The response to yesterday's questions for experienced, newbie, and non-endurance riders was very encouraging...as I hoped, y'all have plenty of questions about stuff you want to know. Therefore, for the remainder of the month of November, I shall devote my attentions to writing some stuff to aid you in your endurance journey (or to start you on said journey, in several cases).
November is, traditionally, National Novel Writing Month, but this year I figured that I should catch up on some of the non-fiction articles I've promised to Troy at Endurance News and several other editorial-types. I've already submitted one article and finished another...and writing stuff for the rest of you should keep me busy until the December 1st.
My goal is to write a bunch of stuff this month that will be immediately useful to people who are interested in endurance but haven't had a bunch of experience (if any) with the sport. Maybe I will provide enough information to lure a few new people in to try a novice ride or a Limited Distance event. (Jane? Laura? Jametiel? anyone else?).
Truthfully, when I emailed with Troy the list of stuff I can write this month, she asked why I wasn't writing all this stuff as a BOOK.
I....uh....because, I um....
Would you want to read an Endurance 101 book?
From the last post, I have these topics pulled straight out of the comments:
* how can I judge speed (and distance) on horseback, with or without a GPS?
* how can I get started--what kind of experience is needed to make a good start?
* how do I deal with idiot horses (my own or those of other people) in a group at the start line?
* where do I stash my offspring while I'm out riding?
* forget the kids--can I get a babysitter to help me through the event?
* conformation? what are the guidelines for success?
* how can I monitor my horse's fitness to make sure I'm "pushing", but not too hard?
* what if I want to try the sport, but I don't have an Arab?
* are the people nice, even to a total noob?
* what are the written and unwritten rules?
* how can I volunteer (at a vet check, perhaps) and learn stuff so I don't die or kill my horse?
* can I try an "intro" ride so I don't die during my first event?
So here's the big question:
Would you buy a book called Endurance 101: a guide for the first year of distance-riding competitions, ?
If I write it, what do you hope to see in the Table of Contents (in addition to the stuff above)?
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