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40/ JULY 2017 THE RIDER Local vet explains the art of endurance riding


By Constance Scrafield There is all kinds of


art, including more than we acknowledge, in the world of sport. To ride a horse in a 50-mile race and bring him in, also winning the award for Best Condition, takes skill, work – and finesse. Local horse veterinar-


ian Bri Henderson took time this week to discuss the art of endurance riding with us. The horse in this case


is her fabulous grey Arab stallion Stryder, stable name Rivendell Elessar, “one of the most competitive horses I’ve ever ridden,” Dr. Hen- derson said. She described their re-


cently won race, the Coates Creek Endurance Competi- tion: “We went out five min- utes after the group of riders


went so I could keep him calm. He was quiet until he saw the others horses as we caught up to them. He real- ized what we were doing and then – he hunted [the other horses], passing each one. He hates a horse to be in front of him. I had to hold him back a lot of the time.” An endurance race, es-


sentially a competitive 50- mile trail ride at speed, is run in stages both as to the trails themselves and the breaks for recovery along the way. These latter are ac- tually serviced stops with vets in attendance, watching the speed at which the horse’s heartbeat recovers and its general condition as to soundness of limbs and lungs – whether it is eating and drinking and is in good spirits – before horse and


rider continue on their way. The ride is mapped out in loops that come and go into the area of the pit stop and vet checks. “When Stryder is di-


alled into the job, he knows at the pit stops to lower his head and be quiet so his heart rate comes down at the vet check. Then, he eats – he loves to eat,” Dr. Henderson said of her remarkable Arab. “When we’re back on the road, he is focussed and he knows what he’s doing.” Affectionately,


she


commented, “Off the job, he’s very cuddly, looking for


treats and playing


around…” Having been raised on


her parents’ farm, Rivendell, located near Niagara Falls, where the focus is on horse breeding and training, Dr.


Henderson has had all the advantages of an equine- based upbringing. Her mother is a judge, a com- petitor and a dressage trainer; her father is a trainer and a long-distance, en- durance rider. “I was really very


lucky – I spent a year in Ire- land and rode at a centre nearby. I went on to school in Edinburgh (Scotland) and rode just outside the city, where I also learned a lot from the trainer there,” she said.


Stryder lives off the


family farm, on a property in Shelburne with three geldings to be close to Dr. Henderson for constant training – “he works four to five days a week,” she in- formed us. “They live out- side 365 days of the year. There is a good run in with the doors to one side so there is full cover at one end – we keep it piled with straw in the winter and they have super heavy blankets. He gets a good feed – Brooks’ Perform ’n’ Win – and free choice hay and grass.” Always a worry for


those used to keeping their horses in at night: “It took me two or three years to get used to it but every time I go there, they all seem happy.” Her smile came across


the telephone as we spoke. “We joke that we are his staff.” “As Stryder is so chal-


lenging, I’ve learned a great deal from him,” she re- marked. The craft of preparing


for such a challenge is not only riding the trails in the area with rivers to cross and hills to ascend as part of his training, but endurance horses are also very often trained in dressage – the other end of the riding style, if you will – for balance in their muscle development and in fact. Indeed, Stryder is entered in a dressage event this coming weekend. It is called cross training. He also gets adjust-


ments from an equine chiro- practor and acupuncture. Back to the winning


day at Coates Creek En- durance Competition: Stry- der came in,


looking


nothing like a horse that had just won a 50-mile race. Her surprise at their


success came during the last loop of the ride when a pho- tographer at a water stop told her they were in the lead.


“I had no clue, al-


though I thought it was odd I didn’t see anybody was around – he hates being be- hind other horses – he just has to be in front.” Once over the finish


line: “His heart rate was down by the time we had his saddle off,” said Dr. Hen- derson’s husband and pit crew, Sean Elliott. “He was remarkable and looked as


though he could do it all again.” Dr. Henderson was


happy to report, “They were very complimentary be- cause he was very well be- haved.” She and Stryder had


spent the weekend there – Friday and Saturday night before the Sunday race, as she was the ride veterinarian for the Saturday event. Her praise for his acu-


men in the races: “He eats at the pit stops and, on the last loop, we stopped for him to eat some delicious grass. He drank at the troughs that were every five miles and


the puddles. “He’s very good at tak-


ing care of himself,” she said.


The notion of combin-


ing the indisputable art form of dressage and endurance racing is that dance by horse and rider, reflecting the un- ending historical relation- ship between us and our equine partners, without which history would have been a very different story.


Reprinted from the Or- angeville Citizen. ©citi- zen.on.ca. All reserved


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