneath. What a rider uses for an hour ride may be passable but not for long rides.
You: not only does your horse need to be legged up but you need to be too. It can be a nice comfortable ride for the two of you or pure misery after a couple of hours. That means not only you physically but your boots and jeans too.
Your horse: Build him up slowly, an hour or two for a week building up to 4 or 5 hours without him getting lathered up. How long it takes to get to the 4 or 5 hours is up to you and your horse. Typically, if you are riding 3 or 4 days per week, you should be able to get there in a month or so.
Although I haven't done a long ride in a few years, I used to do them regularly - twice per month in the summer with shorter rides in between.
Riding up and down hills will help you get legged up faster.
Great fun! Hope you enjoy it.
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