Sunday, March 06, 2005

Endurance Riding - What Is It?


A Partnership Sport

by Jennifer Whittaker

Endurance Riding is a partnership sport where horses and riders have to function as a cooperative team in order to complete a measured course within a maximum period of time in sound condition. There are a variety of distances included in endurance riding. The shortest are the practice rides - Limited Distance. LD rides are generally 25-35 miles long, and have to be completed in 6-7 hours. Endurance rides start at 50 miles and frequently are 100 miles. 50-mile rides must be completed in 12 hours, while 100 mile riders have 24 hours in which to complete. The next step is the Multi-day rides - where horse and rider teams compete for a series of days completing several hundred miles in a weekend or week.

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