Is 13 too old to start CTR and Endurance?
I have a 13 year old Morgan gelding that I have owned since birth. He has lead a very sedentary life, mostly hanging out in the paddock. Is it too late to start training for CTR and Endurance? I would not be looking to do any long distance this year. This past year, I rode him about 5 times. Previous years would average about 20 time per year. He was saddle trained as a five year old. He has very little trail experience.
Endurance and CTR are something I have always wanted to do, life kind of got in the way. At this point, I am wondering if a younger, slightly more seasoned horse would be better.
Certainly not! As long as he's healthy and sound, you can do distance. Make sure you condition smart; don't rush or push too hard. That's when horses get hurt. Find yourself a riding buddy and go get some trail miles, since he isn't seasoned.
A friend of mine started her newest CTR horse at 13. The horse had been shown in halter and hadn't been ridden in eight years. She took a couple weeks doing long, slow walk/trot exercise. After three months, she did a little two day 35 mile CTR and got best conditioned. :wink: The horse could go further with more work, no problem.
13 is a good age for a trail horse, then tend to have settled down by then, start getting some miles on him, lots of walking, before moving up to some trotting/gaiting.
Thank you, I was hoping he was not too old to start. Can you recommend any good training books for CTR? I have conditioned horses before, but has been years and it was mostly coming back after an injury.
He is sound and has also been barefoot his whole life.
I had a friend who did CTR several years ago and from what I remember, they required shoes and support boots, etc. for the horse. Is this still the case?
I have a good natural balance farrier and would prefer not to go the shoe route if his feet can hold up.
I love this book: horseandriderbooks: Go the Distance by Nancy Loving, DVM
I do CTRs with NATRC. They don't allow support boots (splint boots, SMBs, and the like), but a ton of us use hoof boots. The easyboot glove is very popular and they are wonderful if they fit well. :wink: I've done some crazy, rocky, muddy rides with easyboots successfully.
Nope - check my post in the other endurance horse age thread :)
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