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Blog Updates & Upgrades to My Theme and Such

I’m doing some upgrading and updating of my WordPress theme and widgets.  Like their website says – it is both free and priceless at the same time.  Hopefully everything will continue to work while I get the code updated with my previous settings.  If something doesn’t work, please wait a day and then let me know – I’m sure to get some things fixed within the next 24 hours.

I really like using WordPress

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AERC Decade Teams – Update Coming Soon!

I’ve been doing a little bit of work recently on the Decade Teams for AERC. It’s really exciting to see the increase in the number of same horse and rider teams who made Decade Team status in 2008! There were 33 new teams in 2008, which is more than 2007 and 2006 combined. How cool! I love to see that more and more riders are putting an emphasis on longevity with their horses. I

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Changing a flat tire on a horse trailer

I got the spare out (on right) while Dave started loosening the nuts on the flat tire. I also put the trailer-aid under the good tire.

Now I've got the trailer up on the trailer aid and Dave is finishing removing the nuts from the flat tire.

I usually have to change at least one flat or blown tire every ride season.  Every so often I get lucky and go more than a

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Conditioning Endurance Horses at Altitude

Many of the rides I go to are at a lower elevation than where I live. I’m at around 5,000′ and when I ride from home I am always going up higher in elevation. The mountains around here all around us go up to higher than 9,000′ so if I want to I can get in a good deal of high altitude training with my horses.

There has been a fair amount of research

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A collection of equestrian related blog posts

It’s great to see so many other horse related blogs out there now.  Here are some posts with links to a few others out there that I check in on.  These are horse related but not endurance ride related.  If anybody has any other interesting horse related blogs to recommend please post them in my comments.  I also have a few blogs listed in the right hand column here.

From The Middle of the

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Shedding, riding and bathing

Today was the most beautiful day – 70 degrees and sunny! Rocky is sure shedding and has been for several weeks now. Check out how much hair came out of him with just a curry comb and a brush today – it looks as if he’d been clipped.

Rocky has been growing really super thick coats the last couple of winters due in part to his getting older and becoming insulin resistant and is

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Lynne Glazer’s Photography from Cuyama XP

Lynne took some great shots at Cuyama this year on day 1 and 2.  To view the Cuyama photos that she took, click here.

Karen and Granite Chief, Cuyama XP 2009

What came in the mail today

Or rather, I should say the only important thing that came in the mail today!

I’m so excited that Chief is still going strong with 8,000 miles.  He’s my highest mileage horse – I’ve worked my way up, now I have three 6,000 mile horse medals, two 7,000 mile horse medals and now this is my first 8,000 mile horse medal.  I’ll also post a photo showing what I do with my 1,000 mile

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Worming time and upcoming rides

Time to worm the horses again.  Time sure flies, doesn’t it?  I decided to do it today so that they’d have a whole week before their next ride.  They are due on the 1st but last time I was early too.  I prefer if it were two weeks apart on either side of a ride, but they just did a ride last weekend too.  I really hate when I have to start changing the

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Endurance 101 Clinic in South Dakota

This is from Dr. Susan Garlinghouse.  Here is the website link to learn more:  http://www.equinedoc.com/EnduranceCamp.html

The website doesn’t specifically list all of the other clinicians, but it’s worth mentioning that Barney has arranged for some incredibly experienced and knowledgeable people to be a part of this endurance camp. I’ll be talking on my usual subjects of endurance horse nutrition, exercise physiology and (with Barney) probably something about how vet checks run and what endurance

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