By Kathleen Pillo
Ever wonder what happened to those amazingly competitive equine athletes after the peak of their endurance careers? One of the things that has always drawn me to endurance is how sound and happy most endurance horses are. The proper training and conditioning that is required to get horses to a highly competitive level, year after year in endurance makes for rock solid horses later in life. These older endurance horses have traveled thousands of miles in horse trailers, learned to settle in and overnight at various locations, ridden on the trail with other horses, and ridden on the trail alone. They have crossed obstacles of all shapes and sizes, streams, bridges, etc. These are the types of horses that are absolute treasures to own later in their lives. Many provide positive, safe experiences for younger riders just learning or riders looking for a been there, done that horse. They also server as “good examples” for our younger horses that draw confidence from their older, more experienced equine companions.
So where are they now? See below for a few examples of outstanding, older endurance horses!
AH Priority Male – 2,845 miles in distance riding
Half Arabian Half Mustang
16 years competing in endurance in distances from
25 – 80 miles
Second career as steady Juniors mount for endurance
and trail riding
SAR Tiki Eclipse (Lumpy) – 3,290 miles in distance riding
Started endurance career in 2005. 7 best conditions, 3rd place at Big Horn 100
Second career as steady Juniors mount for Endurance and trail riding
TNT Thunder Micki – 1,170
Started endurance career in 2005. Decade Team.
Second career steady trail and endurance hors
AH Bantiki – 1,925 miles in distance riding
Half Arab half Mustang –
Started endurance career in 2010.
7 Best conditions
6 100 mile completions including the Big Horn 100
Second career as steady juniors mount for endurance and trail riding
Doublemint Rio Gambler – 1,325 Miles in distance riding
American Morgan Horse
Started endurance in 2014 competing in
distances from 25 to 100 miles.
Second career began in 2020 as a dressage and trail horse.