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Re: [RC] Call it endurance? Diane's post - Diane Trefethen

Joe Long wrote:
...one of the arguments that swayed me was that endurance was defined on the physiologic response of the horse AFTER 25-30 miles. At this point is where ENDURANCE horses are created...
It's been my understanding that the distance that really separates out
horses' distance abilities is around 60 - 70 miles.

Both levels are important milestones in an Endurance horse's development. At 25-30 miles, the horse MUST start considering that, hey, this "friend" on my back just might kill me if I don't start paying attention to eating and drinking. As conditioning progresses and 50 miles becomes as easy as 25 used to be, once again, the horse begins to feel like he doesn't have to be careful. If all the rider plans on is 50's, then there's no problem. But Joe is right if the rider wants to move up to 100's... and it won't be till about 60 miles out that the horse will revise his estimation of how much HE needs to take charge of the eating and drinking end of things :)


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