To Finish Is To Win

American Endurance
Ride Conference

no content
no content
no content
no content

Preparing for Your First Ride


photo by C. Mike Tomlinson, DVM

Getting Started


YouTube videos from AERC -- learn the basics of arriving at camp, horse camping, packing a crew bag, the control check exam and how to stay on trail

Endurance Basics by Genie Stewart-Spears, reprinted from Arabian Horse World (pdf)

Getting Started: Beautiful Trails and Competition from Equine Canada HorseLife Magazine

Getting Started: Q and A from Equine Canada HorseLife Magazine

  • Using a Stethoscope video (.mov file) will give you an overview of stethoscope use for endurance riders

    Tack and Equipment

    Saddle Fit:
    Fitting the Saddle to the Withers by Kim and Karin Baker, from TheHorse.com

    The Nine Points of Saddle Fitting by Stacey Nedrow-Wigmore, from Dressage Today magazine

    Check for Back Pain and Saddle Fit by Joyce Harmon, DVM, from Practical Horseman magazine

    Bridles, Bits, Hackamores, Breast Plates and Cruppers:

    The Bit Gallery, from Equisearch.com

    Cruppers, from Wikipedia.com

    Martingales, from Wikipedia.com

    Hackamores, from Wikipedia.com


    Conditioning


    Assessing Your Equine's Overall Fitness by Terre O'Brennan

    How Long Does It Take to Complete a Ride? by Deirdre C. Monroe

    Is Your Horse Fit? The Physiology of Conditioning, from the Alberta (Canada) Ag-Info Centre, via PonyClub.org/uk


    Learning to Pace


    The Art of Pacing the Distance Horse (pdf), by Sue Greenall

    Pacing In Competition from the AERC Rider Handbook (Chapter 10)


    Other Advice


    (Note: these are only opinions and every horse requires individual adjustments)

    Training for Endurance by Jim Holland, from SERAonline.org

    Glossary of Distance Riding Terms, from the Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association

    Tips and Hints on Endurance Riding, from olddominionrides.org


    Electrolytes


    Sweating the Small Stuff by Ken Marcella, DVM, from DVM, the Newsmagazine of Veterinary Medicine

    Recognition and Management of Fluid and Electrolyte Changes in Equine Athletes by Arthur B. King, DVM, from octra.on.ca


    What to Pack


    What to Pack in Your Endurance Crewbag by Karen Chaton

    Stocking the Complete Equine Emergency Kit by Ken Marcella, DVM


    Trailering Considerations


    Right on Schedule: Trailer Maintenance by Sharon Biggs, from TheHorse.com

    Trailering Articles from Equisearch.com

    Horse Trailering Information from the Ontario (Canada) Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs


    Updated 9/25/18