We were happy to support a recent contest from Green Bean Endurance to help outfit new endurance riders.
Grow Your Green Bean Garden
The required gardening “chores” to qualify for the drawing based on division:
Bean Sprouting (On the Vine)
Garden chores: Obtain a mentor, volunteer a full day at a ride, and complete a ride of 25+ miles.
Bean Blooming (Picked)
Garden chores: Obtain a mentor, volunteer a full day at a ride, and complete back to back LD’s on the same horse or a ride of 50+ miles.
Bean Epic (Cooked)
Garden chores: Obtain a mentor, volunteer a full day at a ride, and complete four 50’s on the same horse this season or a ride of 75+ miles.
All riders finishing their chores (1 for each division) were entered into a random drawing for a tack set from Two Horse Tack: Bridle (western, or halter style), reins, and breast collar. Color combo of choice. To keep, or to share with a bean in need.
We got this fantastic note from Jacke Reynolds of Green Bean Endurance about one of our youngest customers, Rowyn, who just got a pony bridle as part of our giveaways with Green Bean. We work closely with Green Bean to meet the needs of upcoming endurance riders, and even designed a line of tack specifically for them. Green Bean is a group designed to educate and assist new endurance riders:
As part of our sponsorship between Two Horse Tack and Green Bean Endurance, we’re proud to offer a comfy, affordable t-shirt sporting our combined logo. Sport your Two Horse Tack pride on your next ride with your choice of colors and sizes (of course! that’s the THT way).
We’re offering this shirt via Amazon for just $9.55. Prime members get free shipping and according to one of our buyers, it comes with a $1 digital credit.
That’s a great deal if ever we heard of one! Click here to order.
This partnership is one in our series of endurance-themed blogs celebrating the new partnership between Two Horse Tack and Green Bean Endurance. Want to learn more about the sport? Green Bean has some fantastic resources on its Education page here.
This post is one in our series of endurance-themed blogs celebrating the new partnership between Two Horse Tack and Green Bean Endurance. Want to learn more about the sport? Green Bean has some fantastic resources on its Education page here.
Ok, so you’ve read our post about why endurance riding is a great endeavor for riders from other disciplines, but if you’re like us, you may not have the faintest idea how an endurance ride actually works.
If you’re looking to get into endurance riding as a sideline to help condition yourself and your horse, remember that there are short-distance rides available to you. The “turtle” division is usually the best place to start for newbies. The shortest rides recognized by the AERC are 25-mile rides, which you have six hours to complete. Competitors may be ranked both as individuals and as a team for shortest time taken to complete the course and for the horse’s pulse to return to an established threshold. There’s also a separate prize given out for the Best Conditioned horse, and this is greatly coveted among endurance riders because it reflects their preparation for the event and overall horsemanship moreso than their performance on a particular given day, as it’s available to the top ten finishers.
Competitors are separated into weight categories based on the weight of the rider plus their equipment.
You will have several mandatory veterinary checks, of course–one before you begin the ride, and several along the way to ensure equine welfare. Among other things, vets will be looking for the horse’s heart rate to fall in a certain range before the horse is allowed to continue. If the heart rate does not return to the desired range, or if there are any other problems detected, a horse can be pulled from the competition.
Horses are offered water at various points through the ride, too, which is important whether it’s hot outside or not. Horses will usually start the ride at a trot, and their pace/gait from there can vary depending upon the horse/rider pair. Some spend most of the time in trot, while others will pick up the pace or slow things down, depending upon the course. The winner is the horse/rider who cross the finish line first, provided the horse is approved by the veterinarian as healthy and sound.
Newcomers should recognize that even for a short ride like the 25-miler, it can take months for a horse to fully develop not just their aerobic capacity, but their muscles, ligaments, and tendons. A thorough conditioning plan is needed to make sure you’re not asking too much of your horse before a ride like this.
One thing that’s really great about endurance is that, similarly to eventing, just finishing the competition is considered a real accomplishment and point of pride. And, there’s no shame in not finishing; the only really culturally unacceptable thing in the sport is pushing a horse too far, though of course the veterinary guidelines are in place to keep anything from getting out of hand. For that reason, Jacke over at Green Bean let us know that “race” is not a term that’s used in endurance riding; racing would imply a degree of risk to the horse that a well-prepared endurance rider wouldn’t take.
Green Bean is a great place to start for new riders because it awards points only for completion and miles per race, not for placement or speed. No pressure, more fun!
Want to learn more about the sport? Check out Green Bean Endurance’s Education page, or the Resources pages on the American Endurance Ride Conference’s First Ride page.
In honor of our new partnership with Green Bean Endurance, Two Horse Tack is continuing a series of endurance-themed posts here on our blog, which are aimed specifically at those who aren’t currently endurance riders. Enjoy!
If you’re not one of our many customers who participates in endurance riding with your horse, you might think that it’s a sport unto itself, or that it’s not possible to just “dabble” in an intense discipline like endurance riding. Maybe you’ve heard it’s only a sport for people with Arabians or half-Arabians, or that you have to own certain equipment to participate.
We’re here to tell you that in fact, endurance riding is a great form of cross-training, it’s easy to find a starter ride near you, and there are lots of reasons you should give it a try!
- Develop stamina: No matter what you and your horse do full-time, endurance riding is a good way to build condition so that you can better participate in your full-time sport. Green Bean has some great posts to get your horse started on a conditioning program. It’s also a great way to train yourself–all those miles in the saddle will definitely improve your muscles and aerobic capacity
- New skills for your horse: Endurance riding requires you and your horse to deal with obstacles on the trail, different surfaces, and different weather condition. It will require the horse to learn to both lead and follow in a group. Endurance horses must trot in hand, stand well for the veterinarian, and become comfortable eating, drinking, and camping in various scenarios.
- New skills for you: You’ll need to learn basically useful skills like taking your horse’s pulse and respiration to monitor their progress during training. You’ll also need to become proficient at checking saddle fit, as a well-fitting saddle is essential for even a short endurance ride, and you’ll learn about how horses build condition through their various body systems.
- Friendship: Groups like Green Bean Endurance help you connect with other riders in your area, but even if you’re going it alone, endurance is a great way to meet other horsey people in your region.
- A new sense of bonding with your horse: There’s nothing like crossing the finish line of a 15-mile ride, tired but accomplished, with your equine partner. There are a lot of ways to deepen your friendship with your horse, but pushing your own sense of what’s possible is a pretty incredible one.
- No limits: Any breed can participate in endurance riding. Intro rides begin at 15 miles, which is attainable for most healthy, well-conditioned horses. There’s also a huge variance in human ages participating in endurance riding: entire families sometimes compete together as a team
- Wide variety of goals: There’s always a new goal in endurance riding. Whether you’re looking to finish your first intro ride, move up to a 50-miler, or aiming for the Best Condition award, you can usually find something new to prepare for, even if it’s a long-range project.
Endurance riders love our beta biothane tack because it’s light, gentle on sensitive skin, and waterproof! We’ll be announcing special products for endurance riders soon, but in the meantime, check out our line of breastcollars, which are especially popular with the endurance set.
We are so very excited to announce a new partnership we’re beginning this year with Green Bean Endurance!
If you’re not familiar with Green Bean, it’s a group of volunteers who organize a sort of “competition within a competition” for newcomers to endurance riding. Green Bean’s goal is to help connect endurance newbies and encourage them in their goals as they begin the sport. Green Bean assigns point values to the competitions its riders are already in, and gives out awards based on those point values; they also help assemble interested riders into teams, where individual point values are averaged. If you’d rather not join a team, they will also track individual points (although the team option is the most popular). It’s a great way to have fun, meet fellow riders, and share resources, which is a big help if you and your horse are getting started in a new discipline.
One of the many things Green Bean Endurance does to keep things fun for its members is the occasional product giveaway, which is one of many areas that we realized we could help this great organization. We’ll also be designing a tack line specifically for Green Bean participants, which is pretty exciting! Look for more details on those items, the sale of which will benefit Green Bean Endurance, here on our blog or on our Facebook page.
In honor of this new partnership, we’ll be posting a series on endurance riding over the coming weeks, and will also point you to some great content on the Green Bean site for those interested in conditioning their horses, whether it’s for an endurance ride or for another equestrian sport.
It’s time to announce another tack giveaway winner! This time, our congratulations go out to Mechele and her two horses, Lina and Rose, who won a customized Australian barcoo bridle via the Green Bean Endurance blog.
Mechele and her two girls, both Arabians, do endurance, competitive trail, and pleasure trail riding. Lina (show name Evangelina Imdal) is 12 years old and preparing for her first competition this year. Rose (show name Bay Drellas Rose) is the veteran: she is 19 years old and has been competing with Mechele for the past two years.
We just love Mechele’s taste in tack for Rose so far–look at all these colors:
The Australian barcoo bridle is a great option for trail riders. It’s crafted to hold up to all the wear and tear of the trail, including sun, rain, and sweat with ease–no fading, rusting, or cracking. Mechele can choose our specially-formulated Arab size option for her girls, helping ensure the perfect fit.
Keep an eye on the Green Bean Endurance blog for great posts about the world of endurance riding and life with horses…and look for more exclusive giveaways reserved specially for their readers, too!