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Date Posted: 13:34:00 09/23/06 Sat
Author: Kelsey
Subject: Endurance
In reply to: SaskiaE 's message, "endurance" on 11:23:32 09/22/06 Fri

I have heard varying opinons on the endurance of Friesians..but really, just like their gaits, it does vary depending on the horse, their conditioning and their personal ambition. If you were to condition your Friesians for it, an all-day trail ride at a fairly easy pace probably wouldn't be a problem. But you won't hear anyone saying they are anything like an Arab. They are a northern, heavier, cold weather breed and they are black..the heat gets to them, no question. You don't often see Friesians in competitive endurance rides, but you sometimes see them in driven marathons. Mostly though, the marathon people whine about the Friesians not having enough stamina.

However..that is extreme.. I don't think there is any reason you can't enjoy a casual all day trail ride with your horse. I know plenty of people who take their horses out on the trails a few times a year for weekend-long treks, and though the Friesians might be huffing and puffing a bit at first, if they do it often enough it doesn't bother them. They just have to be in shape..just like anyone else.

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