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February 2011 Blog Posts (6)

Trails, Bullets and Endurance

I have been diligent in my quest for fitness in preparation for the 2011 XP adventure. I have been hiking 3 mornings a week and training 2 days a week at the gym. The trail work is my aerobics. What a wonderful way to sweat! My neighbors have an excellent trail through the coastal sage with a short warm up followed by 2 big, steep hills then another longer hill that brings you to views of La Jolla to the south and Catalina Island to the west. The hike is about 3 miles long and takes about 45…


Added by Nancy Reed on February 27, 2011 at 11:09am — 1 Comment

I didn't really fall off the wagon, just my horse

It was finally my time. Sigh... it was very comical and worth repeating though!


Went for a pleasure ride at Uwharrie Mtn, for a pleasure weekend ride. I decided to ride in my fancy western saddle, with big saddle bags, ya know, to carry lots of beer. I knew I was just gonna be walking the whole time, so I might as well enjoy the scenery and fellowship. My friend kept apoligizing for slowing me down, but hey, this is what it's all about, smelling the roses, and really enjoying…


Added by Sarah Featherstone on February 26, 2011 at 6:58pm — No Comments

Whoohoo! Boots!

I never thought I'd be excited about hoof boots. But I am. As I've stated before, boots are an awesome thing. What a wonderful addition to the hoof-care toolbox! But I digress.

I received Hoss's brand new, Easyboot Gloves on Saturday. Finally had a chance to try them on him today.  I wanted to get out for a ride, too, but I was just too tired from a rather busy week to manage it.  I did put him in the round pen to see how he felt about them.

The only problem with the boots is…


Added by Valerie Jaques on February 13, 2011 at 9:19pm — No Comments

Equine Affair Hangover

February 5, 2011

Yesterday I was a woman on a mission. Up, showered, dressed and out the door at 7 am with my neighbor and fellow endurance addict, Diane. We were both women on a mission – get to the Equine Affaire in Pomona California and soak in all we could. This broad brush included watching giants such as Craig Cameron’s Extreme Cowboy Race, listening to a lecture from a local ferrier, getting a Centered Riding lesson from Becky Hart, meeting up with old friends and…


Added by Nancy Reed on February 5, 2011 at 11:50am — No Comments

Don't tell anybody....

I'm gonna get tossed out of the farrier community for this one, I just know it! Well, no, actually, my true friends won't care. The dirty little secret us horseshoers carry around is, we'd rather not shoe 'em! It's so much easier to trim feet and wander off than unload the truck, determine shoe size, get them things right, and nail 'em on, then pack back up before driving away.


I came home from Death Valley with a lame horse. Hoss had strained his hock on the third day.…


Added by Valerie Jaques on February 3, 2011 at 12:43pm — 1 Comment

Look Ma, No Barn!

After months of research and hand ringing, the old leaky barn is gone and the new one is starting to take shape. Today a crane operator came over and craned the beams up onto the metal columns. Now they are adding the final bolts and tomorrow the rafters will be added. In no time (as in construction time..different from regular time) the new roof will be up and my new barn will be finished!

Added by Nancy Reed on February 2, 2011 at 1:47pm — No Comments

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