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Endurance Horse Training Basics Part 2: Tying

A quick release knot on a cotton lead rope. Keep in mind that if a horse pulls back, it can put enough tension on the rope that it won't qiuck release.

Watch out for horses that like to play with their ropes! You may need to pull the end of the rope through the last loop in the quick release knot.

If you are going to be traveling with your horse, camping

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Endurance Horse Training Basics Part 2: Tying examples

Another very important lesson for an endurance horse is tying.  They really need to be able to be tied to a variety of different things.  Why?  Well, let me tell you a story.

Many years ago on an endurance ride I heard a couple of horses galloping by my rig.  It was about…oh, 4 a.m.  I got up quickly and put shoes and a raincoat on.  Of course it was raining!

My horses were both

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Endurance Horse Training Basics Part 1: Hobble Training

BENEFITS OF HOBBLE TRAINING A HORSE

Hobble training teaches a horse to give to pressure, not to freak out when caught/cast/trapped and to wait to be rescued (patience!).   It desensitizes your horses legs to being confined or trapped.

If you’ve ever had a horse get caught up in wire, step into a wooden pallet, roll and get cast under a fence or gate or become entangled in a rope or other containment system

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Benefits of basic training: an example! (or two)

I was riding Chief on this trail when a strand of wire from a whole roll of it got caught on Chief's hind leg.

Thought I’d show a perfect example of a time when having a horse trained to not panic when he gets caught in something can be a lifesaver.

A couple of years ago I was riding Chief at the Grand Canyon XP.  We had just come up a steep climb

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Endurance Horse Training Basics Part 1: Hobble Training Preparation

Bo waiting for his rope re-inforcement lesson!

Preparations for Hobble Training

Before putting hobbles on a horse, it’s a good idea to do a bit of preparation.  Some horses may need more time spent doing this additional groundwork in advance, while others may be fine to hobble right away.  It all depends on the horse’s previous training, their temperament and how well the horse and handler get along and work together.  If your

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Before we get started

Before I start in on some of the endurance horse training basics, I thought I should first go over some of the things that you will need and cover the importance of safety.

While many of the basic training lessons that I am going to cover are what I consider basic for a horse, they may not be basic for the rider or owner.  Some horses may require a more experienced hand to get

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Endurance horse training basics

Chief gets annual hobble reinforcement training.

I’m going to do a series of blog posts about basic training for an endurance horse.  I will include things that are often lacking in the education of many horses that travel and that are taken on trips overnight.  After riding this season, especially on the long XP ride I am left feeling that there are just too many riders out there who seriously lack some of

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and when things don’t go right….

Things don’t always go perfectly well for me.  Or my horses.  Seriously.

While I had a great ride at Bryce, Chief’s eyelid started to bother him again.  He tore his eyelid apart a couple of years ago, catching it on a hotwire fence insulator while trying to get to grass on the other side of the fence.  That’s what happens when your high mileage horse has to be on a diet, because his metabolism

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2011 Ride Season Comes to a Close

This was how the first day of the 2011 XP started. We rode as carefully as we could and managed to get through the entire 2040 mile ride! This is Chief with Nannette's horse Wizard.

What a ride season I have had.  I was just looking back at this post from last year when I listed my goals for the 2011 ride season.

Here is an excerpt where I discuss why I was

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Year End XP Stuff

I was good and got all of the year end results put together for XP and posted on the website.

Yay!  So without further ado, here they are:

1)  Overall Rider Results for XP & Sunrise Ranch Rides

2)  Overall Horse Results for XP  & Sunrise Ranch Rides

If anybody spots an error, let me know.

Congratulations to everyone who participated this year!

Next I’ll put together a list of the Gold, Silver and

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