What is endurance riding?

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if you’ve never heard of endurance riding, that’s OK.

The modern “endurance ride” is a sport designed to challenge horse and rider, the goal to finish the course with a horse that is “fit to continue". Trails wind through canyons, cross rivers, forests, and mountains. The course can range from 25-35 miles to 50, 75, or even 100 miles. There is a time limit to complete in time, and regular veterinary checks to ensure the welfare of the horse.

“Can my horse do endurance?” Your average horse is a perfectly suitable mount for a shorter 25-35 mile ride. Do your research, condition your horse, and have a great first ride! You’ll be hooked.

Old Dominion has a wealth of explanation and information.

AERC is the sport’s governing body in the United States, and their site hosts a national ride calendar and multiple resources for those interested in the sport.