Size does matter. There are more endurance horses disadvantaged by being too big, than those that are too small. 14.3 is our favourite size.
Perseverance Mauser is a purebred, 14.3 Arabian gelding. His grandsire was the Polish Arabian stallion Khyberie. Khyberie has produced many top endurance horses. The rest of Mauser’s pedigree is predominantly Crabbet/ Old English.
Mauser is the complete all-rounder – over any distance, in any condition, and with any rider he does incredibly well. This year alone he has done two FEI *** hundred milers, one with a Standardweight rider in 9h49, and the other with a Heavyweight rider in 10h09. He was entered in his first Fauresmith 201km ride, and came 17th in the Young Riders, and he did brilliantly in the soft sands of Dune 7 at the Walvis Bay African Championships, and placed 11th in the Heavyweights!
Mauser was the Eastern Cape Young Rider Champion horse at rocky Schanskraal in 2010, where he finished the 120km in a blistering 5 hrs 53 min.He also took first place at the 2011 Lormar 120km in atrocious conditions – pouring rain and oceans of mud – but this time with a Heavyweight rider.
In April this year in the heat and sand of the South African International Challenge at Modimolle, he completed the 120km in 6h49, to help the Eastern Cape Young Riders team to 3rd place!
Prior to competing, Mauser underwent an extensive conditioning program to ensure strong legs and hooves. He has completed all his endurance riders with ease, and only failed a vet check once, on pulse. Mauser is a keen horse and enjoys competition, but is easy to ride. He has a big heart and good recovery times, and is also very, very fast. Like most winners he is highly opinionated and tries to take charge if the rider is not strict, but his strong character is part of his success.
Mauser has 1860km on his logbook, and has a long career ahead of him. In the ERASA 2010/2011 distance rankings, Mauser is in 4th place. All this of course, barefoot, and with never even a boot…
Barefoot horses rebound sooner after competition than shod horses.
DOB: 4 January 2004 – 8 years old
Grey gelding – Purebred Arabian, not registered – 14.3 hh
Sire: Lormar Firehawk – Dam: Condara Lee-Ann