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Figuring out how much salt my horse needs each day

My horses go through a lot of salt.  I offer it to them in two ways – 1)  salt blocks and 2)  loose salt.  I buy the loose salt in 50 pound bags at the feed store.  It’s labeled as “taxidermy salt” and sells for about $7 or $8 for 50 pounds.  The bag does say “feed free choice to livestock”.  If your horse’s diet is balanced, this plain white salt is fine. 

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What happens when endurance horses get bored!

I’m not sure if I should call my horses giant beavers or monkeys!  They are apparently getting bored playing in the mud and the snow.

This is what they do at night when they have nothing better to do.  They morph into gigantic beavers!

Actually, it is but ONE of my three horses that has a fetish for chewing on wood.  The other two just follow along, kind of like monkey-see-monkey-do.  The stall with

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Endurance riding goals for 2010: no real plans + what I learned in 2009

Karen and Chief at DVE. Photo by Lynne Glazer (original coming soon)

I’m a little slow with this post but haven’t had a lot of time to really think about planning what I’d like to accomplish this ride season with my two horses.

What have the rest of you come up with – anybody have anything to share?  Please post links to other endurance riders who have posted their plans for the coming

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I made some new headers; website updates for Sunrise Ranch; kitchen remodel getting closer too!

Been getting a lot done this week though not as much as I would have liked.  I did a bunch of updates on the sunriseranchrides.com website.  From looking at it you probably won’t notice.  Where it’s going to be noticed is on the back end when we receive the ride entries they are now going to come in formatted exactly how they need to be to reduce the amount of work that

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Hoof Tougheners and Thrush Prevention

I try not to post too often on ridecamp.  I think I’ve probably exceeded my allotment for the week, so will answer the question about what I use to toughen feet and treat thrush here in my blog.  I’ve covered this stuff before, sometimes the posts get buried because they are a year or more old.  You can do a search in the top right corner if you’d like to read more.

Even though

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So what exactly is that icky smelly stuff called Ichthamol really good for?

Lots of horse people have a tub of ichthamol in their tack room somewhere.  I know I do!  I recently used the stuff which got me curious about what the other uses are for it.  Ichthamol isn’t something that I have used very often.

Ichthammol is a black, tarry substance that is extracted from rock schist (also known as oil shale). It is known to have antiseptic properties and may also be effective as

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What are the best headlamps?

Anybody here have any recommendations?  I still have my old original blue Petzel headlamp that is probably a dozen years old, or more.  It has 5 LD lights on it that can flash or be solid.  It is “okay” for doing barn chores in the winter, but is just not very bright.  I use it every evening this time of year.   It is not really that great for use on a 100. It is

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Organic Selenium & Horse Guard Vitamins – Save 15%!!

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In the past I posted about what I feed my competing endurance horses, including Mega Dose vitamins (more on that here, too).  I’ve been really happy with these vitamins and especially like that everything my horses need in a vitamin is included in the formulation – they get all of these things (copied from their website):

What Mega Dose does for your

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2009 DVE Results are up!

Check:  http://www.sunriseranchrides.com to download the .pdf files.

If you spot any errors let me know. Thanks!

Organizing my tack room. What was old is new again!

Here is my new (old) tack room!  It is basically the same but there is more storage in it now.  We pulled out the existing cupboards and cabinets and replaced them with new (old) ones.  The new cabinets came out of our kitchen and are 22 years old.  My tack room now looks a lot like the inside of the house used to look  (but not anymore, lol).  It worked out really well because

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