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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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September 2018 Newsletter

September means longer rides and faster paces to get ready for the SE season as well as trailer check-up, and tack check-up, reviewing the ride calendar, planning, circling dates and...
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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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August 2018 Newsletter

What do you do in the off season? I allow my horses time to rest from distance training during the heat of the summer and offer other vocations to help...
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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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July 2018 Newsletter

Let the New Year begin! The membership meeting and awards ceremony was the perfect way to start the SEDRA ride season!
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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...
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May 2018 Newsletter

  May/June 2018 May is full of excitement! Mares delivering their beautiful foals, lush Spring grass creating glossy coats on our horses, beautiful wild flowers in bloom and plenty of...
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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...
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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...
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April 2018 Newsletter

I don’t know about all of you but when the weather is this lovely, I want to ride, ride, ride!
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Equine Conditioning Principles

Training the horse to use the specific muscles and systems involved in the sport in which the horse competes, while considering the individual horse's fitness level, are two additional principles...
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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...
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March 2018 Newsletter

March has started with a BANG! There are rides every weekend or so it seems, the weather is near perfect, horses are full of spring silliness and the flowers and...
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Jim Wofford: Ready to Ride?

Jim advises riders not to overlook this essential in preparing for your new competitive season.
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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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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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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...
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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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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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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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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...
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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...
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Learning To Ride My Own Ride

by Patti Stedman | Jan 7, 2011 | Articles | Reprinted from Endurance News, January 2011 I admit that I am a slow study, and that it has taken me...
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