At the Sask Long Riders, we abide by the AERC rules (https://aerc.org/static/upload/Rules_Current.pdf).
All the rules must be followed, but here are a few of the most important ones, with some paraphrasing:
- All equines (horses, donkeys, mules, etc) are under the control of the ride veterinarian. If the vet says stop, you stop until the vet says otherwise. Period.
- You have 30 minutes to reach the pulse criteria after you cross the finish line.
- Equines must be 60 months of age (as figured from actual date of birth) to compete in the 50 mile ride.
- Equines must be 48 months of age (as figured from actual date of birth) to compete in the 25 mile ride
- An equine which constitutes a clear danger to other equines and/or persons may be disqualified at any time from competition, by the ride manager or control judge.
- Equines shall have a body condition score of no less than 3.0 and no greater than 8.0 to start the 25 or 50 mile ride.
- Follow the prescribed course, and do multiple loops in the correct order
- Each equine must pass the post-ride vet check within one hour of crossing the finish line. Each equine is required to pass the final pulse rate criterion alone in 30 minutes but shall have the full hour from finish to pass other completion criteria.
- All Junior riders (under 16 Jan 1st of this year) must be accompanied by a competent adult (18 years or older) sponsor throughout the competition. Junior and Sponsor must ride together at all times, including entering and leaving all control checks at the same time
- All Juniors must wear approved safety helmets (approval by AHSA, PCA, ANSIZ90.4, or Snell)
- No one participating in an endurance ride shall abuse an equine present at a ride. Abuse of an equine includes but is not limited to:
- Beating, striking, excessively whipping, or otherwise inflicting cruelty upon an equine.
- Recklessly overriding an equine or riding in a manner likely to cause harm or injury.
- Failing to provide adequate care or otherwise neglecting an equine.
- Conduct towards an equine which is prejudicial to the sport of endurance riding and puts the sport in a negative light.
- No one participating in an endurance ride shall engage in abusive behavior towards any other participant or member of the public at an endurance ride.
- Endurance equines should compete under their natural abilities without the influence of any prohibited drug, medication or prohibited veterinary treatment.
- You must permit a specimen of urine, saliva, blood or other substance to be collected from the equine for testing if requested.