1. Have you ever owned a horse?
Yup. 8 so far. See my October's 10 Questions for who they are.
2. What is your favorite aspect of your discipline?
a) The welfare of the horse comes first. Vet checks before the start of the event, spread out throughout the event itself, and at the end of the event. You can cross the finish line first but you don't even get to complete if your horse doesn't look like he could go out and do another multiple-mile loop. The horse comes first.
b) All types of breeds and all types of riders in any type of tack are encouraged to try it. Endurance is the discipline that welcomes all other disciplines. Not every horse can really do it and not every rider cares to ride for that many hours, but I think it is so awesome that there is one discipline out there that tries to encompass all the others. And it's actually good for your horse if you DO do another sport with him for cross training, like hunter paces, dressage, judged trail rides, reining, jumpers, etc.
|Endurance rider and horse tackling the Tevis ride's famous Cougar Rock.|
Photo from here.
Can you guess why cross training would give your horse an advantage in this discipline?
3. What pet peeves do you have concerning your discipline?
The ubiquitous answer to every endurance question imaginable: "It depends." The problem is that it really does depend: on the rider, the climate, the horse, the horse's breed, what the horse is fed, horse's management, horse's conditioning, the region, the terrain, the pace, the experience level of horse and rider, etc, etc, etc....
I do wish there was more information for specific regions. Like the subject of conditioning and electrolyting in a dry climate vs a humid climate: some of the most solid sources of information out there are written by riders in the West Coast who don't have to deal with high humidity like East Coast riders do. Electrolyte needs of horses and how said horses are conditioned are going to be pretty different, if not radically different in some cases, simply because of the differences in climate. I just wish this was noted more and I wish there were more resources for East Coast riders written by East Coast riders. If you know of any, please note sources in the comments!
|Typical Northeast scenery.|
Photo by Danielle Hunter of the Buckingham State Forest in VA
From Endurance 101 Facebook page, the album "Northeast Region - Between the Ears"
|West Coast riding. See what I mean?|
Photo by Teresa Straub of Folsom Lake in CA
From Endurance 101 Facebook page, the album "West Region - Between the Ears"
4. Do you do barn chores?
Yes, I currently help out at the barn with feeding, picking manure from the fields, watering, etc.
5. What is your least favorite barn chore?
Right now it's scrubbing water buckets and troughs when it's 30 degrees outside.
6. What do you consider the worst vice in a horse?
Under saddle: rearing, hands down. However, gymnast horses that can do a combination of bucking/twisting/bolting are also a no-go.
On the ground: horses that don't respect personal space. Treat hounds. HATE this sort of behavior.
In the barn: cribbing. I want to take all cribbers and turn them out 24/7 on acres and acres and acres of property. :/
7. What saddle brand is your favorite?
I have to say Carly's answer is the best and I am stealing it: "Anything that I can afford and fits both me and my horse."
8. Do you ride with a quarter sheet in the winter?
I have, but I bought the wrong size and it was a PITA to make work with the Alta Escuela, which is my saddle of choice for winter riding especially. I really want a Cashel Rump Warmer. Love that it can be rolled up from the saddle once the horse is warmed up. There is a waterproof version too.
|Cashel Rump Warmer|
9. Does your horse wear boots? What kind?
I use open fronts and fetlock boots on new/rocky trails. I've used SMBs when I've been concerned about mud. And since they're not specifying type of boots here, my horse also wears hoof boots! :D I have Renegades, Vipers and Easyboot Gloves. Hoof boot type used will be determined by terrain. Example: I prefer the Gloves if it's going to be muddy.
Lily's Gloves (after a very muddy ride. Case in point)
10. Full seat or knee patch breeches?
I love full seats. I like some Kerrits and Stickyseats because the seats aren't stiff and bulky. But full seats are expensive, so I usually end up riding in knee patch tights. Tights usually have a thinner material than breeches, which is much more comfortable when you're spending hours and hours in the saddle.