Endurance rides and competitive trail rides differ from racing in that horses competing in these events are judged primarily on their endurance, physical fitness and ability to withstand the stress of sustained hard work on long trails. Speed and time are considerations, but not the determining factors.

AAEP policy recommends that the use of any medication in horses participating in competitive trail or endurance rides is prohibited. Medications for this purpose are defined as injectable, oral or topical administered substances other than oral electrolytes and vitamins.

Reviewed by AAEP board of directors in 2010.

Resource Type

  • Position Statements


  • Medication
  • Performance Horses

Publish Date

January 1, 2010