Another endurance ride in the bag

@JudyEv (282631)
Rockingham, Australia
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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@Juliaacv (68264)
• Canada
4 Jul
You got some great shots, they are very majestic looking horses.
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@JudyEv (282631)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Jul
Thanks. It's easier to take nice photos of good-looking horses.
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@Juliaacv (68264)
• Canada
5 Jul
@JudyEv They are that.
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@luisga814 (4346)
• Quezon City, Philippines
4 Jul
Are you the one on the horseback?
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@JudyEv (282631)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Jul
I don't ride any more but we take photographs.
@yanzalong (18803)
• Indonesia
4 Jul
I never try horse riding.
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@JudyEv (282631)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Jul
It's a popular pastime here but not so many do endurance.
@Beestring (2886)
• Hong Kong
4 Jul
The horses are beautiful.
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@JudyEv (282631)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Jul
Thanks. Yes, I thought so too.
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@DaddyEvil (86623)
• United States
4 Jul
You and Vince always get the most beautiful shots of the horses!
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@JudyEv (282631)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Jul
Thanks. It helps to have beautiful horses to start with.
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@DaddyEvil (86623)
• United States
5 Jul
@JudyEv You're welcome. It also takes a steady hand and a good eye to know when to take that perfect shot.
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@JudyEv (282631)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Jul
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@m_audrey6788 (58576)
• Germany
4 Jul
Your photos are nice. I love it
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@JudyEv (282631)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Jul
Thanks very much. I'm glad you like them.
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• Germany
5 Jul
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@xFiacre (10694)
• Ireland
4 Jul
@judyev I wouldn’t mind trotting out on a morning like that myself. Strikingly beautiful horses your snapped there.
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@JudyEv (282631)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Jul
It was pretty frosty. The horses were all blowing steam.
@rebelann (99776)
• El Paso, Texas
4 Jul
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.
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@JudyEv (282631)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Jul
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.
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@rebelann (99776)
• El Paso, Texas
5 Jul
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
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@JudyEv (282631)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Jul
@rebelann Some get very bored and frustrated if they are continually kept in pens and have very little freedom.
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@wolfgirl569 (57972)
• Marion, Ohio
4 Jul
It looks chilly there. Great photos
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@JudyEv (282631)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Jul
It was certainly chilly. The water buckets were all frozen over.
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@wolfgirl569 (57972)
• Marion, Ohio
5 Jul
@JudyEv Makes the horses a little more frisky.
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@JudyEv (282631)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Jul
@wolfgirl569 It does that. They were all keen to get trotting and warm up.
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@moonandstars (60456)
• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
4 Jul
80 km is a lot, what a fast creatures
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@JudyEv (282631)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Jul
They are allowed about 10 hours to complete the ride but they mostly don't take that long.
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• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
6 Jul
@JudyEv awesome!
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@Adie04 (13713)
4 Jul
Been ages not coming to this type of competition. Been ages not ride a horse since the pandemic too.
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@JudyEv (282631)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Jul
The pandemic has changed the lives of many of us. I don't think things will ever be quite the same.
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@Adie04 (13713)
5 Jul
@JudyEv I agree. Too many changes if I may say.
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@LindaOHio (98943)
• United States
4 Jul
Lovely horses. It's hot and dry here today. Definitely no ice around! Have a great day.
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@JudyEv (282631)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Jul
We'll always be in opposite seasons, won't we? It's been raining today and we have the heater going.
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@LindaOHio (98943)
• United States
5 Jul
@JudyEv lolol It was hot today with thunderstorms.
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@LadyDuck (399713)
• Switzerland
4 Jul
All beautiful horses that you photographed, you and Vince always take wonderful photos. Riding early in the morning must be a nice sensation, I hope it's not too cold there right now.
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@JudyEv (282631)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Jul
Thanks for the kind words. It was a very lovely location - most picturesque than some.
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@LadyDuck (399713)
• Switzerland
5 Jul
@JudyEv It is a nice place.
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@FourWalls (45511)
• United States
6 Jul
Oh, those horses are so beautiful!
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@JudyEv (282631)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Jul
I thought so too. You can't help but sit up straight and proud on such a creature.
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@JESSY3236 (16482)
• United States
5 Jul
pretty pictures.
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@JudyEv (282631)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Jul
Thanks. I'm glad you like them.
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@RasmaSandra (55997)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
4 Jul
As always lovely horses,
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@JudyEv (282631)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Jul
These all ride very regularly and are very experienced.
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