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My love-hate relationship with HRM’s

I wanted to try and use a HRM (heart rate monitor) on Chief on this ride.  So I got a new battery in my watch and tried setting things up today.

It’s so frustrating.  I think I need a new battery in my transmitter.

So, I gave up.

Over the years I have used a HRM a lot.  Thousands and thousands of miles.

Why did I stop using one?  Once I realized that 100%

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Sunshine and Rain

We had a beautiful day.   Now it’s sprinkling rain.  It’ll stop soon and clear up again though, as the clouds are sparse.  It’s been sprinkling infrequently but today and yesterday just enough to keep the dust down.  I love this kind of weather because it keeps things cooled off and also gives lots of great lighting for looking at the scenery, or taking photos.

A lot of riders showed up – how cool is

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Free issue of The Horse’s Hoof

Click here to go to the page to download a free issue of The Horse’s Hoof.  This is a great chance to see what is in the magazine and check it out before subscribing. 

Rainbows and good times

View from camp at Fort Schellbourne on Saturday evening

It was dinner time while the rainbow appeared, so I didn’t get any shots of it until later when it was faded quite a bit – this is the photo that you see here. We had BBQ’d cheeseburgers for dinner and the evening was absolutely perfectly – no wind, warm, and just enough clouds with the rainbow and lighting to make for fabulous scenery

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Friday at Schellbourne – Riding the Pony Express Trail

Weather has been really nice here at Schellbourne – just enough cloud cover but still also sunny and warm. It’s great at night – no need to turn the heater on.

The clouds that we do have are making for a really beautiful sunset. Especially where the sun shines through and lights up sections of the mountain range behind us here in camp.

Today was a busy trail marking day. The two Dave’s marked

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Some shots of camp today at Schellbourne

If I make a face, will you feed me a carrot through the window?

Dave working on filling water in camp

The weather is really quite pleasant with just enough cloud cover to keep things cool and comfortable.  I snapped a few photos that I thougth I’d share of things around camp today.

I want to go mark some trail up at the pass on Rocky but I”m waiting for instruction on

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Fort Schellbourne XP: Gravesites at Fort Schellbourne

Schellbourne Cemetery. Photo by Karen Chaton

Gravesites at Fort Schellbourne

The previously 3 Unknown men who were murdered, probably around 09 Jun 1865 near Schell Creek Station, are now identified as: Two brothers, Morgan and Martin Woolman of Buchanan Co., Iowa and a traveling companion known only as “Jim.”

Morgan and Martin Woolman went west some time in 1864 and were on their way back from California with some half-breed horses (one account

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Driving on Highway 50 to Fort Schellbourne: Pony Express History

For those of you who will be making the drive to Fort Schellbourne in the next several says across Highway 50 (aka the Loneliest Road in America), here is a bit of history on the Pony Express that you can think about while making the drive and passing some of these areas.

Use your imagination and you are there.  Better watch out, there might be Indians.  They like those good XP horses you know

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Getting my trailer organized, sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference

I can’t stand a mess or clutter, especially in my horse trailer.  Those of you that know me at rides know that I am always shaking out my rugs, sweeping up the dirt off of the floor and wiping everything down.  There are rides where it’s hopeless but I try to keep it under control.

I don’t know if it’s because I”m a Virgo or because I just got the organization bug.  I

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Something to think about – trailering horses post endurance ride

After you finish an endurance ride, how soon do you trailer home?

I’ve been thinking about this topic lately given the last trip where I finished a ride then trailered about 80 miles to stay the night in a fairgrounds then drove home another 500 miles the following day.

My horses both did well and were taking good care of themselves, drinking and eating with normal looking poop and pee.  It was nice that

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