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Welcome To Friday

Nancy's path.kmzFriday is the first day of the weekend in Egypt so it's the first day of my heavy working days. My first set of clients today were a couple of high school girls who come to ride every weekend. Neither of them are the most courageous riders, although Nancy rides one of my more difficult horses, Dooby. We did an easy round along the bottom edge of the desert below the pyramids of Abu Sir… Continue

Added by Maryanne Stroud Gabbani on January 16, 2009 at 4:06am — No Comments

Gimps and Newbies

Having recently pulled a muscle in my leg, I decided to introduce Hannah to VV endurance with a really "easy" ride. Well, at least in terms of speed. We went out and walked for almost two and a half hours because I couldn't handle anything faster without causing more damage to the already sore spot. We took out three of the youngsters (5 to 6 year olds) out for… Continue

Added by Maryanne Stroud Gabbani on January 15, 2009 at 1:51pm — 2 Comments

Well, It's RO for me

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Been a while getting this finished due to health issues here. Had a sleep problem that necessitated nights in a sleep clinic to diagnose and then arrange treatment with my new best friend, an air pump that pushes air through my sinuses so that I don't partially wake about 90 times an hour. Good thing that I ride from my house and don't have to camp to go… Continue

Added by Maryanne Stroud Gabbani on March 21, 2008 at 5:30am — No Comments

Sex In The Desert

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We started out just to have a training ride for one of my young mares, an hour in the desert and another in the countryside, to see how she's coming along in her work. She's about four and a half, a rose-grey baladi arab, the unconcerned mother of the devil of the farm Shams who runs riot with the dogs. Farag has been training her under saddle and as yet… Continue

Added by Maryanne Stroud Gabbani on March 5, 2008 at 4:08am — No Comments

Madness all right

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I haven't been riding much for the past three weeks between a combination of friends visiting and raging bronchitis. Hard to get into frolicking across the desert when you are hacking up your lungs. So when I thought about riding today I sort of had in mind one of my older steadier horses like Bunduq or Negmadin. BUT, I had three clients want to come… Continue

Added by Maryanne Stroud Gabbani on March 3, 2008 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Fun With Paddi

Ok, so she was coming out here to ride and we actually have, but the weather today was nasty and we opted to go visit the mummies at the Egyptian Museum and then to go to Khan el Khalili to enjoy the million odd little shops there, including this one that offered belly dancing costumes among other things.

We have been riding in the desert and countryside, however, and so far she hasn't been bucked or broken…

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Added by Maryanne Stroud Gabbani on January 27, 2008 at 1:10am — No Comments

It was the best way to spend New Year's Day. One of my guests had done the Dahshur ride earlier and opted out to nurse a bad cold, so Sue Knight and I headed out on our own. The trail takes us down a…

It was the best way to spend New Year's Day. One of my guests had done the Dahshur ride earlier and opted out to nurse a bad cold, so Sue Knight and I headed out on our own. The trail takes us down along canals to the main entrance to the Sakkara Pyramid complex and then roughly south through a village that stretches along the desert. From there we take a dirt road that meets and circles the lake. We usually stop for about half an hour by the lake for a bite for horses and humans before going… Continue

Added by Maryanne Stroud Gabbani on January 2, 2008 at 2:13pm — No Comments

Not Much Fun

Download Dec31.kmz I wish that there was a nice quiet place where young horses could be left to mature, sort of like wines and whiskey. Riding a young horse is, in my mind, a true testimony of either the love or the insanity of the owner. We set out with a couple of clients, the Sue's, and friends, Cris and Sabrina, for an hour and a half in the countryside to avoid the blast of cold air that was… Continue

Added by Maryanne Stroud Gabbani on December 31, 2007 at 11:42pm — No Comments

Losing internet = flat tire?

Not having a trailer of any form for my horses, I have no idea about the niceties of transportation. Any place my ponies want to go, they have to walk...but not having any net service and spending all day fighting with my broadband provider did keep me from riding on Boxing Day. But on the 27th I had two sets of clients, so I had to ride whether I wanted to or not. Angie, I think that I can give you a good run for the turtle at this rate, since both… Continue

Added by Maryanne Stroud Gabbani on December 30, 2007 at 6:34am — No Comments

Another desert ramble

Today we set out with Cris and Sabrina again for the first part of the ride. Sabrina's husband came out into the desert with my driver so that he could take some movies of Cris and Sabrina riding in the desert. The weather was most cooperative with a temperature of about 18 C (about 65 F except for the wind chill) and brisk winds from the southwest and clear skies. Wind direction is important here because it completely changes the temperatures, visibility, and chance of sand storms. The horses… Continue

Added by Maryanne Stroud Gabbani on December 30, 2007 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Afternoon ride Dec 27

My afternoon ride was with my 14 year old Dutch/Egyptian middle schooler. She's working on some well-earned fear issues and getting over a cold, so she really didn't even feel like trotting. Best way to make turtle is like this I guess. This time I took Dubious out while she rode the ever-bouncing Bunduq. Desert was still lovely, but a cup of hot tea after the ride didn't go down too badly. And it only took me two tries each and about 3 hours to draw out the maps. LOL …

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Added by Maryanne Stroud Gabbani on December 28, 2007 at 6:16am — No Comments

Being Virtual

Download Sakkara Loop.kmz This is a 20 km desert/countryside trail.

Added by Maryanne Stroud Gabbani on December 25, 2007 at 12:18pm — No Comments

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