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January 2010 Blog Posts (18)

b4boots - again

Hey what else should I talk about, its awfully darn cold to ride right now.

I finished putting up the other sizes, 0, 1,2,3 & 4. I still need to do the extra bells, not that many will want or need them but hey.

I am trying to figure out how to offer both the repair and the recycling programs we have through the website. Lots of options, makes it really way to complicated.

Added by Bill J on January 30, 2010 at 8:39pm — 3 Comments

Mr. Toads Wild Ride


I got the wash going, swept and vacuumed the house and will get on my horse after I write this. I was able to ride yesterday for about 90 minutes on the dirt road, again. This time we went west towards the ocean and it was so cold with the damp ocean wind barreling down the canyon. Jazzi was not happy as it was after 4 pm when we got started. All she wanted to do was get back to the barn and eat.

Due to the rain we got Wednesday the trails were not safe to really work her… Continue

Added by Nancy Reed on January 29, 2010 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Dreaming of a real ride.....


Finally a beautiful, bright and sunny California day! It rained about a quarter of an inch the night before last and the reports are for sunny skies through the weekend, yahoo ! I have my fingers crossed it will be safe to do some hills in a day or two as I am getting tired of the same flat trail. Both Jazzi and I need more work to get ready for a ride.

The big question is what ride? We have not completed a ride since June of 2008 when Jazzi had a horrible colic at the… Continue

Added by Nancy Reed on January 28, 2010 at 11:39am — 1 Comment

Jumping the Fence

I have grown up on the back of a horse. The odyssey on which my mounts and I have embarked in my short 29 years has been convoluted, exhilarating, frustrating, devastating, and enlightening.

"Buck" (Wow I just now realized the irony of that name for a horse). It all started on the day of my fifth birthday. Buck came to my party at our home in Naples, Florida. From that moment on, I was hooked. He was (as I recall in my minds eye) a very big horse. Slick, soft, bay, and as gentle as they… Continue

Added by Karry Heun on January 27, 2010 at 8:34am — 2 Comments

ice verses trekkers

Ok mother nature is not going to ruin our plans. It is time to deploy the Trekkers. for those of you who don't know what they are?? It makes it so you can walk on snow and ice with out falling. Mine of course are orange. Anyway since riding is probly not real safe right now walking it is. I will let you all know just how many feet I mean Miles we make today. cole

Added by cole bengtson on January 24, 2010 at 4:51am — No Comments

Looking for elk

Well the weather is turning back to normal (windy). Mary and I was able to ride Duan and Sierra about 6 miles today. We went up the hill looking for elk. We were in the middle of all kinds of old feeding ground, but no elk to be seen. Oh well we had a great ride. Duan is doing so well you would think that she was 10 instead of 4. And what a trot. She can move.

Added by Gary R. Brown on January 23, 2010 at 9:33pm — 2 Comments

Conflicting Information

As a trainer myself, I love to read articles about mule/horse training. Often, in the same magazine even, I will read conflicting information from different trainers' articles. One may say "never grain your mule" while another says "give your mule a little grain or treat". Or the old shoeing/barefoot debate. Some trainers insist on britchen, some suggest cruppers. There are at least a hundred ways, it seems, to get your critter to stand for mounting, or to turn on the haunches, or even to stop… Continue

Added by Marirose Six on January 21, 2010 at 10:37pm — No Comments

Rainy day barn

Jan 21, 2010

It has been raining for about 5 days. With binoculars I can see my rain gauge out on the deck – it is full! That means we have received over 7 inches of rain in 5 days!!!! The creek has been roaring for days and it is much bigger than Wednesday when I took the pictures posted on my blog. So much for dressage lessons and training rides.

I am worried about the “barn” roof. I have a “southern California” barn, which is a large roof with one end enclosed. The roof is at least… Continue

Added by Nancy Reed on January 21, 2010 at 11:13am — 1 Comment

Get R Done 2010 "Monk Winds BC 100 mile award"

Monday, January 18, 2010

Get R Done 2010, MONK wins Best Conditioned 100 mile horse.

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/tHZ4RwknrJXD7WsyZ7UhKw?feat=directlink (link to BC video)

MONK 2nd and BC

Right to the point, inquiring minds want to know the results before the story, so the highlights first, story second. MONK and Lindsay came in 2nd, approx. 20 min or so… Continue

Added by Chris T. Martin on January 20, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Woolback ART saddle pad

Monday on a Tuesday! Spent all day yesterday (MLK Day) in the house with a big fire watching the rain come down. Dani and I watched lots of TV, ate bad food and even got a nap in. The horses were warm and dry under the barn roof as the wind whipped the oaks trees. No major damage so far. But we have 2 more storms to go with the big one at the end.

Late last week I finally received the new ART Woolback saddle pad. I ordered this pad as I started to see a few white hairs just behind Jazzi’s… Continue

Added by Nancy Reed on January 19, 2010 at 9:39am — No Comments

A Founder Saga Part II - Success!

Why is this the most beautiful picture EVER?!

Because this horse is TROTTING!

If you read my last post, I talked about the long road my horse, Zoey, and I have been on since she rotated her coffin bones last summer. She's made slow progress, but slight progress. We tried a list of things - supplements, removing her from grass, changing farriers, bute, different boots, etc. All helped in small ways, until the last big piece… Continue

Added by Cindy on January 18, 2010 at 9:08pm — 8 Comments

Web page update

OK, so B4 Boots has finally updated the website, and opened the store. However you can only order size 00 tonight. By tomorrow all of the other sizes, and some miscellaneous repair parts, should be available.

Added by Bill J on January 16, 2010 at 8:11pm — No Comments

It was a beautiful day in deed...


Yesterdays ride was wonderful! The weather was wonderful, not too hot and a bit cool in the shade. We did about 10 miles with Jazzi alternating between “in frame” and relaxed, loose rein. She is starting to be able to hold her frame for longer periods of time, progress. I worked on my upper body sway while going downhill. My trainer, Linda calls it “the Stevie Wonder”. This looks like Stevie when he rocks out moving his shoulders from side to side (all you children of the 60’s… Continue

Added by Nancy Reed on January 15, 2010 at 9:36am — 5 Comments

Goethe ride 09

Well, I wasn't trying but I managed to top 10 in the Goethe Challenge in the LD division. It was my first top 10 so I was very proud of my horse. He even had good marks from the BC judge. I'm not sure I'll get to do another ride this season but that's ok. I never stop riding and camping!

Added by Tammy on January 14, 2010 at 4:24pm — 1 Comment

Thank God it's 2010!

Two days ago was the 4th anniversary of my 44 year old husband’s tragic death. It has been hell getting here, but I think I finally feel the cloud lifting. I am starting to ask myself if I could be happy again. I have been pushed along this path by our now 17 year old daughter who is really going to go away for college. So in a few short months I will be a retired widow, empty nester, distance rider. How the hell did all that happen? What will I do with this new me I have no idea is? Will I… Continue

Added by Nancy Reed on January 14, 2010 at 10:12am — 4 Comments

Documentary "Arabian Silk: Horses of Endurance"

"Arabian Silk" will be shown at the Pacific Northwest Endurance Riders convention in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, January 23rd at 8:00 am. DVD's will be available at the trade show at the "Hold Your Horses" booth. You can view a trailer and clip from the movie at www.arabiansilk.com I look forward to meeting everyone there in attendance. Christine Lazzarini, Producer

Added by Christine Lazzarini on January 9, 2010 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Wishes do come true!

She wanted a horse. Only her own horse would do...
Check out our stories at http://www.arabianhorsefamily.com

Added by Sally on January 7, 2010 at 3:24am — No Comments

1/2/10 VV ride on Amara

Added by Cindy Collins on January 2, 2010 at 7:50pm — 3 Comments

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