Another endurance ride in the bag
By Judy Evans
July 4, 2022 5:01am CST
The collage shows endurance horse riders leaving on an 80 kilometre (50 mile) ride. There was ice on our windscreens when we got up at 6 am and the riders left at 7 am. You can see that it was quite foggy. We were able to get some nice photos over the course of Friday and Saturday. The horses have to be very fit to cover 80 kilometres and, on a cold morning, they are keen to get on the track and warm themselves up. The first checkpoint is 10 km away. By that time, they will have settled down and will be looking forward to a drink and some hay and carrots. The three single horses all have Arab blood. Top right is an anglo-arab (Arab/Thoroughbred) stallion. Lower left is a pure Arab stallion and lower right an Arab/Warmblood cross gelding who started off as a dressage horse but decided he liked endurance better. All three are very successful.
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• El Paso, Texas
Those 3 horses are beautiful. I was once told that stallions are difficult to work with and when there is more than one stallion then often fights between them occur. Of course you know that what little I do know about horses is mostly thanks to you.
• Rockingham, Australia
You are quite right about stallions and there are certain rules concerning their participation. We often have these two stallions but on the weekend, we had another two pony stallions but they did shorter distances. Not many people would own a stallion unless they have a particular reason to do so. The handlers make sure they keep the stallions away from each other and they avoid getting too close to any of the other horses. If the stallions are used to being ridden with others then there is mostly no trouble.
• El Paso, Texas
That sounds like it could really be dangerous. I've only seen one stallion in my life, I was with a friend who wanted to check out horses and the horse was all white and rearing up in an agitated manner inside his pen. Its the only time I've ever been afraid of a horse. I've been horse back riding before but I think those poor horses were probably fairly old and cantankerous