To Finish Is To Win

American Endurance
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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

    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

    Cruppers, from

    Martingales, from

    Hackamores, from


    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

    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

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

    Tips and Hints on Endurance Riding, from


    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

    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

    Trailering Articles from

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

    Updated 9/25/18