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[RC] TWHs in endurance - Roberta Lieberman

>The TWH barns here have no idea which bloodlines would be appropriate for
endurance. They are completely focused on the shows. Has anyone done
this research? I would appreciate any information about TWH that have
excellent endurance records (mileage not wins).<

Hi E,

I don't know about a study -- but we have two currently competing Walkers (one actually a Spotted Saddle Horse of TWH breeding) who love this sport.

Bubba G just completed all five days of Bryce Canyon XP for a little over 1,200 miles in less than ten months. He is 15.2 with nine-inch cannons and a relatively light torso.

My mare Sports Infatuated Gypsy has 635 lifetime miles after starting her endurance career last year at the age of ten. She is the smartest, most sure-footed horse I've ever ridden.

Gypsy and Bubba share the stallion Ebony Masterpiece in the third generation, both on the mare's side. There are lots of "Go Boy" and "Midnight" horses but I'll bet they appear in lots of gaited horse pedigrees.

I think the key is to look for a horse with good bone structure, well shaped feet, a good back and clean way of going. Both of ours have a tremendous work ethic and I think that's a virtue of the breed.

Hope this info is helpful.

Bobbie in Jamul, Calif.


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