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My sweetwater recipe

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Ever since I posted about this on my FB wall, I’ve gotten more requests for the recipe and have had a huge amount of positive feedback at every single ride I’ve been to.  This stuff may not work for everyone, but since so many have given me such positive feedback I thought I’d post it in my blog as it can be a big benefit for your horse.

This honestly is not

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Bioscan and Groom Light Treatment

This morning I had Bo Bioscanned by Donnis Thran.  Donnis has been doing this for three decades now and really knows her stuff.  There is a great writeup in the current issue on Trail Blazer.  Click here.  I was excited to be given this great opportunity to see first hand how this technology works on my horse.  Even better with Tevis only being a week away.

Bo was first Bioscanned, then he was then

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Death Valley Warmup, December 10 & 11, 2011

We had a pretty good time last weekend.  I rode Chief on Friday to mark trail along with Sue Wilkie and her horse Rocky.  Then, I rode Bo on the first day of the ride in the 50, and Chief in the 50 on the 2nd day.  The weather turned out great, and all things considered the turnout was decent – though still down over the previous year.  I think that may just be

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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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Musings about high-lining horses and improving the rate of rehydration post ride

Can you tell this is a spoiled horse? I mean really – look at how many bags of hay and buckets of water and feed he has? This is for just one horse!

I put out plenty of water so that way I’d have it available for sponging during the vet checks, and also for washing my tack (I call it doing “horse laundry” items).

When I have only one horse I can keep

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Taking care of the rider

Here are some of the things I’ve been using on rides recently, mainly as snacks or for an energy or electrolyte boost for myself.  I find that if I do a pretty decent job taking care of myself, then I can do an even better job taking care of my horse.

It can be hard as a rider to keep up with everything.  Especially if I am traveling a long distance to a ride

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Strawberry Fields Forever 2010 Ride Photos!

Photo by Vicki Gaebe. Karen & Chief, Day 2 Strawberry Fields Forever

It took me awhile to get these posted, because I had to go through a lot of photos.

I have narrowed them down to only 265 in the album.  There are a lot of photos here – from all four days of the ride plus trail marking and trail work.

Rider photos were taken by Vicki Gaebe, and can be

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Electrolytes and the endurance horse

Connie Hoge has set up a new group on yahoo on the topic of electrolytes.  Click here to visit the group or to join!

What do I do in regards to electrolyte supplementation on my own horses during rides?  I add plain salt to my horses soaked mashes.  I try to preload them a little ahead of traveling and of course try to do what I can post ride to help them recover after

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Post ride recovery for my 100 mile endurance horse

Bo ready to leave for the last loop on the 100

I’m sure that Bo was happy to get back home after completing the 100 at 20 Mule Team.  He sure appeared to come through the ride in really good shape.  I think he had fun and I know he learned a lot!  I was really pleased with his performance.  I know that I rode him well within his limitations and could have

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Endurance Horse Electrolyte Research

Endurance riding can lead to significant losses of water and electrolytes, which can cause clinical illnesses related to increased neuromuscular excitability, including cardiac arrhythmia, muscle cramping and twitching, and gut motility changes. When plasma potassium (K+) increases–as it does with increasing exercise intensity–there is a concomitant increase in neuromuscular excitability. Yet, many endurance riders believe that oral potassium supplementation before and during competition is critical to the good health of their horses.   Click here

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