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

Endurance 101: a gentle guide to the sport of long-distance riding is the first book written specifically for beginning endurance riders.

“How To” Endurance Primer! From our friends at – In reality, endurance can be anything you want it to be — from a strategic racing endeavor to a glorified trail ride. This link will take you through an endurance ride step-by-step … from the start to finish line, including hints and tips and gems of insight that would have taken you years to figure out yourself. We’ll escort you down the trail, and even to a multi-day, to give you a vibrant picture of what awaits you in this incredible equine distance sport.

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..

Endurance 101 and Beyond offers this information! There are three main areas when it comes to conditioning for endurance competition:

Part I Conditioning for Endurance

Part II Mental Conditioning

Don’t forget to condition the soft tissue between the ears – Mental training is important for any sport. Your horse should be willing and responsive under saddle and MUST have good ground manners to successfully participate in distance riding events. Good training is as important as good conditioning, because a horse can use up a lot of physical energy coping with emotional stress at the event. Not to mention that vets don’t appreciate being kicked!

Practice all the things the vet will do at a ride on a regular basis (like the Horse Health Check). Trot out in hand, straight lines and trot large circles with your horse in both directions. Encourage your horse to stand quietly for vetting. Ask others at your barn to pretend they are the vet and touch your horse all over, listen for gut sounds, take pulse, do capillary refill test, etc. Does your horse tie to the trailer? Does your horse respect portable electric fencing? Does your horse behave around other strange horses in close proximity? Do YOU have good manners (i.e. know about trail etiquette?).

Does your horse have good brakes and steering when you ride? What would you do if your car didn’t slow down when you stepped on the brakes? Incorporate regular schooling sessions with your horse. Take riding lessons from a qualified coach. A top endurance rider once told us, “Only amateurs don’t take lessons”.

Part III Time off and Recovery

25 Things to know before your first 25 mile LD ride – June 26, 2015 The running, riding, writing veterinarian Blog created by Melinda Faubel Newton, certified AERC control judge.

50 things to know before your first 50 mile endurance ride – December 4, 2016 The running, riding, writing veterinarian Blog created by Melinda Faubel Newton, certified AERC control judge

Moving Up to Longer Distances: Preparing for a 100-Mile Ride -The real challenge in endurance riding is in the longer rides and they are not as difficult as you might imagine. A 100 is a totally different experience than a 50-miler. Of necessity you have a different strategy on a longer ride. The adrenalin pumps just as much or more at the beginning but as the day goes on you can relax some of your competitiveness and, if you are lucky, start moving up in the ride. If you are ready, try a 100-miler this year — your horse will probably surprise you and you may just surprise yourself. Above are some resources to get you started in your quest for a 100-mile ride.

Endurance Do’s & Don’ts – Blog Hop October 21, 2014 Facing your first 100 mile endurance ride can be daunting. As was written in the card from the ride manager where I finished my first 100 mile on Farley said “you’ll never forget your first”. And she was right. For all the best AND worst reasons.

Dental Problems Can Masquerade as Training Problems Article by John Strassburger, Horse Journal Performance Editor. Your horse’s teeth can affect how he feels, behaves and performs.

Monitoring Metabolics – Implications for ALL HORSE SPORTS! – The Equine Gastro-Intestinal Tract (GIT) – By Dr Jo Hamilton-Branigan BSc(Hons), BVSc(Hons)

Is Your Horse Fit? The Physiology of Conditioning, from the Alberta (Canada) Ag-Info Centre

Training Horses for Speed or Endurance By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · January 25, 2013

Training for Endurance by Jim Holland, from

Signs and Symptoms of Fatigue in the Equine by Dr. B.C. Throgmorton, DVM NATRC veterinary judge who was instrumental in setting up the rules for NATRC vet judges to follow.

When Your Horse Needs Electrolytes These common minerals work together to maintain physiological equilibrium in a sweaty horse, a critical job that is surprisingly easy for you to help with.

Sweating the Small Stuff by Ken Marcella, DVM, from DVM, the Newsmagazine of Veterinary Medicine

Think ‘paid dues’ to assess your equine By Bruce Weary DC Endurance News 12-2011

Recognition and Management of Fluid and Electrolyte Changes in Equine Athletes by Arthur B. King, DVM, from

How to Back a Trailer March 28, 2017 – The running, riding, writing veterinarian Blog created by Melinda Faubel Newton, certified AERC control judge

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