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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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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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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 of conditioning to consider as you work with your horse.
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Jim advises riders not to overlook this essential in preparing for your new competitive season.
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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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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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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 some time to figure out precisely what “ride your own ride” means, and to develop the self-discipline to actually make it happen. I have ridden...
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Endurance offers the opportunity to spend all day with your horse on the trails, beyond the confines of a ring or indoor arena. For those who love it, it’s an unparalleled riding experience that allows an equestrian to compete while connecting with nature and horse over a long span of time and distance, and many...
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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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Learn about this historic, progressive trail ride that traces the route Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce took while fleeing from the U.S. Cavalry in 1877,
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