I'd seen some of the riders who finished today at the start on the first day, and while there were some beautiful horses in superb condition, there were also one or two who didn't look fit enough, to me, for the terrain. However, the weather was great for the horses (though somewhat chillly for those of us who were standing around!) and most seemed to finish happily, even if some appeared a bit tired.
On a very positive note, I saw one lovely barefoot horse, which finished the 2 x 40km event with a Gold award AND the fastest time in the class. They had to present to the farrier (not the same one as had been there on Sunday), who commented "Nice feet. Why don't you shoe them?". And yes, it was a serious question :-)
There was an awesome Exmoor pony in the same event, unshod behind and an absolute little powerhouse :-) I think that ended up with either a silver or bronze award - no mean feet when you have legs about half as long as any other horse on the course ;-)
The friend who I went to cheer on recruited me to trot her horse up for her, which was nervewracking to say the least, as he is a so-and-so to trot up (fair enough, probably reckons he has done enough during the day not to have to run up and down AGAIN at the end of it!) but they also finished with a Gold award, fabulous result! It was such a fun day I'm almost tempted to get into endurance....!!