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My sweetwater recipe

12938109_10207565617072827_259257814074245641_nEver since I posted about this on my FB wall, I’ve gotten more requests for the recipe and have had a huge amount of positive feedback at every single ride I’ve been to.  This stuff may not work for everyone, but since so many have given me such positive feedback I thought I’d post it in my blog as it can be a big benefit for your horse.

This honestly is not MY recipe, as this has been used for many years by endurance riders and it was shared with me by a good friend at an endurance ride last year at a vet check when Chief came in and fell in love with one particular bucket that I thought was sweaty water (dirty from a sponge).  However, it turned out to be this “sweetwater” which is so very simple, and yet so many horses totally love the stuff!  So thank you for this ultimately goes to P.K. and B.K. for sharing their bucket of sweetwater with my horse and then telling me what was in it!

9604_10207504378341897_7838731817698164367_nSweetwater Recipe:

2 Cups stabilized rice bran

2 gallons of water

1 ounce of electrolytes or salt

 

I started with using 2 gallons of water initially and have been able to work up to nearly filling an entire 5 gallon bucket.  Make sure you use stabilized rice bran.  Of course, you are free to experiment with other types of horse feed to see if your horse may like something else better.

I prefer to only offer this to my horses after they have been worked.  It’s not a normal every-day thing, as I want them to feel that it is a treat.  I will give them a sweetwater in their stalls the night before we are due to trailer too.  That helps to ensure that they will be a little bit better hydrated.

12928418_10207565617312833_2197095029285748957_nI have found that when I have used this sweetwater with my horses before traveling and at rides that they continue to drink regular water even better than before.  It’s simply amazing!  Always be sure to also offer regular water in addition to this so your horse will have a choice.  At one recent ride, I added up that Bo took in approximately 15 gallons of water on the day before the ride.  He was peeing like a firehose all weekend long!! An average horse takes in 5 to 10 gallons of water per day.  It feels great knowing that he was going to be starting his 50 the next morning so well hydrated.

12240149_10207504379301921_3865976904912656624_nBoth Chief and Bo love their sweetwater!  Below is a video showing Bo at a recent endurance ride.  Is this guy a pro or what?  I mean really – he just completely cleaned up a super wet Elk Grove Milling mash, drank a bucket of sweetwater and now he’s working on hay.  Great job Bo, as usual!

Feel free to share this recipe with your friends.  If it can help encourage better drinking in other horses that’s awesome!

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Even the dogs liked the sweetwater!

 

 

Something to try if you have sore feet

Muddy feet!

My feet have been bothering me for some time. The left one is worse due to a horse stomping on it many years ago. After I did Tevis last year both of my feet felt numb and tingly for a couple of weeks afterwards. I went to the chiropractor and used the hot tub frequently and tried anti-inflammatories.

Nothing really seemed to help. I just sort of ended up accepting it

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Endurance Day for January 12, 2016

Karen on Chief and Julie on Aubie. Photo by Lisa Peck.

We had a fun morning talking about everything related to the Rose Parade and the AERC Parade Riders.  Guests were riders Julie Suhr and Shelley Child and the Equestrian Chair from the Tournament of Roses Parade Ellen Swaggerty.

Click here to listen!

Here is the link to our group photographer, Lisa Peck.

 

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Find Your Adventure: Riding in the Rose Parade 2016

Kayla with Bo; Karen with Chief.

I left off in the last post with us riding up the freeway off ramp to go into our staging area.  After a week of festivities and months of planning and preparing, the time was finally here.  The actual getting to ride in the Rose Parade!

We got into the staging area, where the horses peed.  We dismounted and got our boutonniere’s on and shed our jackets. 

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Find Your Adventure: It’s New Year’s Eve!

The week seemed to fly by, though at times it seemed to be in slow motion.  Today (the 31st) reminded me of the Heinz Ketchup commercial — anticipayayayayaytion.

Anticipation, anticipation Is makin’ me late Is keepin’ me waitin’

Photo by Lisa Peck. Formation practice.

The previous week had been filled with lots of social events for our group, breakfasts, lunches and dinners plus the Equestrian Reception, Equestfest, trail rides and practices.  Lots

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Find Your Adventure: Equestfest at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 2016: It’s Showtime!

Doors opened to the public at 10 a.m. on the 29th at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.  AERC volunteers had already been busy for hours getting the AERC booths set up in the vendor area and those of us with horses has been busy as well getting stalls cleaned, horses walked and beginning to prepare to ride in Equestfest.

I was feeling a lot more confident now that my horses had more time

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Find Your Adventure: Listen to two AERC Rose Parade rider’s first hand account

Connie Creech and I were both interviewed by Connie Watson and Shannon Weil at KAHI 950 AM radio in Auburn, CA on our way home from the Rose Parade.  Listen in…..  KAHI Rose Parade Riders Interview

http://kahi.com/audio_files/The%20KAHI%20Corral.mp3

Find Your Adventure: Equestfest at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 2016: Practice Failure and Success

We are back from our great adventure to Burbank and Pasadena where my two horses, Granite Chief and Pro Bono had the honor of performing in Equestfest on December 29th, and then were ridden in the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1, 2016.  I thought it would be fun to do some blog posts detailing our adventure and how the trip went.  It was truly a once in a lifetime experience on so

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News Story on Parade Riders

One of our members did a great job in a local television interview!  Enjoy….

CBS News 8 – San Diego, CA News Station – KFMB Channel 8

AERC Riders Rose Parade and Equestfest Bound!

Our group has been planning all year to represent the American Endurance Ride Conference in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, on January 1, 2016.  It has been an exciting journey and we’re all looking forward to this adventure.

I thought I’d share what we’ve done this year to get ourselves and our horses ready.  First of all, getting into the Rose Parade as an equestrian unit is a really big deal.  The 2015

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