Grow­ing old, go­ing strong

EQUUS - - Eq Letters -

In ad­di­tion to the com­pet­i­tive trail rid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties sug­gested for older horses re­tired from ath­letic com­pe­ti­tion (“Ca­reer Changes for Older Horses,” EQUUS 445), I would like to point out that en­durance rid­ing is also an ex­cel­lent choice for ag­ing equine ath­letes.

At last check, 5 to 10 per­cent of com­pet­ing horses in en­durance were over 20 years old. John Parke’s Rem­ing­ton, an Ice­landic pony, was the Amer­i­can En­durance Ride Con­fer­ence Hall of Fame Horse for 2013, after com­pet­ing for 18 years and ac­cu­mu­lat­ing 11,300 com­pe­ti­tion miles at the age of 26. Like­wise, Sue Phillips and her 23-yearold Quar­ter Horse mare, Sussie Prize, and Mike Maul on 25-year-old Rro­comy-Sol won AERC’s Pard’ners Awards in 2013 and 2012, re­spec­tively.

En­durance is not just about cross­coun­try rac­ing/rid­ing; it’s about main­tain­ing horse health and con­di­tion­ing while rid­ing beau­ti­ful trails through­out the United States. AERC is proud of th­ese ag­ing equine ath­letes and their

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