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So how do you get in this sport? Find someone who does this sport. Contact VERDA or another trail riding club. Volunteer at a trail ride. Get your horse fit and ready. Most competitors are very willing to help a new rider. Riding with someone while they condition their horse can help get your horse fit and you can learn a good pace. 
Most rides run at a 7 mph pace. Riders at events are always willing to answer questions and help guide you so you can have a safe and healthy ride. 

Mud Ride 2012Before you do your first ride you should volunteer at a ride. See first hand how the ride is ridden and what people do to care for their horse. See how the vetting process works and how to trot out and present your horse. Judges scribes learn the most about our horses and their care. Learn how to take pulses and be on a PR team, it’s an invaluable skill. 

Get your horse healthy and fit. Your horse has to be at least 5 years old and have a current coggins test. You’ll see the majority of horses are Arabians and Morgans, but most breads and crosses can do this. Get on your horse and ride. Your horse should be accustomed to other horses and traffic.  Find out from other riders or your veterinarian what kind of conditioning program will get your horse ready to do a CTR. Sign up for a trail riding clinic or a competitive trail ride where you will get an evaluation of your horse by a lay judge and veterinarian judge. I recommend that you complete a few competitive trail rides before trying an endurance ride. Competitive horse rides have a set time CTRs are the best place to learn a good pace and speed for your horse.  Endurance rides are also a timed event with your placing first at the finish line with a horse that is fit to continue. 

So go to the barn and tell you horse what you want to do. Find a competitive trail rider. Read up on the sport. Go find a ride near you and check it out! 

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