Watch two-time World Champion endurance rider and Hall of Famer Valerie Kanavy give an overview of the sport of endurance

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 endurance horses can remain competitive for 10 to 15 years. Comparable to the human marathon, endurance riding features competitions over distances ranging from 25 miles to 100 miles in a single day. Competitions adhere to rigorous standards of equine welfare and feature veterinary examinations throughout the ride and after the race’s finish. The horse and rider who cross the finish first and successfully pass the final veterinary exam are the winners. Kanavy discusses these veterinary exams in depth (including procedures for checking pulse rate, soundness test, and more) and other precautions taken on behalf of horse welfare. Click here for the video! Provide by USEF Learning Center

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