Girls Horse Club Blog

Ride and Tie

Published by • Jun 12th, 2008 • Category: LeadMare Tales, Showing & Sport

Recently I’ve had an interest in a lesser-known horse sport called Ride and Tie so have started doing some research. It’s a fascinating sport — I thought you might like to hear about it.

In her article An Introduction to Ride ‘n’ Tie, Katherine Blocksdorf (one of the most prolific and informative horse writers on the Internet) says the sport has roots in early pioneer days when two people had just one horse. To conserve everyone’s energy, one person would ride the horse while the other person walked. When the horse rider got ahead of the person walking they would dismount, tie the horse, then start walking. The first walker would come to the horse, mount, ride past the second walker, then dismount and tie the horse. The cycle would repeat until the trio reached their destination. This relay-of-sorts allowed everyone time to rest (the people when they were riding the horse, and the horse when he or she was waiting for the next walker to arrive) while continuing to move forward.

Those pioneers, rather ingenious I’d say.

Nowadays horses are used less for transportation so this three-person relay has evolved into a sport. According to

“[Ride and Tie] is a relatively unknown sport that combines trail running, endurance riding, and most of all, strategy. The object is to get all three team members (two humans and one horse) across a 20-100 mile cross-country course by alternating riding and running.”

Since Ride and Tie is a race, the first team to cross the finish line wins. But similar to a marathon (a long-distance running race with an official distance of 42.195 kilometers or 26 miles 385 yards), many people care less about winning and more about the training and dedication that goes into preparing for such an event. Not to mention the sense of accomplishment after successfully completing the race (regardless of the pace).

Now, if I can just find two partners (one human, one horse) interested in this sport, and others who are interested in organizing an event, I just might give it a try!

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  1. Wow this sounds really cool. I would love to be able to do this event out here where I live. Maybe someday I will be able to participate in a Ride and Tie race. That would be so much fun! Thanks for letting us know about this horse event LeadMare! =)