IMO it takes just as much time to condition any horse to handle the stress.
Arabs just seem to be able to come out of the pasture and do it,
independent of the condition of the legs. You can do this for a season,
but if the base is not there the horse won't last - arab or non arab.
>You also noted that Misty has quite a temperament. Is that necessary for a
>good endurance horse, do you think? This is why I asked why in the world
>people would ride the horses I saw being described. If an
>temperament is a requirement for endurance horses, I can see it will never
>be a sport I would enjoy. I like being safe! At 46, I don't bounce like I
>used to, it breaks more easily, and takes longer to heal! I will add that
>the temperament that I saw in Walkers, not to mention the gait modification
>practiced in that breed, is why I did not go into them when I left Pasos,
>and instead went into Mountain Horses.
Think about this - as Bob Morris posted some time ago. You put a lot of
miles on this horse with a training program to get him in shape to do a 6
to 10 mph pace over 50 to 100 miles. This animal feels good, he is in good
shape, he is strong and he is a horse and loves to run. Do you really
expect him to act like he is taking 3 year old kids on pony rides around a
Maybe the motto for endurance riders should be "I may be half crazy but it
keeps me from going insane."