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Endurance Day Shows on Horses in the Morning

Here are links to the last few months of shows.  Click on each link if you want to listen to us talk about ENDURANCE RIDING for an hour and a half.  The show is done live on the second Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30 a.m. PST, on the Horse Radio Network.  They also have several other shows so be sure to check them out.  You can even get a smart phone app and

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My latest science experiment

There are so many things having to do with endurance riding that you just simply can’t make up.  One of my favorite sayings is “you can’t make this shit up”.  A good fiction writer might be able to pen some of the things that we’ve encountered on our many adventures, though the actual events are often not something that you could think up, dream up, or even imagine.  This is one of them.

Have

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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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Bryce XP 2013

Had a nice ride at the Bryce ride (aka Paunsaguant XP) – four more days to round out the fall trip to a total of 14 ride days and 700 miles.

Chief and Bo both completed 7 days of the rides–350 miles each, plus each also went out a few days to mark or scout trail.  They both got quite the workout!

We achieved our goals for the season, which was pretty cool –

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Longevity and Endurance Horses

Chief wearing his AERC Decade Team Blanket.

Before I get to writing about the Bryce XP, I thought I’d throw out a post answering some of the questions that I get asked about how do I keep my horses going for so long, both in years and in miles.

There are lots of ways to be successful in the sport of endurance riding.  What works for me, may not work for somebody else. 

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Product Review: GroomLights

Photo of Bo taken about 9 1/2 hours after completing the 2013 Tevis.

I’ve had an interesting experience with the Photonic Horse Massage Lights.  The week before Tevis, Donnis Thran came over and did a Bioscan and Massage Light treatment on Bo.  I had never seen that done before though know many other endurance riders that have.  My previous blog post on that can be found here.

Donnis was nice enough to allow

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Pro Bono’s 3rd Tevis – What a Ride! Part 3

Every vet check, every step forward on the trail meant that we were getting closer to Auburn and to our goal of another Tevis completion.  I had a lot of confidence as we left out of Foresthill because our vet check there had gone so well.  We trotted through town, past a lot of cheering onlookers and residents.

I don’t remember for certain if I caught up to two other riders, or if they

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Heat Training Results – So Far

I recently posted about getting ready for Tevis and the heat.  Bo has been kept busy doing his workouts, allowing for a day off here and there.

I’m not as scientific about this as Melinda at Boots and Saddles.  Though I am checking recoveries, temperature and keeping a close eye on how Bo is handling it.  We gradually built up the workouts and I’ve gone from using a cottons sheet, to a nylon one

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Stable Scoop: Tevis Cup Preparation Interview

http://stablescoop.horseradionetwork.com/2013/07/11/stable-scoop-episode-256-100-long-miles-of-tevis/

This interview on the Horse Radio Network Stable Scoop show is all about preparing for the Tevis. The part about Tevis starts at around 17:00.

Here is the current rider entry list.  I am rider #80.

Tevis Preparations….will this be a hot year? We will be ready if it is!

Wild West Endurance Ride Completion Award. Photo by Baylor/Gore.

As of today there are 168 entries for the Tevis.  Since I mailed my entry in I guess that means that I better get prepared.  Over memorial weekend I did the Wild West ride near Nevada City, CA.  I rode Bo two days and Chief one day (ride report with photos to follow this post).

Since Bo is already in pretty good condition I

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