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Death Valley Encounter on New Year’s

Day 4 Death Valley Encounter

The ride went really well overall.  The weather was just perfect and the trail got better each day of the ride.

I got a lot of photos during the ride and will post them in a couple of days.  We are trying to conserve bandwith here at the ride so the service allotment doesn’t get used up.

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Why I like using hoof boots rather than shoeing…..hehe

Rock stuck in hind shoe

I’m at the Death Valley Encounter right now and wanted to share this photo for those of you that go through the effort of keeping your horses barefoot and/or use hoof boots rather than shoeing your horse. Today on the ride this horse got a rock caught in it’s hind foot and wedged in really good. It took a lot of work to get the rock out! This

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DVE Days 1 & 2, My First Goal DONE! – I actually have 22,000 miles – doh!

Karen & Chief, Day 2 DVE Finish – 21k Miles for Karen!

Just a real quick update – the weather has been fabulous at the ride. Ride entries this year are down by more than half of normal, which is a major bummer.

I rode Chief yesterday and had a great ride. Today I decided I wanted to ride him again because this was the day I met my first goal of the

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Merry Christmas!

The Warmth of a Horse

When your day seems out of balance and so many things go wrong … When people fight around you and the clock drags on so long … When some folks act like children and fill you with remorse … Go out into your pasture and wrap your arms around your horse.

His gentle breath enfolds you as he watches with those eyes … He may not have a PhD

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The Myths and Reality of Beet Pulp, by Dr. Susan Garlinghouse

Preparing to soak beet pulp The baskets are used to strain off the excess sugars

Below is an excerpt and link to an article about beet pulp and covers just about everything you need to know on the topic.  It’s by a really good equine nutritionist – be sure to check out a few of the other links and info on Dr. G’s site while you are there.

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Google Map of DVE Start Basecamp

This should make things easier for those coming to the Death Valley ride ride.  The written instructions on the sunriseranchrides.com website also work – but this is a nice visual aid.

Click here.

Apparently some people have had trouble with putting the GPS coordinates in.  We aren’t sure what causes this but in either case – that link should take you directly to a map that you can zoom in and out of, and

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Horse tack cleaning tip

Load the top rack and then select "Tack Cleaning" cycle (ha ha)

I have found a really easy way to clean my horses tack.  Most of my tack is biothane and the reins are rope style.  It cleans up super well in the top rack of the dishwasher.  I wouldn’t recommend putting leather in but for other materials like biothane (beta, or Zilco), nylon or rope tack items it works super well.  I

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Horseshoe Nail (old fashioned hoof protection) meet new fangled hoof protection (Renegade Hoofboot)

Horseshoe nail meet horse hoofboot! Here is a tip on how to make cable adjustments on a Renegade boot super easy.   But first……I had a super fantastic ride on Bo today.  He really needs a job and since I enjoyed riding him so much I think that I will bring him to Death Valley, along with Chief.

Dave trimmed both Chief and Bo this morning during a nice break between storms.  It took a

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Keep you and your puter happy while your surf the net & other tech misc.

I’ve been using a really cool add on to Firefox called “Juice” that I just love.  You can download it here.  It works really well, is incredibly intuitive and is a nice way to find content in a variety of types or formats (google, news, blogs, video, etc.).  It does a real nice job of finding relevant content and can help you find what you are looking for faster and more thoroughly than with

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Death Valley Ride Entries: December 28-31, 2008

Everybody that has entered the ride for this year has been sent a newsletter with important information relating to the ride.  This covers everything you’ll need to know so be sure and read it!  If you entered the ride and have not yet received this, let me know!  The ride has been changed quite a bit and except for one camp all of the others are new from last year so it’s real important

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