Endurance Racing, Just for Fun, Rider - Sarah

What Happens When an Endurance Rider Runs a Marathon

Anytime I try to explain my sport to a non-horsey person (hell, sometimes even to horsey people too), the go-to line is that Endurance is like Marathon on horseback. Of course, as anyone in the horsey group understands, the response from the non-horseys is generally "oh but the horse does the work, so its not… Continue reading What Happens When an Endurance Rider Runs a Marathon

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Have you created a training plan yet?

With daylight savings happening last week, we have an extra hour to ride in the evening! Which means training begins NOW! Have you prepared your training plan yet?

Eat Sleep Ride Repeat

March is a tough time of year for getting out riding.  I don’t know about you, but by this time, I am no longer excited about the snow and the cold.  I find more excuses not to ride than i would have early in the winter, even though I know that now is the time to start ramping up my training.  Its just the cold…. I am so sick of it.  It has gone on long enough!  This year is particularly bad, because we had a brilliant warm snap in February, so going back to temps near -20C feel more like I am jumping into the arctic ocean than looking toward spring.

So what do I do instead? I make my plan for the year!  Its a great time to start because it will help me be accountable for the next few weeks while temps remain below 0, but it will also…

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Call for Help! Head Shaking in Horses

Starting around this time last year (end of March), Splash developed headshaking.  For those not familiar, this article does a good job of explaining.  https://thehorse.com/14095/headshaking-in-horses/  The easiest way to describe it is the equivalent of a migraine in humans.  Something triggers the pain and different things affect different horses. Since I am running out of… Continue reading Call for Help! Head Shaking in Horses

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You Might Be An Endurance Rider if…

*cover photo courtesy of Wendy Webb photography Well, I did have the idea to write a humorous “you might be an endurance rider if” article for you, a la Jeff Foxworthy, but the recent issue of the AERC magazine has me changing the tone. I’ve been humming and hawing about whether or not to renew… Continue reading You Might Be An Endurance Rider if…

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If the world were a logical place, men would ride side saddle – Rita Mae Brown

With the popularity of shows like “Downton Abbey” depicting glamorous and exciting hunting scenes with women riding sidesaddle, the discipline is seeing a resurgence in those looking to learn how to ride as a beginner, to those more experienced riders wanting to be able to hunt sitting aside. Thanks to the Ontario Sidesaddle Association hosting… Continue reading If the world were a logical place, men would ride side saddle – Rita Mae Brown

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The Basic Trail Guide for a First Time Distance Rider

Article originally appears in Equestrian Ontario Magazine, December 2017 (pick yours up at your local Ontario tack shop today... FREE!) If you have been following our series, you are likely now on your horse, looking down the open trail from the start line, about to embark on your first 6 or 12 mile distance ride! … Continue reading The Basic Trail Guide for a First Time Distance Rider

Endurance Racing, Just for Fun, Rider - Sarah

15 Types of People You’ve Definitely Seen at an Endurance Ride

1. The Old Hat The distance between this rider's legs doesn't change when they dismount, and they have more miles under their girth than a migratory bird.  Their horse never seems to break from its perfect 10mph trot and never seems to be all too taxed.  The fountain of youth may be dry, but the… Continue reading 15 Types of People You’ve Definitely Seen at an Endurance Ride