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breeds in endurance
I agree that breeds other than Arabs can be competitive in
endurance, BUT, an exceptional individual does not make the
breed. I have seen a Hackney/Clyde cross whip the pants off of
Arabs at 50 miles. Wet saddle blankets does not necessarily
make the horse if they don't have the right stuff to start with. After
4000 miles of competition, my Morgan still cannot recover like
most Arabs. I have a warmblood with a resting pulse of 32, but she
cannot recover like most Arabs. I also have an Arab that recovers
slower than the Morgan!
When you are playing a game where recovery is part of the
competition, it can be a strong point or a weak point. Even among
Arabs and Half-Arabs, there are those individuals that recover faster
than others. Recovery is not ALL of the game, there are plenty
more areas where ride strategy can make or break you. Simply
ride to your horse's advantages, whatever they might be. I feel as
riders that we are putting way too much emphasis on pulse rather
than looking at the entire picture. In that, I feel that the Arabian
breed is more suited to the sport than most other breeds. Getting
into a breed war is a waste of good horsemanship.
John and Sue Greenall
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