I am really interested in doing some shorter distance rides (under 50 miles) with my “dressage horse.” He is sound, but has some neck issues that make collection a challenge for him, so I thought we would do this to not only gain more cardiac fitness, but also to still have a goal without beating the same dead dressage horse over and over again. He is an 18 hand Trakehner, 6 years old. Can a horse with physiological issues compete in endurance? I planned on trying Duplo shoes for him, because his neck is significantly more comfortable in the Equine Jogging Shoes I got him, but they are not a great fit for him (gigantic feet, but not pasterns, so they rub) and I was hoping to have the stability of traditional shoes with the heel function and shock absorption of polyurethane.
We are doing conditioning rides of 6 miles on the trail 3 times a week currently, with 1 day a week of flat schooling, and one of jumping. Does this sound like a functional jumping off point?