All About Endurance Riding by Marcy Pavord
This book will give the beginner all the information necessary to get started in the fascinating and growing sport of endurance riding. Everything is covered from basic training and selection of the right horse, to tack and equipment, fitness training, getting through your first competition and how to pass the veterinary inspections. The author has provided a straightforward guide to the sport giving a clear insight into matters such as effective riding technique for long hours in the saddle, and what the veterinary judge expects of the horse and rider. The different types of ride and how to progress from basic pleasure rides up to full endurance competition are explained, together with the reasons for the strict veterinary rules to ensure the welfare of horses taking part in this demanding sport. Ride procedure, pacing the horse during the ride, planning your tactics and en route crewing are all covered, as are coping with riding over varying terrain, the relevant exercise physiology and how to prepare your horse for the veterinary inspections. This book is essential reading for every endurance rider who wishes to experience the ultimate satisfaction of ending the day with a successful completion.