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Re: [RC] speaking of twh/mft - Barbara McCrary

Somehow, the Arab seems to have many physical characteristics that make him more suitable for endurance than most other breeds, but this is not ALWAYS the case.  For example, some people who ride Morgans admit that the breed is slower to recover P & Rs and slower to cool down their body core.  But I have seen some who do very well.  I have seen the occasional TWH in endurance, but have no input as to their recovery rates.  There has been the occasional Quarter Horse with a lot of TB blood in it that has done well, really well.  The occasional Mustang has been know to do well, too.   I would guess that you could ride any breed you wanted to, as long as placing first is not your top priority.  Stamina would come from conditioning, rather than the breed, I should think.  And one can ruin the tendons of any breed if he doesn't use care and consideration.  I can't speak from great experience because I have placed first only twice in my 33 years of endurance riding, but these are my observations. 
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Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2003 5:24 PM
Subject: [RC] speaking of twh/mft

Trying to find out info on endurance.....
My question is this...if you are riding an arabian and the "idea" is to keep a trot going over long distance for the race, then why wouldn't a gaited horse be more suited or the cross as someone mentioned?  My life of horses has been mainly riding trail/show the quarter type horse, with a dabble here and there in some gaited horses.  I guess I look at it as a gaited horse naturally covers more ground and more smoothly, why would that not be the best ride?  I was told that a gaited horse could not fair as well, because of the stamina, and because their tendons couldn't take it.  But if the horse is built and bred for what he does, how can it then hurt him?  I guess not knowing anything about all of this yet (endurance) brings me to that.  I would think that the long gait would be more healthy, than to try to keep a horse in a trot?  Just wondering?????   thanks : )
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[RC] speaking of twh/mft, Lori Greene