Well its official - I'm an Equine Polygamist! After years of saying one horse is enough, I seem to have found myself with another. West Grey Bay, or Westie, is an Off The Track Standardbred. 10 years old, a respectable racehorse in his day, 15.1hh and if I do say so myself... nice bone and… Continue reading The Westie Saga
It's no surprise that we are running out of trails for equestrian use in Ontario. Thanks to urban sprawl and other factors, trails that used to be available to equestrians are disappearing. That is why I jump at the chance to support new distance rides in Ontario because if we don't, these trails may disappear.… Continue reading The Amazing Race of Madawaska
The day had arrived! We got to officially meet "our" horse for the next 6 days. We piled on all of our layers, fully aware we would be riding into snow that morning and had a quick breakfast of breads, croissants, jams and coffee. Since the plans had changed, we would be staying in that… Continue reading Fun in France – Part 3
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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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
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
Article originally appeared in the October issue of Equestrian Ontario (formerly On The Horse) Magazine. See it here or pick one up in your local Ontario tack shop today! If you have been following along with our series, you may be keen to load up your trailer and hit the trails with Ontario… Continue reading Your First Competitive Distance Ride
While we are all endurance riders here at Eat Sleep Ride Repeat, we do dabble in other disciplines and try to keep up to date with what is going on in other parts of the horse world. A recent article on Eventing Connect (https://eventingconnect.today/2017/10/09/grow-eventing-holly-jacks-smithers-kicks-it-off-in-ontario-with-a-practical-approach/) spoke to the state of eventing in Ontario. Many events saw… Continue reading Why Haven’t You Tried This Yet?
August 19 and 20th I packed up my car and headed to Solstice's home, at the Ganaraska Forest for the Summer's End OCTRA ride. This is a particularly special ride, as it started as a training clinic a few years ago and has grown both in popularity and in size as generous landowners allowed the… Continue reading Summer’s End Ride