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    01-27-2012, 10:08 PM
If I went on an endurance ride and cantered for 25 miles (with or without pre-conditioning), I would be lame. My horse might be fine, but not me.
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    01-27-2012, 10:13 PM
Gah, I just hate it when people are idiots and their horses pay the price (and they always do!!). Yeah, Snickers is in pretty good shape, but I'm not going to assume anything about his condition and preparedness for an actual race. Like I said, I think this year is going to be more about conditioning than actually competing, especially because I graduate this December and then I will have a lot more time (and money to get a trailer and truck!) to condition him the way I'd like to. If I can, I'd be really happy if I made it out to two 25-mile competitions, MAYBE one 50-mile one (I'm definitely not getting my hopes up on that one though), but if I come to 2013 without having competed because I wanted to be sure my horse was ready, I'll be happy with a sound and sane horse :)
    01-27-2012, 10:15 PM
Jilly, that is a really nice horse.
    01-27-2012, 10:54 PM
Originally Posted by Celeste    
Jilly, that is a really nice horse.
Thank you! You can see him under halter at Phantasy Arabians - that's the place I'm getting him from.

He's also got really nice bone. The vet came and took a look at him today and brought his wife, who's an endurance rider. She said with his bone and build, he's exactly what they look for in endurance horses :) I'm quite excited to get started with him! He doesn't have that dished nose and is "just a chestnut", but I really like him!

Here are a few more pictures of his legs - he's got some pretty solid bone!
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    01-27-2012, 11:14 PM
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Glad to hear her horse was ok...even if the owner was an idiot.

Jilly he looks really nice. Good bone is a must for endurance. Biscuit is a QH with 9" cannon bones. He is pretty solid but he is not huge. And he wasn't started til he was probably darn near 6 years old. Long slow miles are going to build those tough tendons and ligaments...woot!
    01-28-2012, 11:21 AM
Snickers doesn't have an extreme head, but he does have a really nice head. He looks like he is solid as a rock. How tall is he?
    01-28-2012, 11:41 AM
Originally Posted by Celeste    
Snickers doesn't have an extreme head, but he does have a really nice head. He looks like he is solid as a rock. How tall is he?
That's what I was thinking. You can't think such a beautifully built horse isn't pretty! I think his chin is cute - it hangs down and is pretty defined haha. He's 15.1 - and his rounder barrel (as opposed to their withers that stick out, especially during this time of the year) makes him look more solidly built and athletic than my quarter horses (14.3 and 15.1). My baby is supposed to be his size, but right now he's a full two hands shorter than Snickers. I know you can't really compare the build of QH's and Arabians, but coming from a full stock horse background, I'm pretty impressed by how solid Snickers is.
    01-29-2012, 01:45 PM
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Originally Posted by jillybean19    
I think this year is going to be more about conditioning than actually competing
This is def the right attitude to have. And not only do you need to make sure your new horse is physically ready, you need to make sure he is able to do all of other things expected of a distance horse: trot out in hand, stand for the vets, camp happily, etc. I am always amazed at people who have obviously never tried to do any of those things with their horses at home first.. talk about a miserable experience for everyone!
    04-10-2012, 04:15 PM
New Endurance Forum!

Hey all you endurance riders! I know there are a few in this thread ;) We now have our own forum for posting about endurance! It's located at Endurance Riding - but here's the catch: in order to keep it, it has to get active and STAY active! So please start posting anything endurance related there so we can keep our new home for endurance conversations! Thanks!

(PS - sorry if you see this message on a few different threads - I'm trying to get the word out to as many endurance riders as possible!)

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