The range of activities that an off-track Thoroughbred can do in retirement is wide and one of the more unique disciplines where you may find a retired racehorse is competitive trail riding. The Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association lists several events with its organization: Endurance Riding, Limited Distance, Set Speed, Competitive Trail Rides and Ride ‘n Tie. An endurance ride is an equestrian athletic event for riders with any breed of horse covering a course within a specified maximum time. The event is somewhat like a cross-country event over different terrains and conditions. It may be best described as a cross-country contest with horses traveling 80 to 160 km in one day. Under most organizations’ rules, the equine must be at least 5-years-old to compete. Laura Wilson from Merrickville, ON has been riding for 25 years and was just 15 when she bought her first retired racehorse. These days she…
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