• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

5-10 mile Endurance/Competitive Trail Rides?

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • 5-10 mile Endurance/Competitive Trail Rides?

    Hi everyone, I'm interested in taking my retired show pony on some endurance type rides, per the suggestion from a good friend that would go with me. He lost some eyesight in one eye and gets too nervous in a hectic jumping warm-up ring at shows, so he's retired from those. I'm planning on doing some more trail riding before we attempt a short endurance ride, but can anyone tell me what to expect on a short, short ride like these? Does everyone leave the start at once, are there vet-type checks for rides this short? Do you just wear what you'd wear for a normal trail ride?

    He is a large pony, Arab x QH, about 17 years old (in FANTASTIC condition though), was looky when we showed but is pretty cool and calm in a less busy environment. His walk is fine, but he has a very bouncy trot. I think we'd be doing mostly walking/some trotting and it would only be a short ride so that shouldn't be a big deal. My only concern is that he'd be in really close quarters and being passed up by other horses (he can't handle that). If we start last, will that be an issue?

    And lastly, does anyone know where I could find any of these rides in MD/PA, within a couple hours of central MD? A website where I could find places would be great!

    Thanks guys!

  • #2
    I have done one Fun Ride (12 miles long).

    There were maybe 15 horses and we left well after the "Big Girl Riders" went out.

    It was really very casual and inviting-they started everyone but you could hang back or go with the other riders.

    People were very accommodating knowing the reason most of us were doing it was because we did not have experience.

    We did have a vet check at the end-I think mostly so we could learn what it was like.

    As far as clothes-anything goes that helps you stay comfy!

    As far as passing and such-on the ride I did we were still on the Big Rider trail so riders do come by or at you depending on how it is designed. Again, every rider was polite-I believe we had ribbons in the tails so riders knew we were just part of the fun ride.

    Every rider announced they were coming behind us-I chose to just step off the trail so they could pass without issue and to respect the fact they are competing.

    http://www.doublejoy.com/erol/Calend...e=_r&region=ne

    That is the ride schedule for your area-I would just click on those near you and read the ride info-it will have on the flyer if a Fun Ride is offered.


    Hope that helps!

    Comment


    • #3
      The shorter endurance rides will be the Limited Distance rides and most of them are 25 miles vs the full length 50 milers
      Check out the AERC website on their calendar for rides in your area. Most endurance rides are a shot gun start. But if your horse gets excited about that, Just ride him off in the opposite direction at the start and let the crowd get a head start and then follow them after the dust settles.

      I did a lot of NATRC competitive trail rides. Those are mostly weekend rides that cover 40-50 miles over two days. So you are riding 20-25 miles on Saturday and 15-20 miles on Sunday. You can find their calendar of rides on NATRC.ORG. They do a few one day rides. But not many. Their judging includes how you camp with your horses as well as horsemanship and conditioning. Most NATRC rides use a spaced start. Where one horse is released each 30 or 60 seconds to space them out on the trail. Since it is a set time for the ride, ( too fast or too slow and you loose points) The spaced start seems to help horses calm down.

      There are other Competitive Trail organizations. Check to see what group is popular in your neck of the country.

      You might also check and see if there are any Mounted Orienteering events in your area. Where you use GPS to reach certain check points in a timed event.

      Comment


      • #4
        Originally posted by Crown Royal View Post
        Hi everyone, I'm interested in taking my retired show pony on some endurance type rides, per the suggestion from a good friend that would go with me. He lost some eyesight in one eye and gets too nervous in a hectic jumping warm-up ring at shows, so he's retired from those. I'm planning on doing some more trail riding before we attempt a short endurance ride, but can anyone tell me what to expect on a short, short ride like these? Does everyone leave the start at once, are there vet-type checks for rides this short? Do you just wear what you'd wear for a normal trail ride?

        He is a large pony, Arab x QH, about 17 years old (in FANTASTIC condition though), was looky when we showed but is pretty cool and calm in a less busy environment. His walk is fine, but he has a very bouncy trot. I think we'd be doing mostly walking/some trotting and it would only be a short ride so that shouldn't be a big deal. My only concern is that he'd be in really close quarters and being passed up by other horses (he can't handle that). If we start last, will that be an issue?

        And lastly, does anyone know where I could find any of these rides in MD/PA, within a couple hours of central MD? A website where I could find places would be great!

        Thanks guys!
        Short distance rides -6 miles and up to 20 are mostly competitive trail rides sponsored on the east coast & Mid-Atlantic by ECTRA (Eastern Competitive Trail Ride Association (ectra.org)). They have a nice website that gives a complete list of both CTR and Endurance rides in the area. Several are coming up this fall in MD (the Chesapeake at Fair Hill in September which has the type intro ride you want) and PA (the Muckleratz in July) and several in the late fall in NJ. A CTR is a controlled, timed start with riders going out in stages and a specific window of time when the riders must cross the finish line. ECTRA has their rule book online for you to study and understand how these rides are ridden and judged.

        An LD (Limited Distance 25 to 35 miles/1 day) and Endurance (50 miles and up in 1 day) are both done with a "shot gun" start - all riders starting together at the same time, and a maximum time to finish. The rules and ride calendar for LD and Endurance are found on the aerc.org website (American Endurance Ride Conference)

        You can start last in both sports if you wish.
        Last edited by gothedistance; Jun. 27, 2011, 09:08 PM.

        Comment


        • #5
          We don't have much NATRC here, but AERC fun rides will be in the 10-15mi range. I'd say more often than not there will be a casual vet in and check at the end, primarily for education. There will be a time, usually later in the morning after the other riders have started that the fun ride is scheduled to start, but you are under no real obligation to begin or end at any particular time. Just make sure you don't give the impression you may be lost and stress out the Ride Manager! You may leave after the group if that's more comfortable for you. Just an FYI, you may not be the only one doing that

          You will not have your own loop. Your trail will be a section of trail for rider's on another distance. Ride Management may try to time things so you aren't on the same trail at the same time, but she will really have no control over that, and may not be able to schedule things that way at all. You may have frontrunners cantering by you who are focused on competing. Or there could just be middle packers trotting by. In any case, you should be prepared for that possibility, and as a fun rider you should yield the trail completely so long as it is safe to do so. Riders tend to be in clumps earlier in the day, so you may be able to get away with hopping off and waiting for the group to pass. Your horse will fair better if you hook up with a "buddy horse." If you find it necessary to pass someone, call out "Ok to pass?" or "On your right!" etc.

          Wear whatever you want. If you're not comfortable in it after walking and trotting in it for an hour, it's probably not a good choice. Even though a fun ride is short, I'd still advise not wearing or using anything for the first time on the day of.

          Have fun!
          An auto-save saved my post.

          I might be a cylon

          Comment

          • Original Poster

            #6
            Thank you everyone for the tips and suggestions! I will look into all of them.

            Comment


            • #7
              Also check your state Horsmans Council, part of the larger www.horsecouncil.org, for local clubs... usually by county. My local chapter has monthly rides at the closest state park spring through fall. There are 4 trails of varying lengths and sometimes groups splinter and take a higher or lower mileage trail. I did my first ride last week... 14 miles with a group of 5. We mostly walked and did stop once for a break of about 20 minutes..

              The local chapter here does not require a membership to ride along. I asked someone of my approximate age if i could follow along. I had a wonderful time. I think that i could go just about any day and find someone to ride with now.
              Susan

              Comment


              • #8
                Good luck getting into the sport!
                I have done a few 10-15 mile rides this year on greenies, and the ride staff is always great about teaching you the ropes. The ten mile ride at Chesapeake is WONDERFUL, and I will be there if you would like any help. The one thing I would mention is if you do a ride through ectra or a CTR you will have an optimum time to meet, based off of a 5mph speed. This will mean if you are completing 10 miles you have 2 hours to complete give or take some. Just be prepared to hold a medium trot through the ride so you have time to stop for water/food/munchies. Good luck, and feel free to pm me if you have any questions about the Chesapeake!

                Comment


                • #9
                  Oh, and most of the fun rides around here also give a completion award. A mug, a t-shirt, a key chain. Maybe nothing exciting, but still, that's fun, no?
                  An auto-save saved my post.

                  I might be a cylon

                  Comment

                  Working...
                  X