Racing horses? I know a breeder who quit showing horses just to race them. Got her son into it also. 50-100 miles over a weekend and she loved it. I know, different racing. You really do become one with the horse over those miles and really do have to care for them.
What I am really against is thoroughbred horse racing. I feel (my feelings) it's just not right to have a 2 year old horse pounding around a track injuring themselves. Those bones are still too soft. I'm not a fan of it for older horses either.
What you're talking about in my mind is fine, again as long as the horse is ready for it. Yes, I agree - it's a different type of 'racing' - more like an outward bound experience that does engage both rider and horse closely together, caring for each other.
I miss riding, but after an accident injuring my back, I was warned to put that activity to rest. But, if Kipawa gets big enough to ride….