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    Endurance/Trail Riding FAQs -- copy, link, add useful info here!

    We wanted to provide this FAQ thread as a work space for you to create a reference thread for your forum.

    Find yourself answering the same question or providing the same info over and over? Post it here!

    Think there's a terrific thread that serves as a great reference on a given subject? If it has a funky title, folks may not find it. Post a link here!

    While the site's main FAQ forum and help forum can be of help on general questions, this thread can serve as a handy reference for this particular forum for new and seasoned users alike.

    We'd also like to remind new users that the "search" and "advanced search" features are a great way to look for existing information on a topic you're interested in before posting a new thread -- click through via the light blue bar above.

    Please remember, we can't keep every thread on the forum due to size constraints, so if the thread you're linking to is shorter and older, it may face the chopping block by default. If you think it's worthy of linking to here, give me a heads up, and we can probably save it in the safe harbor of the reference forum!

    We may come in and pare out commentary from this thread periodically to keep it concise.

    Thanks and hope this thread is helpful!
    Mod 1

    Thanks, Mod 1!!! Super idea to create a sticky for most oft asked questions.

    Most popular thread seems to be "How do I start Endurance?" - the answer can be found here - on the Old Dominion Endurance Ride website. (pasted link:

    This on-line "endurance primer" includes everything you need to know about getting started and being successful in this sport including: information on electrolytes, how to condition, what to expect at a ride, how to plan your ride strategy, the vet checks, camping overnight with your horse, how to pack and what to wear, plus lots more! Geared to the newbie, and also to those looking to move up in the sport from LD to 50's. It is the BEST source anywhere on the web for learning about endurance riding !!!
    Last edited by gothedistance; Mar. 25, 2009, 09:24 AM.


      Excellent, this is wonderful!!! Great link GTD, I love that one.

      Basics and Getting Started:
      American Endurance Ride Conference Rider Handbook:

      Preparing for your First Ride:

      At your First Ride:

      Discussion Boards, Photos, Marketplace, News, much more too!!:

      Endurance.Net Newbie Page - TONS of great info here:

      Regional Organizations/Resources:

      Endurance Tack and Equipment Suppliers:

      More Advanced Topics:
      Tips on moving up to longer distances:

      FEI/International Endurance:

      Distance Driving:


        Definitely worth saving:

        What should I bring on a trail ride?:
        <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.


          The New Rider Handbook from the MnDRA/UMECRA.

          A handy, printable manual with lots of good info.

          Last edited by Leather; Oct. 12, 2009, 10:28 AM.


            Thanks guys...have read quite a bit now, and have a question...

            So it says that at vet checks you want to have hay, water, and food for does it get there? Surely you're not packing it on the horse, so is it just sit out the day before? Or do the people running the trail bring it for you?


              This should maybe be sticky? It's the COTH Riding Buddies Finder map on Google Maps:


              Here's the original thread that explains how it works:



                New Coggins Regulation for Trail Riders

                I'm not sure if this has been mentioned here yet.......I did search for it a bit but did not see a mention of this, so I'll post it here and update as I get any further information.

                Basically, various agencies in Virginia are going to be requiring that there be proof of negative Coggins tests for horses trail riding or simply being on ANY public land........NOT just organized, formal events and rides.......but even just your spur-of-the-moment Sunday ride with a friend if it's going to be on any sort of public land, such as State and National Parks and the National Forests. If you trail ride in any of these, or trail ride at all, you should be aware of this change in the regulations.

                This is the latest information I've received from a friend of mine who's on the board of directors of the Virginia Horse Council and is the Chairman of the Trails committee.

                I've copied and pasted an email I've sent out recently to people I know in Virginia:
                ......the VHC, Dr. Wilkes with the State Vet's office, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the various park and forest agencies have been trying to come to a wording for this regulation that satisfies everyone. So far, they are still discussing it, and the VHC is keeping abreast of the talks,........however, we did want to keep everyone updated as much as possible with the weather getting better and more people getting out to trail ride.

                With that in mind...........I've been asked to put this UNOFFICIAL word out to everyone in this area to start packing the papers in their saddle bags. State Parks, at this point, ARE going to require that they always be with the horse. Dr. Wilkes is thinking that if you are at an arena or show grounds then in the trailer is sufficient (as has always been the case) but on the trails we better carry. Owners without valid test reports could be charged with a Class I Misdemeanor and asked to return to the trailer and leave the Park/Forest area.

                They still need to consult with the attorney general and some other staff before they issue another press release.

                Laura Martlock
                Virginia Horse Council Board of Directors
                Owner of The Mane Street
                Wildwood Farm Lessons and Training


                  Here a few links to blogs by fellow endurance riders. This should be interesting reading for novices and experienced riders alike. We can all learn from each other's mistakes or success stories...

                  Karen Chaton:

                  Melinda Faubel:

                  Heather Reynolds:

                  Stephanie Teeter:

                  Patti Stedman:

                  Endurance Granny:

                  Chris Martin/Monk:


                    We've moved ...

                    Thanks for mentioning my website (Patti Stedman: -- I had some techno-issues with it but have recently done some construction, still underway, and have a new URL.


                    Hope to see you there!



                      @ MiloandMe
                      Often you can send a crew bag out to the vetcheck- great place to put whatever special grain your horse likes.
                      Most rides (at least in my area) have hay and water at a vet check. Most managers put the hay bales out and fill water troughs a few days before hand. Human food may or may not be provided- I always send some out for me in a crew bag out for me. If the ride provides food, it normally goes out to the vetcheck when the volunteers and vets drive out to the check.


                        wow, thanks mod1 and everyone who posted! Great info here, especially for a beginner like me who is rediscovering riding later in life.


                          I think this could add to your infos.

                          Paul Jones
                          Compare horse breeds for Endurance Riding by size, color, origin, and more. See pics, breed history, physical characteristics, temperament, and more.


                            If folks are looking for a supportive community in getting started, there's a group called Endurance Green Beans at

                            Also, for those wishing to take an online course providing comprehensive information about getting started in endurance or competitive trail riding, check out Endurance Essentials at

                            Here's a blog that provides some additional resources as well:

                            Best of luck to all in getting started!