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Re: [RC] Question on Mounted Posse/Endurance - Barbara McCrary

While we have not been on a sheriff's posse, we have done a lot of patrolling in parks...Mounted Assistance Unit is the name for our group.  We have to learn CPR and First Aid; other than that, we just ride quietly throughout the park and talk to people, answer questions, etc.  We have ridden nothing but our endurance horses for 23 years on this job.  We haven't trained for helicopters and gunfire, but some of our group has.
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Sent: Friday, July 21, 2006 8:56 AM
Subject: [RC] Question on Mounted Posse/Endurance

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.
(I am on digest form)
Diana Hiiesalu Bain

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