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The Gauntlet

To the untrained eye, it was a nondescript  farm road.  Straight half mile of gravel, bordered by woods and farm fields, a preamble to the woods and trails that lay beyond.


On a normal day, it was a corridor of quiet, a place where the rider warmed up her horse before tackling the trails.  A transition from leaving day to day worries back at the barn to…


Added by Cindy on November 7, 2011 at 9:21pm — No Comments

Ozark Trail Ride (rambling) Recap - the 5 yr old finishes her first ride! Part I

We finally did it - after a several year hiatus, and buying my (much too young for me) next endurance prospect, DB Hula Mayya, and waiting for her to mature and finish her training, we bit the bullet and entered and FINISHED our first endurance (well, just Limited Distance) ride. Eep! How did this happen?

Of course I didn't do…


Added by Cindy on October 1, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Diary of a Chicken

The outdoor arena. It looked safe enough. The sand was soft and deep. What could go wrong?

But then, I was riding the 4 YEAR OLD. The very tall (15 hh for pete's sake!), very bendy, very agile, 4 YEAR OLD. The one that tossed me last fall and sent me to the ER. She's very mellow, very sweet, and actually very slow right now (a bit porky from the winter...), but that's not what's in my head. In my head, is the fresh memory of being fine one second, and the next hitting very…


Added by Cindy on March 7, 2010 at 9:12pm — 4 Comments

Let Me Tell You About My Best Friend

Let me tell you about my best friend.....

Gorgeous, refined, graceful and elegant don't even come close to describing her amazing beauty (so I humbly believe :))

Although some days, only a best friend can admire the beauty…


Added by Cindy on February 21, 2010 at 7:23pm — 2 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 in this complex… Continue

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

1 step forward, 3 steps back, Cha Cha Cha

My 4 yr old mare, Hula Mayya, is only my 2nd 'new' horse. And she's teaching me how much I don't know about riding :). My 1st horse, Zoey, taught me many things, none I was too eager to find out really, but she was generous enough to offer me many training opportunities. My first year with her, I learned how to keep a horse from bolting out of the arena (lots of leg, a well timed crop, and stay agile enough to duck under a door frame when she dives out into the aisle). I also learned how to… Continue

Added by Cindy on December 13, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Stuck in Neutral - A Founder Saga

Why does this horse look so sad? My 14 yr old horse Zoey, the prettiest, sweetest BEST horse in the world has had a rough year. Diagnosed with COPD (Heaves) in the early spring, then she got hit with a case of laminitis in April. She was improving from that, then one thing led to another, and she took a dive for the worse in August and ended up with a rotation of the coffin bone (2-4 degrees). Since then it's been a struggle. We've been trying… Continue

Added by Cindy on December 7, 2009 at 8:44pm — 5 Comments

No Hands Roller Coaster Training Ride

Another first for my new 4 yr old mare last weekend (pictured above). She had her first big girl camping trip! Only her 2nd time off the property she's known all her life as well, and I was very happy with how she did. More pics at http://www.my-endurance.net/photo/albums/1st-camping-trip We went to Greensfelder Park, which is the home of No Hands Roller Coaster Ride in St. Louis. It's got great hills (for us flatlanders :)), and the trails can handle… Continue

Added by Cindy on August 4, 2009 at 8:23pm — No Comments

Your Horse Should Have Been Born a Cat

"Your horse should have been born a cat," is what my coworker said when I told her of Zoey's latest ailment. "She is definitely the wrong species. She should be a pampered lapcat, that lives in a constant temperature with filtered water to drink and only exists to be doted on and adored." Why would she 'dis my horse like that? Zoey is one of those horses that has a veterinarian on retainer. You know the kind - always finding a way to get sick/injured/allergic. On stall rest more often than… Continue

Added by Cindy on July 2, 2009 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Lamenting Laminitis and Illinois Monsoons

What is it they say about best laid plans? I had a plan for this spring and summer, which was to get new horse #2, (just turned 4) Hula Mayya, plenty of trail time. My goal was to get confident and comfortable riding her (eventually) alone on the trails. Get her used to other horses trotting past and cantering away. And get her IN SHAPE. Of course this would go smooth as silk and we'd hit our first easy peasy LD ride in the fall on some lovely flat Illinois trails. But if you live in the… Continue

Added by Cindy on June 15, 2009 at 8:40pm — 1 Comment

Falling 101

I've been riding 7 years and can count the number of times i've fallen on 2 hands, and none have caused anything more than sore muscles and couple of bruises, thank goodness (did I just jinx myself?). I think that's pretty darn good. Fall # 9 occurred Sunday. I was cantering my soon to be 4 yr old and she tripped and fell. I landed belly down in a position not too different than if I was trying to steal 3rd base. Thank heaven for freshly graded fluffy arenas! So that little hiccup in our… Continue

Added by Cindy on May 4, 2009 at 9:07pm — 3 Comments

Will she be a good endurance horse? Check off "eats good on the trail"! yea!

A beautiful spring day, and despite all the rain we've had (and the resulting muddy trails...) I got to join one of my riding buddies for a stroll through the woods on Saturday. Here in SE Illinois, the wildflowers are peeking up, and it won't be long before teh redbuds and dogwoods will be blooming - yea! Here is a pic of my 3 yr old mare, Huley, sporting her… Continue

Added by Cindy on April 12, 2009 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Canter you [silly, frustrating] horse!

< Or that's what I meant to say. "It actually came out ARGH! Canter you @#$**!! horse!" I was riding my new 3 yr old(almost 4) mare, DB Hula Mayya, in our weekly lesson. Huley's been coming along really nice, and we've been having fun learning spins and rollbacks and just started baby x-rails sunday. But our nemesis is that blasted canter her bad direction, CCW. So Sunday we were working on that again. Other people can get her to canter that way, no problems. But when I try, it's speedy… Continue

Added by Cindy on March 31, 2009 at 8:50pm — 1 Comment

A Beautiful Spring Day

Nothing exciting on this particular ride. Rode my aging Zoey for a lovely ride through our woods where I board. Spring is knocking on our door, the grass is coming in, the deer are out...just a nice… Continue

Added by Cindy on March 23, 2009 at 7:08pm — 1 Comment

Horse Eating Squirrels and Woodpeckers

Beautiful Spring Day in balmy southwestern Illinois today, and so full of courage I went for Trail Ride #3 with the 3 yr old (DB Hula Mayya) and two generous babysitter riders on their steady eddie horses.

Were the last 2 calm rides going to be a fluke? Only way to tell was to keep riding. So down the road we headed, with plenty excuses in front of us to turn around and head back.

First, the neighbors were target shooting in their woods, which we had to go past to get to… Continue

Added by Cindy on March 21, 2009 at 8:22pm — No Comments

Just Get On and Ride!

Rode the 3 yr old again tonight and we had another first to mark in the Baby Book, lol. I've only had her since December, so haven't done a whole lot of riding on her. Mostly its been on the weekends in lessons with the trainer or someone else present in case there's an episode I'm not equipped to handle, because you know, she's a 3 yr old (gasp!). But finally am confident enough with her that I don't need a babysitter...at least not when we're… Continue

Added by Cindy on March 19, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Our Road to Endurance - It Begins

Like I said in my profile, I am beginning a relationship with a new horse, Hula Mayya who is 3.5. It was a long search to find horse #2. The main problem being I"M A BIG CHICKEN. Which isn't a good combo with endurance riding, is it?

I suffer from riding only one horse for too long, and she is bombproof. So I've been very spoiled. So my wishlist for dreamhorse #2 had big shoes to fill. She couldn't spook (or not a lot), had to be mellow and have a nice smooth canter. I tried many… Continue

Added by Cindy on March 15, 2009 at 7:42pm — 1 Comment

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