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Tevis News

Heading up to Robie Park for the start of Tevis and getting the webcast started.  I’m posting a twitter feed below, hope it works.  To view the Tevis Cup 100 Mile Ride webcast click here.  Photos will be added here starting tomorrow evening.  If you have a Twitter account you can sign up to receive Tevis News updates either online or through your phone.   Click here for instructions on how to do that

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Please help nominate Dave Rabe for Hall of Fame

Dave with White Cloud at Hell's Kitchen Canyon, 2009

This is short notice, however — I thought I’d do what I could to help out.  I already sent a letter to the Hall of Fame Committee in support of Dave Rabe for HOF.

If anybody would like to see what I wrote in order to help them with their letter, let me know.

Here is a description of the HOF from the AERC

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If you do not enjoy the training, forget this sport. It’s not for you. But if you enjoy the preparation, you have found your niche.

Karen and Weaver going over Cougar Rock

Karen and Weaver going over Cougar Rock. One of my favorite photos of Weaver!

Tevis is fast approaching, just a few more days!

I thought I would share some great gems of info from the Tevis website.

First of all, who do you think said the quote in the heading of this blog post?

I’m sure some of you got it right – it was none other than Julie Suhr.  She wrote this great article called “You, Your Horse and Lady Luck“. If you haven’t already, go read it!

If you’d like to read more from Julie, check out her book “Ten Feet Tall, Still”.  You can get it from AERC, or order direct from Julie. Every book sold directly puts $25 into saving our trails!

As of today (7/27/2009) there are 172 riders entered in the ride.  The entry list is posted on the website here.

To keep up to date with updates such as these and others between now and on ride day, check out the Tevis News Twitter feed.  You can get to it directly, or view it at the bottom of the webcast pages.  I’ll post the feed below this paragraph so you can get an idea of what it looks like. (sorry if it adds a bunch of blank space)

Next is an article by Erin Klentos on Trail Etiquette and Safety.  Click on the link or click below to read more.

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Battery conditioning & Guess which ride this photo is from?

One of my favorite rides – can anybody guess which one?

First of all – can anybody guess where this picture was taken?  It’s one of my favorite rides.  This trail can scare some people if they are afraid of heights.  It’s very scenic though, and a lot of fun.

Onto the next topic – battery conditioning, which isn’t as much fun as conditioning our horses…lol…but it’s something that we should all be

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Do they look innocent to you? Well….they’re not!

Two of these horse are guilty of breaking out of the barn early this morning and harvesting the lower half of one of my apple trees.  (hint:  it’s not the brown one!)

The other one is guilty of playing with his water trough.  Apparently, it got less than half full yesterday which apparently made it a “toy”.

Much fun to drag around, dump over, drag around the paddock…roll in the mud (because we’re not

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Only one week — till Tevis! How to follow the webcast starting July 31st, 2009

How time flies!  Of course, it does seem like an eternity since the last Tevis Cup took place in 2007.

This August 1, 2009 will be the 54th annual Tevis Cup.  The ride wasn’t held last year due to a fire.

Preparations have already been underway for months for this years ride.  The webcast, which you can view live from the Tevis website – will start on Friday, July 31st.  The ride itself starts

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The myths and realities of barefoot hooves

Rather than writing this all out myself, I’m going to share a bit here from Kim Cassidy’s website.  She wrote a piece called: Barefoot: The Myth and the Reality.  There are some good bits of information in there.  I think that this journey we are all taking with our horses has many routes and paths.  We may all end up at the same place, or we may end up going in a lot of

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Coupons – Purina Feed, Farnam and Starbucks – gotta be quick tho!

This one is the most time sensitive:  Free pastry at Starbucks with the purchase of a beverage on Tuesday, July 21.  Click here to print your coupon.

Now onto the real important stuff — horse feed!!

Purina has introduced new or enhanced their line of horse feeds.  If you’d like to participate in a trial that’ll get you some discounts on their feed, click here to sign up.  They ask a few questions about your horse, amount of work and what you already feed.  It’s not really detailed enough but should be interesting to see what comes out.

I entered Chief in the trial and found that in addition to his hay when he is in heavy work he needs another 9,700 calories which he can get from being fed 5.9 pounds of Omolene 200 or 6 pounds of Omolene 500.  The 500 has beet pulp in it.  I’m more interested in knowing the NSC content of the new feeds or any that have been changed, so will email and ask – when I get an answer I’ll post (usually the feed companies are pretty good about answering these types of questions, which I appreciate).  Now I just need to use this as a diet calculator for him – how many days of heavy work coming up short 9,700 calories will it take for him to trim down his big round belly?  Ha!

Manna Pro also has a few coupons – fly spray, horse feed, horse treats.  Click here.

I haven’t looked up other feed manufacturers because other than beet pulp I generally stick with what the local feed stores have – Manna Pro and Purina products.  Chief actually prefers the Manna Pro 10 complete feed (which is half as much cost wise as the Omolene) over the Omolene 200.  Smart horse!  lol

Finally – Farnam has a page that has a list of coupons for many of their equine products.  Click here to go to that page.  Lots of these are products that you may already use so check it out – they have everything from fly spray and wormers to horse feed, thrush treatment and leather care.

Click below to read the response I got back from Purina after signing up for the trial:

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More Horse Trailer Organization Tips

In manger: 2×5 gal. water, horse apples, drinks, hoof boots hanging, aluminum ladder and pitchfork hanging. On floor: two large horse feed containers. Still leaves plenty of room for door to open and close.

These are photos showing the organization I have made of items that are in my first stall and in the horse compartment of my horse trailer.

My trailer is a 3 horse FourStar gooseneck with LQ.  The dimensions are: 

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Is that your horse in the mirror?

This is a photo of Chief looking at himself in the mirror at the Nugget in Reno one year while at the AERC convention. I remember the first morning that we led Chief in and he saw another horse – oh man, it looked just like him!!!! And not only that, but when he snorted and curled up his neck — the other horse did too! It was like they were twins. The walls

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