Endurance riding is the fastest growing equestrian discipline in the world. While the international competition distance is 100 miles, a rider can choose to ride anywhere from 25, 50, 75 or 100 miles. There are even multi-day rides where you can ride every day for 3 to 5 days. The multi-day rides are often historical, covering pony express or wagon train trails. Other rides take place in national forests, county and state parks and private lands.
In no other discipline do horse and rider have such a close bond. The rider must know the needs of the horse in order to keep him fit and able to travel long distances. Horses are checked by veterinarians before, during and after the ride to be sure they fit and able to continue on.
Endurance competition is for all levels of horses and riders. Any breed of horse can do it,although Arabians and Arabian crosses are the most suited physiologically. A truly great horse and rider can move up through the ranks and aspire to making the US endurance team and competing in world competitions.