Rider Education & Resources

Competitive trail riding and endurance riding is exciting and challenging; you will expand your horsemanship abilities, enhance your partnership with your horse, and refine your trail riding skills. These events demand the successful human partner of the team to know and understand their equine partner in a way that is rarely attained in other forms of equine sports.  Many riders start at the competitive trail riding level and, if they find it to their liking, will move on to also competing in endurance riding.

The worldwide motto of the distance riding sport is “to complete is to win.”  This standard ensures that participating horses finish the distance “fit to continue.” Whether winning, completing or almost-but-not-quite making it, distance trail riding events should be a fun and rewarding experience for horse and rider. It provides the joy of many miles on the trail and knowing that rider and horse as a team are fit to do more than they thought possible.

With that in mind, we would like to offer you resources to get you and your equine partner on the trail toward success! 

SEDRA’s CTR Rookie Handbook
AERC Endurance Riders Handbook
List of Mentors for Competitive Trail, Endurance & Driving

No More Saddle Sore

Learn how to prevent soreness in your horse on all-day rides with these expert guidelines. Plus: Rider-soreness prevention tips.
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10 Tips for Hot Trips

Oh So Hot To help you understand the risks, let’s start by looking at the basic mechanisms that help your horse cool down—and how those cooling strategies are compromised when he’s locked in a box.
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Condition Your Horse Like a Pro

That competitive edge. It might look different for different disciplines, but this intangible has its roots in the same concept: conditioning. In short, conditioning develops the musculoskeletal, neurologic, and cardiovascular systems so they can perform athletic endeavors with the greatest efficiency and the least stress on the body.
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How to Measure Your Horse’s Fitness using a Heart Monitor

Why monitoring your horse’s heart rate is important Heart rate is the most reliable indicator of your horse’s condition when used before, during, and after exercise. Since the cardiovascular system is responsible for delivering blood to the muscles and removing by-products of metabolism, it is central to the horse’s musculoskeletel system’s ability to function. In...
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Get started in distance riding with Green Bean Endurance

Endurance riding can be an intimidating equine sport. After all, the shortest distance offered is 25 miles long. But a grassroots effort has been growing for the past few years to help the newest riders to learn the sport...
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Are You Riding a Lame Horse?

Would you knowingly ride a lame horse? Few people would, yet in a recent study, scientists found that nearly three-fourths of study horses had significant motion asymmetry, confirmed by motion analysis.
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Endurance Ride Camp Etiquette

When endurance riders converge on a camp site it is often said that we form a sort of community. We refer to those who are parked next to us as our “neighbors.” This is usually a good thing with a gathering of friends who will loan you a can opener or agree to wake you...
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Camping Safety: Providing a Secure Ride Camp

The excitement of going to a ride and having a great weekend with your horse adventuring down the trail is a big part of the reason why we love the sport of distance riding. One big component of the ride experience that can often times be overlooked by the thrill of the ride is the...
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Effects of Equine Conditioning

As you well know, a horse must have a certain level of fitness to perform well and endure activity without injury. This is true whether competing at a high level or merely enjoying occasional trail rides. Proper conditioning is a gift you can give your horse to ensure physical and mental health and well-being. The...
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Trail Riding Conditioning for Horse and Rider

Submitted by Katie Navarra EquiMed-Horse Health Matters Trail riding provides horse owners an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and an opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. Embarking on a trail ride can be purely recreational, a break from training, or a competitive endeavor. As with any horse-related...
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Horseback Riding Meets Running in the Sport of Ride and Tie

Are you a horse lover and a runner? Ever wonder if there was a way to combine the sport of endurance riding with cross-country running?
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What You Need to Know About Cooling Out Horses

Most horse owners are pretty comfortable with the basics of cooling off their horses. But what does it really mean, physiologically speaking, to say that your horse is “cooled out”?
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The Dangers of Riding Your Horse in Deep Sand

One of the characteristics of an experienced endurance rider or competitive trail rider is not just expert knowledge of the terrain, but the ability to gauge the terrain and make decisions about the appropriate speed for the terrain. This ability is vital in determining how not just to win on speed, but to win on...
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Ride without Pain, Avoid Injury and stay in the saddle!

Most equestrians will ignore an injury indefinitely just to stay in the saddle. But over the long term, remaining inattentive to it is not the best thing for riders
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Care and Feeding of the Endurance Horse

Nutrition, Body Condition, The Foot, Beating the Metabolic Pull, Colic, Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome, Worms and Deworming, Vaccination and Disease, Housing, Emergency Planning, and more!
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Top Ten Questions Endurance Green Beans Ask

by Patti Stedman | Sep 3, 2017 | Patti’s Blog | [Photo by Spectrum Photography. GMHA, 2015] I believe that I shall always miss David Letterman’s Top Ten lists. After teaching so many clinics, meeting new riders or prospective riders or riders who have an inkling that they might love our sport “if only …...
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Featured Videos

If you’ve never thought about entering an Endurance ride or Competitive Trail ride, these videos might convince you to try it. Do you dream of spending all day with your horse? Do you love discovering new trails and taking on the challenge of varied terrain? Do you believe that there’s no such thing as too...
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Dangers of Overtraining

Overtraining symptoms are seen most often in high-intensity sports like racing, but horses in training for any activity can suffer from chronic fatigue.
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Preventing Pre-Ride Dehydration

Most riders  would  not  start a ride with  a lame  horse. Even if they wanted to try, the  vets would  not  allow the horse to start. On the other hand, many  riders, most  unknowingly start a ride with a partially dehydrated horse. Yet, there is more and more evidence that pre-ride dehydration may be far...
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Care and Feeding of “You” the Rider!

When the going gets tough, tell yourself, "I can do it. Other riders have done this before and I can succeed too."
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Preparing for Your First Ride.

Getting Started: Tack and Equipment( Saddle Fit, Bridles, Bits, Hackamores, Breast Plates and Cruppers); Conditioning (Learning to Pace, Other Advice), What to Pack..
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Mountain Bikes on the Trail? No Problem for Prepared Horses

Great article for all trail enthusiasts, know the trail and prepare your horse! In urban equestrian areas, off-leash dogs and baby buggies are often as common as horses. These unfamiliar, fast-moving, and loud objects can frighten horses. A few strategies can help prepare your horse for these contemporary trail obstacles and increase safety.  Click here...
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Rider Fitness 2018 03: Nine Tips to Stay on Your Game as an Older Rider

Whatever your riding discipline is, and whatever your age, I found that the tips made a nice conversion into tips for success with rider fitness. This month, we'll cover what these nine tips can mean for your workout- and body care- success.
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Learning To Ride My Own Ride

I admit that I am a slow study, and that it has taken me some time to figure out precisely what “ride your own ride” means, and to develop the self-discipline to actually make it happen.
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Recognizing and Avoiding Problems During and After a Ride

Keeping your horse — and yourself — healthy is vital to participate successfully in endurance riding.
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Ride Camp Food Safety & Potluck Recipes

It is not uncommon here in the southeast to find potluck dinners at rides. Sometimes the Ride Manager will plan a potluck for one night of a multiday. Sometimes the riders get together and have one on a smaller scale.
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Keeping Your Horse Hydrated

In a perfect world, our horses would always be well hydrated. Keeping your horse hydrated is an important part of keeping your horse healthy at home and on the trail. Traveling with horses can start them down the trail to dehydration. Many horses don’t drink or don’t drink enough while they are on the trailer....
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Fit Rider: Five-Minute Warmup

Active stretching that activates your muscles and increases blood flow is the most productive type of warmup. Both your body and your horse will appreciate the benefits.
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