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Hi Everyone

Hi Everybody,

I'm new here & new to endurance riding. I need some advice.. Please take a look at the bay KY Mtn/Arab X mare on my page & let me hear your two cents on whether or not you think she is put together properly for endurance riding. Hoping to do 50 mile rides eventually. Trying to decide what direction to go with her.. Also, is 16 too old to train a sound, healthy horse to do LD Rides? She loves to go & can go for HOURS, I think she'd love it.. Thank you all so…

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Added by Julie Prather on October 4, 2011 at 7:21pm — 4 Comments

back in the saddle

At age 69, I finally got the rig, most of the gear, and a horse (ok, so technically "The Accidental Tourist" is a pony)  together for my foray into trail and distance riding. Our initiation ride was 14 miles of muddy mucky trail on the "purple" loop at Salt Fork Lake State Park (ohio) with the Guernsey county chapter of OHC. I see that there are still equipment adjustments to make as the saddle slipped backwards on the uphill portions. Bonnies hoofboots made it, even of the hinds were a bit…

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Added by susan golshani on June 26, 2011 at 8:16am — No Comments

The good, the bad and the horrible

A lot has happened sense I was on here last. I got my hips fixed, I will be "full duty/no restrictions" as of July first, however almost everything else is down hill from there. Early this year my mom was diagnosed with cancer, shortly after that all the bills fell on me and my other half. We have those all most sorted out and thought we saw a ray of light (mind you this is the condensed version of things) then tonight I was doing evening rounds checking on the horses and I noticed that…

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Added by Cordy Brannan on June 22, 2011 at 10:16pm — 2 Comments

Frustrations- haven't we all experienced it?

Equine Frustration. I think we have all experienced it in one fashion or another. I finally got the right horse, got him broke, rode a few rides, and really let myself go and saturated myself in endurance.

Then the cruel reality. The horse has ulcers! So he's been diagnosed with grade 3 and treated, and he's healed now. He showed mild symptoms that just never really added up until most recently, then it was so clear that was the issue all this time.



The mild "colic" issues,…

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Added by Sarah Featherstone on June 17, 2011 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Ozark 100--It Rained....(Notice how that sounds a little like Noah's Ark) by Lucky Six Nellie

I got suspicious when Mom fitted me for shoes, 2 pair even, but didn't nail them on. Then came the haircut. We must be going someplace warm. Then the shoes were nailed on. Now I am getting excited, I love seeing new places. We trailered a short ride to another trailer & my buddy Hawk. It's always fun to travel with friends. From there we rode two more days to a place called Missouri. Each night we stopped at really cool places where Hawk & I could move around &…

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Added by Marirose Six on April 29, 2011 at 5:18pm — 2 Comments

Whiskeytown Chaser – Our First Endurance Ride!

Welcome to the sport of endurance, where tears can (and do) happen.



If I had to sum up the entire weekend into one word, I'd say: Wow. What an amazing experience. One ride and I am hooked on endurance!


Click Here To Watch Me Train For The Tevis Cup!



Asali and I arrived at ride camp around 2 pm on Friday… Continue

Added by JayaMae Gregory on April 18, 2011 at 9:59am — No Comments

Hoof boots - which do you prefer and what are their pros and cons?

Believe it or not I know someone without a computer.  He asked me if I would research hoof boots for him as he prefers a barefoot horse.  I did limited searching and came to the conclusion I needed expert help on this topic!  So here I am, asking you folks what kind of hoof boots you use.  I know the saying about opinions.  But if I can narrow this down to 2 brands maybe it would help him make a choice.

 

So what do you think? 

 

Thanks for you help!

Added by Karen on April 8, 2011 at 12:29pm — 1 Comment

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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

I did it, I let my horse flat out gallop for the first time!!

I watched the movie Secretariat last night. So I was inspired to ride and ride fast today. Gunner and I started on our usual 9 mile loop, hoping to add some bursts of speed today. My dream would be to let him run on a real race track just to see how fast he can really go. I've never let him go wide open for fear I wouldn't be able to stop and I was working on control and building him up. His breeders told me never to worry about speed, that would come naturally. I had seen him kicking it up…

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Added by Sarah Featherstone on January 29, 2011 at 8:08am — 3 Comments

Feet Problems

So I recently bought a beautiful 4 year old Spanish Arabian Gelding. He was just gelded in October, so he's still pretty strong around the girls and stallions, but he was never used as a stud.

 

What I'm curious on is, he's very touchy about his feet and prances in place when I'm trying to pick up his feet (he's also in crossties when I'm working with his feet). It's better when there's a person at his head and someone down to work on his feet, but when I get to his back feet…

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Added by Katie Knippel on January 25, 2011 at 10:14pm — 4 Comments

Finally riding again, last ride was November!

Between the weather and holidays, my riding time has been extremely limited. The last time I rode any real distance, besides up and down my driveway was Nov. 28th. 

 

I completed a 55 mile ride in SC- and really let my horse see what he had. It was our 4th 50 mile ride and we had been training hard and were well prepared. We finished 9th place, with a time of 5 hr and 37mins. Wow!!! It was a personal best and I know I have got one heck of a horse. 

 

So after that…

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Added by Sarah Featherstone on January 25, 2011 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Warner Springs 2011, the Last Loop

A week ago today I was riding my first 50 mile endurance ride in over 2 years. It went well! Jazzi passed the test and we finished on time, in good health no issues…well, maybe a few small ones, but we did good. I am so happy!

We walked a lot of the ride which was fine until the last loop when we found ourselves out in the deepening dusk, alone. I made a wrong right turn were the cookie stop had been. As I was pondering my new move, my phone rang and it was Diane, back in camp…

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Added by Nancy Reed on January 15, 2011 at 6:47pm — 1 Comment

RFR The Iceman

RFR The Iceman (Icy) is a gorgeous blue eyed, purebred Arabian stallion that we have here at Resolute Farms Racing. He truely is a diamond in the rough. I just wanted to put out in internet land :P that he will be gelded this upcoming summer, after the spring breeding season. It was a hard decision for the owner to make, but we felt he would be a much happier horse. So if anyone wants to book a breeding to the rarest colored Arabian in the US, visit our website at… Continue

Added by Katie Knippel on January 5, 2011 at 8:46pm — 1 Comment

New Year's Eve day

December 31, 2010

Today is New Year’s Eve and I am waiting for the first load of laundry to go into the dryer so I can start the second load and get on my Jazzi. It is cold today for southern California (in the 50's) and I have my new Iridion 3 season Polartech boot cut riding tights on! They are warm and comfy and I look forward to seeing how they feel in the saddle. I also have to test out my rain chaps from Muddy Creek, but need to find a belt first. Thank you Santa!!!

Next week I… Continue

Added by Nancy Reed on December 31, 2010 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Holiday Greetings from Elfin Forest, CA

December 20, 2010

Holiday greetings to you from all of us at the Lazy J Ranch.

It has been a very wet and cold late fall and winter here in Elfin Forest and this morning I find myself in front of a warm fire with a cup of coffee reflecting on all of the events of 2010. 2010 has been a year of firsts, change and transformation.

Danielle turned 18 in March,… Continue

Added by Nancy Reed on December 29, 2010 at 1:36pm — 1 Comment

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