Another exciting option offered at some of the Ride & Tie events is called Equathon. Grab your favorite endurance rider or runner and compete in this fast-growing sport! It’s kind of like a Ride & Tie, but the rider never has to get off the horse. Basically the horse and rider do the first loop, then when the horse reaches pulse criteria at the vet check (usually between 64-68 heartbeats per minute), the runner then tackles the second loop. The distances for the rider and runner may be the same or different and may vary from event to event. The ride usually is between 10-15 miles while the run portion is usually between 5-15 miles. Sounds like fun, right! If you are really an exercise fanatic, you can do the Equathon as a solo or “Iron” team. Ride your horse for the first loop, jump off and allow your horse to reach pulse criteria, and then run the second loop on foot. Now doesn’t that sound like a hoot?