Horse A has more lifetime *endurance* miles. Horse B has more lifetime *limited distance* miles. As saratoga said, they are mutually exclusive - like the Ammy Owner Hunter and Open Hunter division in the AHSA (or whatever they're called now). AERC has a database column that offers both Endurance and LD miles totaled together for the benefit of riders who want to see their (or the horse's) complete number of competition miles.
This was my impression as well, but I thought I'd ask, as a friend of mine was sure that LD miles counted in the "lifetime miles".
But checking with the AERC site, they are listed differently -- in that if a horse did 4 25 mile rides in one year and that is all, the "year" column has a zero in it. The LDs & rides over 30 miles are in a different column, although AERC actually has no catagory for "Lifetime" miles.
So I wonder how many actual miles a horse like Tulip has?
Wasn't there a story about Tulip somewhere, detailing his history?? Written by a lady that had a chance to ride the 1/2 Morgan/1/2 Arab. Either a blog, or a magazine article or something???? I remember reading it not too long ago, fascinated that the horse really just wandered down the trail on "Tulip time" stopping to eat every few hundred yards. From what I've read of those mile chasers that put down their history in writing, almost all aim for the back of the pack.
endurance horses get smart
My fathers 1st endurance horse was a back of the pack horse, he stopped to eat when he wanted, drank from every puddle, etc etc. was just short of 10, 000 endurance miles by the time he was retired - in his entire career was pulled from one ride.. ever as an RO- my father thought he might have a hot nail as horse was NQR , turned out he was right. He was an amazing horse - and certainly an irreplaceable one imo.
Originally Posted by ExJumper
Sometimes I'm thrown off, sometimes I'm bucked off, sometimes I simply fall off, and sometimes I go down with the ship. All of these are valid ways to part company with your horse.