Top 5 Endurance Horse Health Issues

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With the prestigious Tevis Cup Ride just two weeks away (Aug. 9, to be exact), I figure it’s only fitting I devote a blog post to a sport I know hardly anything about: endurance trail riding. During this 100-mile event, nearly 200 horses will attempt the trek across rugged California mountain terrain within a 24-hour time frame. The best of the best will be able to complete their ride on a healthy horse in approximately 14 or 15 hours, but half of the starters likely won’t even finish. Why? Because this type of grueling ride can take its toll on horses.

Issues veterinarians commonly note at endurance checkpoints include muscle injuries, metabolic problems, and a lack of eating and drinking.

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Alexandra Beckstett, a native of Houston, Texas, is a lifelong horse owner who has shown successfully on the national hunter/jumper circuit and dabbled in hunter breeding. After graduating from Duke University, she joined Blood-Horse Publications as assistant editor of its book division, Eclipse Press, before joining The Horse. She was the managing editor of The Horse for nearly 14 years and is now editorial director of EquiManagement and My New Horse, sister publications of The Horse.

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