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Re: [RC] Question on Mounted Posse/Endurance - Jo Anne Rudolph

Several years ago, I was in a mounted search and rescue group, women only.  I used my endurance horse, and he kicked butt when it came to getting to the search site in good time, and having the stamina to last all day, and be effective, in rugged country if the search went on that long.  Another lady on an Arab (neither did endurance) was a liability because her horse was cuckoo.  You just don't know until you try.

Diana Hiiesalu <entais@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I have a question that I thought someone might be able to have some input on.
I have an 8 yr old arab who is in training now to be broke. I bred him and he has a wonderful mind, calm and thoughtful. I've been busy with my life, but things changed drastically so now he's getting trained. I originally wanted to ride him in endurance, but for the time being, have signed up as a volunteer for the sheriff's posse in my area. Ali'i will have to pass a 40 hour sensory training course, which will be starting in Jan. but soon, I will start taking him to general training events with the posse.
My question is: or I'm thinking more of a comment from another volunteer, who has been involved with the posse over 20 years. She said she doesn't know any endurance horse that has made a good posse horse, that they are too ready to go all the time. I'd like to think it really is just a matter of training, that your horse is either trained or he isn't. Since I'm starting with the posse training first, I figure he will have that down well before I get to conditioning for endurance. I have another arab who I think would also be a great posse horse, and I rode him in a 50 and did quite well with him. He's lazy for the most part, but during the race, lazy is not a word I would have described him. Anyway, I'd love to hear comments and/or experiences related to this.
Thanks in advance.
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Diana Hiiesalu Bain

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[RC] Question on Mounted Posse/Endurance, Diana Hiiesalu