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Monty77 08-12-2011 10:47 AM

Conditioning an Endurance Horse - Where to Start
 
Heyy,
I've got a 6 year Arab gelding that I'm trying to get ready for endurance racing. I ride him 6-7 days a week for an hour doing a variety of things, circles, walk/trot/canter, poles, LOTS of trail. Is there anything else I should be doing with him to get him in shape for a 50 mile ride??? HELP!:shock:
Here is a picture of him in case your wondering...
http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/...icture7176.jpg

BarrelracingArabian 08-12-2011 11:40 AM

just start going out do a say a 5-10 mile ride mostly trotting if possible in varioius terrains. then work up to 15 miles then 20 and so on

Monty77 08-12-2011 11:47 AM

Alright thanks!
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BarrelracingArabian 08-12-2011 11:50 AM

your welcome the best thing is to get him used to lots of trotting haha I personally can't handle actual endurance cause of my knees but every year i help train a couple horses including one who tossed me on her first actual outting haha gotta love young ones

gigem88 08-12-2011 01:35 PM

Cute little guy! I would love to do endurance but alas between family and work I don't have the time for that much training! When is your first race?

Monty77 08-12-2011 07:07 PM

I did a couple of them last year. This year we went through a few rough patches due to lameness so our first/last one this year will be a 12 mile at Oktoberfest in Mansfield, ON. If were really feeling up to it we might to the 25.
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christopher 08-12-2011 07:53 PM

i'd just trot everywhere any chance i get. also i think the running martingale in that picture should be a bit longer

Monty77 08-12-2011 10:04 PM

How come???
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christopher 08-12-2011 10:28 PM

because his head is in a relaxed position yet the martingale is still interfering with your contact

Monty77 08-13-2011 08:20 AM

Okay, I think I can make it longer.
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