Endurance is one of the most challenging and exciting types of equestrian sports! The season runs from October to early March, presenting a real challenge for horses, their owners, riders, and teams during the winter months.The desert marathon covers distances of 40, 80, 100, 120, and even 160 km, making it a true test of endurance and skill.
At dawn, hundreds of horses and riders set off, accompanied by several hundred support vehicles, creating a thrilling and unforgettable spectacle. It’s truly a remarkable feat of athleticism and teamwork! They rush along the dessert’s roads, changing lanes chaotically, stopping and starting again.
The primary responsibility of the support team is to locate their rider, overtake them, and provide water bottles for their horse! This may occur at designated water points, but not always.The race is divided into four stages, each of which requires the horse’s pulse to be checked. The pulse should not exceed 64 beats per minute, and lameness is also checked to ensure the horse’s well-being.
Endurance is the key factor in this race, and not everyone can handle it. If the pulse is higher or the horse is lame, it will not be allowed to proceed to the next stage.
However, the sense of accomplishment and the thrill of completing such a challenging race is truly unparalleled. Enduring four, five, six, or eight hours in the saddle is not easy, and many riders are unable to complete the race.However, the victors will receive substantial prizes, admiration, and respect, as will all those who cross the finish line.