Most endurance riders have a Dream of one day completing the Tevis which is known as the Western States 100-Mile One Day Ride; one of the most challenging horse events in the world.
Preparing your horse and yourself is very time consuming and I recommend you spend at least three years training for it after you have actually been riding endurance for a few years.
Most people think you must have an Arab, but that is absolutely not the case. What you do need is a horse with good conformation, well disciplined, experience in all types of terrains, especially mountain climbing, bridges and night riding. And you must be willing to train yourself, get into shape and learn two very important things: (1)Think Like A Horse (2) Impulse Control. Trust me, you can train any horse with good conformation to accomplish this goal.
I actually bought a Missouri Foxtrotter cross Quarter Horse from an auction that was absolutely terrified of everything. You put a saddle on him and he would start bucking 10 to 15 minutes straight; and then get on him and the buck would just get worse. After three years of being kind, loving him no matter what he did, training him myself with self help DVD’s, designing the perfect saddle and lots of slow slow miles to build endurance for not only him, but myself we completed the Tevis the first time around and received our Tevis Cup Belt Buckle ~ what a great experience and I hope I can help others that have a love for horses as this was the most wonderful experience of my life!
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