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Glucose Kinetics in Horses (more specifically – endurance arabians)

This is a great read and useful information for those of us competing in endurance…or for just about anybody that is managing a barefoot horse or two.

Dietary Energy Source Affects Glucose Kinetics in Trained Arabian Geldings at Rest and during Endurance Exercise<

You’re horses are what they eat!

I learned a long time ago how what I fed my horse affected his hoof sensitivity.  It also affects a lot of other things.  I

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Tip for avoiding bug bites when riding!

Tests have shown that the colors of light green, khaki, and tan are some of best biting insect repellents as far as clothing choices.  It has also been reported that most biting flies are attracted to dark colors like blue and especially black.

Some of us may have to rethink our riding wardrobes! 

Got my aluminum horse trailer cleaned – yay!

Before washing

After wash

Once a year I like to use the “aluminum brightener” cleaner on my trailer.  It’s made by Streak Master.

It’s relatively easy to use.  First I pressure washed my trailer with water.  Then I used the pump sprayer to spray on the aluminum brightener.  Let it set a minute.  Rinse off.  Then dry with a towel.  No scrubbing – it was so easy!

For the harder to clean

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Endurance Riding Gear Product Reviews: Saddle Pads (part 1)

Chief at Color Country – almost ready to leave the vet check!

There are so many products out there that I know work well for others so just because I may only be reviewing certain products it doesn’t mean that those other products don’t also work – just that it’s impossible for one person to give very many items a real try out.  Everybody has different experience with products.  What works for one

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Northern Nevada Endurance Riding Clinic – April 25, 2010

Click here to download an entry form in .pdf with additional contact information.

ENDURANCE CLINIC

SUNDAY

APRIL 25, 2010

10 miles

HELD IN SILVER SPRINGS

NEVADA 89429

CHECK IN AND PRE VET 10:00 am

11:00 AM START:

COME OUT AND EXPERIENCE FIRST HAND WHAT TO DO AND HOW TO DO IT AT AN ENDURANCE RIDE WITHOUT THE PRESSURE.

CLINICIAN IN CHARGE: HEIDI SIEGEL!!!!!

ENTRY FEE : $25.00

*DINNER WITH COMPLETION AWARDS AFTER

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Barefoot hoof care: overlaid bars

A while back, Cindy asked about overlaid bars. To be honest, I haven’t really given the bars that much thought. Most of the time the horses self-wear the excess down. When they don’t then it’s just a small amount of work to smooth them out.  Now that I’ve done more research on it, I can see that it is important to know when you have overlaid bars and what to do to correct

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Is strangles going around your area?

Strangles may be going around some AERC regions this year already (SW, MT, W, for example) so be sure to watch this video or read this information about strangles. The info below is from BayEquest.   Be on the lookout following any rides that you attend for signs and symptoms.

It’s a good idea to check your horse over prior to leaving for a ride as well – take your horses temperature and check for any nasal discharge.  If you arrive at a ride and notice something isn’t right with your horse then be sure to separate that horse from having contact with any other horses.  If that happens you should also not allow your horse to drink from any community water tanks.

Here are the signs to look out for:

  • The horse will have a high temperature.
  • There will be a thick yellowy nasal discharge.
  • The horses lymph glands which are in the jaw area will be swollen due to an abscess forming.
  • The horse will lose its appetite and may also have great difficulty in swallowing.
  • The horse will be depressed.
  • The horse may have difficulty in breathing.

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Color Country 2010

We had a good time at the Color Country ride this past weekend.  I took both horses and rode Chief two days and Bo one day.  The weather for the first two days of the ride was really spectacular.  It was pretty good on the third day too but the wind came up late in the afternoon.  I think that this was probably one of the nicest years for weather at this ride in

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Traveling to endurance rides: how to plan your route

A while ago I posted about how to figure out how difficult a ride might be.  That can be helpful for those trying to decide which horse to bring, how to pace during the ride and even whether or not they think they or their horse is ready to go or not.  Once you’ve decided to go to a ride….how do you go about planning how to get there?

I’ll share with you my

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Endurance riding gear: product reviews

Chief and Karen at the Bar H ride. Photo by Lynne Glazer.

I thought that it would be fun to start a regular section on product reviews of products that I use and like.  I definitely put things to the test and often have people asking me about particular items.  I have a few things new that I am trying out to see how they work and will do reports once I have

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