About Us

Welcome to allthingsendurance.com. Follow me as I start my endurance “career” from the ground up.

I took riding lessons as a kid and did Pony Club eventing in NJ for one summer on a borrowed horse. Thirty years later I found myself in Montana and thought it was finally time to get my own horse! “My” endurance horse is my husband’s 15 year-old Thoroughbred, Hey Rose, a great-great-grand-daughter of hall-of-famer Nashua. Rosie started out as a head-tossing handful, but the miles of endurance training are starting to create a sane horse. As of December 2012, I have participated in two limited-distance rides and three 50-milers. I am looking forward to many more.

Why in the world would someone completely new to endurance riding create a website about ALL THINGS endurance?

  • In the beginning of any learning process one has many questions. What better time to learn and record for other new riders what we learn, as we go, from the ground up.
  • It’s fun! And a great way to share info about different rides.
  • Even as a new rider I was getting a lot of questions from another new rider. I hope to attract others to this sport who might feel nervous about starting.
  • I want to have a recorded history of my endurance riding career to look back at later
  • I want to get the word out on what it’s like doing endurance on one of the “off-breeds”, my thoroughbred.
  • The website is a great way to fuel our obsession when weather is not cooperating with riding plans.

Photo by Merri Melde.

Our goal is to piece by piece, become a “from the ground up” source of organized information that will be helpful to others. ALL THINGS training. ALL THINGS ride-camp. ALL THINGS nutrition. ALL THINGS equipment. We hope our site will be accessible and attractive to folks out there who have never even thought of riding endurance – – until now!


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  1. Alisha Mascarenas says:

    Hi, I am so glad I came across your website. You are a great inspiration to me doing endurance on a thoroughbred! I have a 5yr old OTTB that I have began to consider doing some training for limited endurance rides. We currently trail ride about 10 miles and she loves it. She is barefoot but I use renegade boots on the front and her feet are holding up great. I ride in an english saddle right now but I was wondering what kind of saddle you use for you endurance rides? She has the typical TB build and I would like something a little more comfortable for a longer ride. Thanks and great job breaking those barriers!!

    Alisha

  2. Karen says:

    Thank you Alisha! I had been riding in Aussie saddles but had some issues with fit (first saddle tree was too wide, next two had too narrow of a gullet and were soring her back. Not sure if that’s a general issue with Aussies or I just didn’t have the right one). I finally started using my husband’s trooper saddle and it is working GREAT for my horse. You don’t see these saddles very often in endurance, then again, you don’t see TB’s too often either. What’s great about it is while the tree is narrow enough for her, it has a VERY wide gullet, so sits well down from her back bone, which is very prominent. The saddle search can be a real nightmare, probably the #1 frustration when you get into endurance. I would encourage you that if your saddle works for your horse, to not get rid of it until you put your new one to test in at least a 25 mile LD ride. You don’t want to be wishing you had your saddle back 🙂 There are many English-style endurance saddles out there – I’d just be diligent in your search though as many endurance saddles are geared to the Arabian body. I’m in the middle of moving now but will be doing some blog posts when I can on my saddle situation, what I learned, and where we are at now. In the meantime check out http://www.haggissaddles.com/ – this is the type of trooper saddle I have. Keep in touch – would love to hear how you come along with your TB!!

  3. Lea says:

    Your web side is amazing!
    I have TB as well and im doing Endurance for 3years now with him and he is being sooo good in it:). We are doing till 50mile rides but we are training for the 75mile ride.And for a TB his results are very good he got 2 times best condition award in the 50mile rides.And that is showing that not only Arabs are the best in endurance :)Lea

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Lea. It’s great to hear from other people riding and succeeding with thoroughbreds in endurance. We’re having a bit of a rocky start, but I think we are figuring it out!

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