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Endurance horses are going the distance without nailed on shoes!

Check this out, 7 of the top 10 horses in the AERC National Mileage Championship are competing in hoof boots and are NOT using nailed on shoes for hoof protection!

My two horses are both in the standings – Chief is 4th with 970 miles and Bo is 7th with 750 miles- though Bo now has another 100 miles to his credit.  Bo has done a lot of miles totally barefoot as well, and

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Removing grease #’s from your endurance horse after a ride

Here I am taking Bo for a walk on the trail the day after we got home from Tevis. You can clearly see the #49 on his butt. It's about to come off!

I really dislike having those awful grease #’s on my horses.  Fortunately, most rides that I go to do not use them.  It reminds me of a horse that came from an auction.  I’m sure for some it’s like having

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Capturing the stars – more astro-photography. Look up!

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All of these photos taken by my husband Dave.

“To be a star, you must shine your own light, follow your own path, and don’t worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest”

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I

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Having the privilege of riding over Cougar Rock

Oh man, the anticipation and thrill of getting to go over Cougar Rock was one of the highlights of riding the Tevis for me this year.

I so enjoyed getting to go up and over Cougar Rock with Bo!  I felt safe, secure and knew he was going to be sensible and that he would get us both over it in good order.

It is hard to describe the feeling of the satisfaction

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Getting through the Vet Checks at Tevis

Arriving at the Last Chance Vet Check. The first thing we see are lots of volunteers. While Bo drinks we get ready to sponge him and get his pulse taken.

After getting my pulse, I walked over to the vet. Note the vet card is partially filled out. I was handed the card and told to trot away from the vet. If there was a problem they would call me back,

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Moving average versus total time and figuring out how to ride the Tevis!

My actual “moving” average speed on the Tevis was 6.07 mph.  During the 24 hours of the Tevis Cup there were 2 one-hour holds (vet checks), and eight vet checks total.  The majority of the vet checks do not have hold times so you have to ride so that you have time to allow for the time spent in those checks.

My ride numbers:  5:15 start, 3:33 finish.  That left me with 1:42 time

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Tevis Trail Videos

Here is my rider query report from the Tevis Webcast.  I was rider #49 – it was a lucky number I think!  We kept a fairly steady pace throughout the ride and lucked out getting through the vet checks without ever having to wait.

It may look like we spent more time getting short distances midway through the ride – that was mainly due to staying and sponging Bo to cool him down or

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Tevis Cup 2010 Photos & Video

I took a lot of photos and video and will get them posted soon.

The videos are already up on YouTube.

Bo and I finished 32nd at 3:33 a.m. and had a really terrific ride at the 2010 Tevis Cup ride!

I’ll write more about it in another post. For now, enjoy these photos taken during the ride mostly of the trail.  Karen

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Tevis Twitter News!

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Karen and Weaver going over Cougar Rock

This will likely be my last post before heading off to Robie Park.  I

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Pre-ride check, before cleaning everything for….Tevis on Saturday!

I took Bo out for a ride yesterday evening to do a final check on our tack and hoof boots.  The first photo is of Bo just before we left to head out for the trail.

I think everything is good to go – after our ride I put most of the tack in the dishwasher so it will be clean for the ride on Saturday.

While I am going to glue Renegades on

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