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Endurance Ride Reports

Karen on Rocky at Mt. Charleston Challenge

Long before blogging was popular, I often wrote up my ride reports.  I thought I’d share some of them from a few of the rides I did on Rocky.  I’m really glad now that I wrote a lot of that stuff down.  Many of the details I might not have remembered otherwise.

I have so many great memories from the miles of trails I shared with

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This is a hard post to write

I needed a few days to grieve privately before telling anybody about Rocky’s passing on Monday.  He was a one of a kind special horse.  Rocky was my 2nd endurance horse and I’d had him from the time he was just a few months old.  I had some incredible adventures with Rocky, everything from completing Tevis, all 5 days of Outlaw Trail, being overall 1st and BC at the Death Valley

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After 12 to 14 weeks off, this is why my horses are still fit….

Researchers found that pastured horses maintained a similar level of fitness as stalled and exercised horses with a greater bone mineral content after 14 weeks. At my place, Chief is always on the move keeping Bo moving too and cover several miles in every 24 hour period.

I always love when I read new research that tells me what I already (think I) know.  This study backs up the theory behind our endurance

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Green Bean Endurance

There is a new group on Facebook for new endurance riders aka “green beans”.  It is called “Green Bean Endurance“.  Here is the groups description:

“It’s not easy being Green…”

Keeping all our Green Beans on the same vine! Are you new to endurance? Is your horse? Or would you like to help newbies get going down the trail? Then you’re a Green Bean! Green riders and horses as well as mentors

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Keeping our endurance horses hydrated

I ran across this interesting article on the U of Mn website awhile ago and thought it was interesting enough to share: Voluntary Water Intake in Horses When Fed a Dry versus Mash Grain in Two Different Seasons

I don’t often change my horse’s feed around, once I find something that works really well I tend to stick with it.  Fortunately back in 2010 I learned about Elk Grove Milling Stable Mix and got

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What to pack in your endurance crewbag

Cewbags going to the out vet check for lunch. Grand Canyon XP 2013.

I am always getting asked what to put into a crewbag for an out vet check. There really isn’t any one answer or list that will work for everybody in every situation. Mostly you want to remember to pack food for your horse, a blanket if one might be needed and then anything else you as a rider might need.

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