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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,…


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

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…


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


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

First REAL 50 mile Endurance Ride! Broxton Bridge 2010

After riding a handful of 25s, and 35s it was time to move up. I came in 9th place out of 70 something riders about a month ago so it was time.

Gunner and I are ready after a year of training and conditioning. I had a few ups and downs, like saddle fitting and finding a bit. I was using a short-s hackamore but really found I need to bump it up stronger for the first loop. However, I wasn't able to use my new myler combo bit because my…


Added by Sarah Featherstone on May 19, 2010 at 10:18am — 1 Comment

Birthday suprise- A NEW horse trailer!

Every girls (horse girl's) dream come true is a nice horse trailer and truck to haul your horses in. At least it was my birthday wish for the past 15 years.

If you recall from my previous posts, I had a older stock gooseneck trailer that needed an upgrade. It is older, been repainted, but was still an open trailer than needed some TLC.

My precious and dear husband has heard me complain the last 3 years about how we needed a new one and all the problems it had. We shopped… Continue

Added by Sarah Featherstone on July 26, 2009 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Sandhills Stampede- July 11th Ride

I wasn't sure I would get to go, my horse was stung on his back a few days prior to the ride. So I figured I wouldn't make it. I decided to ride that morning, which probably wasn't a good idea (on a different horse). Everything was telling me not to go, but I wanted to and I had planned for this for a long time.

That afternoon I decided I was going. My horse was ok and I was too. I got there at 5:30pm, vetted in (all A's and an A- on gut sounds- was told to make sure he drinks… Continue

Added by Sarah Featherstone on July 14, 2009 at 1:24pm — 1 Comment

So I finally found a horse! When do I get to "ride endurance"?

I tried several horses out, some old, some young, some registered, some not.

I settled on a 4 1/2 yr old "unbroke" gelding. Sounds fantastic right! So the past 3 months I have been breaking and training my youngster. He had been started as a 3 yr old then not riden for about a year.

Naptime at my house is 1-4 pm (sometimes stretching it til 5 if I am really busy). Perfect time to devote to training horses. I set out with my 2 baby monitors on my hip and spend some quality… Continue

Added by Sarah Featherstone on July 2, 2009 at 8:20am — 1 Comment

Stay at home mom's quest to be a "real" endurance rider

It all started when I was 12 yr old and I got my first horse, a purebred arabian filly. I rode that horse through highschool, college and eventually sold her to a loving family who could take care of her when I couldn't. As fate would have it, she was returned to me a few years ago and I began my trail riding and wanted something more.

I was pregnant at the time, but I still rode my mare because she was the smallest of all the horses and I figured if I fell off it wasn't too far.… Continue

Added by Sarah Featherstone on June 2, 2009 at 1:42pm — 2 Comments

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