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post #511 of 1232 Old 08-06-2012, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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Good for you Joe. If you want to be competitive in endurance an Arab or Arab cross is the best way to go. Any horse can do endurance if you are just in it to finish but to win or place high, most are doing it on the Arabs!

Totally jealous of those miles. I just now have 186 miles. Last year at this time I have 270 so I am 84 miles behind. Dang, last year we rode so much because we didn't have any rain outs - this year we have been hampered by too much rain. It poured buckets Saturday evening. Sigh....going to ride in the arena in just a little bit!

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post #512 of 1232 Old 08-06-2012, 11:45 AM
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Super pictures Denise! I have said it before, but you sure have some interesting rides!!

Imagine poor Biscuit being fine with an alligator but jumping from a deer! What a special horse he is.

Is that a funnel cloud in the second picture? Maybe not the best weather to be riding in??? Yikes!
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post #513 of 1232 Old 08-06-2012, 11:45 AM
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I was all set to ride Saturday. Then the hay man called and said that he would be delivering our hay Saturday morning. We waited for hours. He finally showed up around 5:00 in the evening. We got all the round bales safely put in the hay barn and then it started raining. It is pouring rain now. It drizzled all day Sunday. At least the grass should grow.

Joe, I don't blame old Bo. I couldn't work in that heat either. I bet he will make a great trail horse for somebody that wants to compete trail or that just wants to ride. Oh, and Joe, I wish that I could still hold up to ride the way that you do. Sucks getting old...........

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that's a tough choice Joe, sorry Beauregard has not worked out. Miss Emma does sound like she has the ability to do well, and possibly be competitive, so I hope it works out for you both.

Do you have the time for another horse too?

I'll admit that I have been thinking also that Chivas is never going to be the endurance horse I want & have been thinking of keeping my eye out for another horse, an arab cross or maybe a pure Arab, but I am just not sure if I have the time.

I plan to give Chivas a little more time to see if I can get his speed up, but I also am not sure if his temperment is the right kind either. He is just too focused on the other horses instead of focusing on his work.
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while I disagree with "any horse" can do endurance, it does seem to be arabians that dominate. My friend did just top ten at the old dominion 100 on a TN walker. And Shiloh farms is breeding an off shoot of walkers that are doing well. But yeh not going to try to reinvent the wheel. Am keeping eyes and ears open for Arabian/ or arabian crossed with either morgan or saddlebred.
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I rode TWH's for years. I actually rode two of them. (First one, then the other.) They were great horses, but they ended up with mild lameness issues. They were fine for pleasure riding, but they could never hold up for competitive riding, either endurance or trail. They were related, so it is possible that mine were just not bred for long distance riding. I rode the first one on a lot of 20 mile rides, but not at all that fast of speeds. She did ok for that for several years before she basically "wore out".

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Arab/Saddlebred crosses may be too Hot blooded to pulse down. I'm no expert, but most of the Saddlebreds I know of have too high of action, more flashy & showy than I would think you would want in an endurance horse. Might be the same problem as with Beau.
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I rode TWH's for years. I actually rode two of them. (First one, then the other.) They were great horses, but they ended up with mild lameness issues. They were fine for pleasure riding, but they could never hold up for competitive riding, either endurance or trail. They were related, so it is possible that mine were just not bred for long distance riding. I rode the first one on a lot of 20 mile rides, but not at all that fast of speeds. She did ok for that for several years before she basically "wore out".
I think you are describing my horse too. A Rocky Mountain is one of those rare animals to finish the Tevis, but he/she must have been a unique individual. I was looking at a RM in FL before I bought Chivas, who was an experienced endurance horse, but I never was able to go see him to try out. Too far away to schedule a trip, unfortunately.
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My first TWH was most likely the most fun horse that I ever rode or ever will ride. Part of it was her. Part of it was me. She was in my life when I had the time, the youth, and the lack of responsibility to let me really enjoy riding. The horse that I have now is a better horse as far as soundness and endurance, but I am not in a position to ride like I was then.
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post #520 of 1232 Old 08-06-2012, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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I think with proper conditioning Biscuit will do well on 25 miles or possibly 50. Don't know about Denise though....she is a beat up old chick!! If I was serious about endurance riding I would get an Arabian!! Since I can only afford 2 horses - I will just keep my Biscuit man and maybe do a 25 miler!!!

It was a funnel cloud in the 2nd picture. I don't think it touched down but geez I wouldn't want to be any where near that. We did pass up a blow up float and we were just glad a puff of wind didn't catch it and blow it towards the horses. Elan would have had a melt down. LOL He is my cousin's half paint half Arabian - solid black and as pretty as they come. He will get in the lake but he doesn't want to be any where NEAR the water at the beach. I got on one side and was trying to crowd him towards the water - LOL he moved a little closer but he slowed down too. He is not a dummy!!!

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