I have found great resources for conditioning, and camping with horses, and equipment choices on the web. I am sure there is more out there I haven’t found. But I still have questions.
- Once you buy all this equipment, how do you apply it to your horse? Proper breastcollar fit, when/when not to use a crupper and it’s proper adjustment, which direction do you hang the stirrups when you’re using “directional” endurance style stirrups with cages (you can’t just hang those things on any old way as with traditional irons!), special blankets, electrolytes, and so on!
- Riding Technique: Beyond making sure I can mount the horse from both sides, what is the best position for preventing both rider and equine fatigue? Posting, sitting, 2-point? Leaning forward, backward, straight up on the hills? I especially am curious about how to ride the hills. I have some knowledge about correct jumping form, but no CLUE how to properly (ie safely and securely with the most balance) ride a hill!
- Horse specifics: Is it beneficial to ride with a certain head/neck carriage? Or is it best to allow the horse to carry their body however they want? Any automatic red flags to watch for?
- Ride entry requirements: Health documents? Registration papers? Association memberships? What if you’re only planning on riding 2 rides, is it worth it to pay for a full year membership?
There are probably more questions I haven’t even learned enough about the sport to know to ask yet. It’s amazing the more you learn, the more you discover you don’t know.
So, I am asking – what resources are out there for a person to learn these things? Is there an endurance riding “bible” out there? I mean, in home canning our fruits and vegetables, there’s the Ball Blue Book of Canning it’s got everything you’d ever want to know about canning. In life, there’s….well, there’s the Bible! So, how about great all-inclusive endurance books?
I really appreciate any hints anyone can give about where to find this info! Thanks!