I was thinking of starting to do competitive trail riding with my pony. But I was wondering how I get into it and how to find ones that are within an hour or two of where I live. I live in York, PA. I was also wondering, what are they normally like? Are they rocky? Lots of hills? Lots of water? Jumps? A lot of flat land or what? It doesn't matter to me as my pony will go on any terrain just fine, I was just wondering. How much do they generally cost?
Also, could some people send me there work out schedule for their horse to condition them for these? A girl at my barn might be helping me get a workout schedule figured out for my pony, but im not positive yet. But I think my pony can get through it pretty easily, we normally do 6-7mile paper chases and after them she isn't breathing too hard and she still wants to go out and run. But I want her to be in good physical shape for this since they are a lot longer.
What type of saddle and other tack do you recommend for these? DO I need boots of any kind?
Any other help and tips would be great! Thanks everyone! Also, I am an experienced rider, I have been riding for 9 years, mainly english hunter/jumper. I own a 2 horses. I show a lot and always in the ribbons(not bragging). I just think my pony would be very good for this. Thanks everyone!!