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Something to try if you have sore feet

Muddy feet!

My feet have been bothering me for some time. The left one is worse due to a horse stomping on it many years ago. After I did Tevis last year both of my feet felt numb and tingly for a couple of weeks afterwards. I went to the chiropractor and used the hot tub frequently and tried anti-inflammatories.

Nothing really seemed to help. I just sort of ended up accepting it

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Find Your Adventure: Riding in the Rose Parade 2016

Kayla with Bo; Karen with Chief.

I left off in the last post with us riding up the freeway off ramp to go into our staging area.  After a week of festivities and months of planning and preparing, the time was finally here.  The actual getting to ride in the Rose Parade!

We got into the staging area, where the horses peed.  We dismounted and got our boutonniere’s on and shed our jackets. 

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Post Ride Recovery for the Endurance Rider

20 Mule Team 100 2014. Karen and Bo. Photo by Bill Gore.

Post ride recovery for endurance riders is not usually a topic that most of us think about. Usually after the ride is over, you just want to sit down and relax. But if you make wise use of the post ride recovery period, you will be well rewarded.

Recent studies have showed that an endurance athlete can significantly reduce the time

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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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About a dozen years ago….I wrote this.

Diamond Springs Station – Where “What” is Buried

I wrote this in early 2001, printed it out and put it in my binder for the ’01 XP ride and I didn’t see it again for a decade.

My grandmother is now gone, so reading that part was really hard.  Her father (my great grandfather) rode a horse from Oklahoma City to New York and back twice, and from Oklahoma City to San Francisco,

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End of Ride Season — Almost! Goals Anyone?

It’s almost the end of the 2013 ride season, which has no doubt ended already for many riders.  We are fortunate in the West and PS regions, as there have been rides in November so we’ve been able to keep riding and can do so nearly year around.

Just a reminder for those AERC members and anyone interested in becoming a new member that the 2014 ride season starts on December 1, 2013.  Click

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Endurance Basics: Training your horse to deal with a vet check

They say that practice makes perfect, and in this case it certainly can’t hurt! The more you can do to prepare your horse ahead of time for what they are going to experience at an endurance ride, the better.

There are a lot of great books and websites that cover the basics for endurance riders.  There aren’t a lot of things (that I could find) that deal specifically with the finer points of exposing

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Benefits of basic training: an example! (or two)

I was riding Chief on this trail when a strand of wire from a whole roll of it got caught on Chief's hind leg.

Thought I’d show a perfect example of a time when having a horse trained to not panic when he gets caught in something can be a lifesaver.

A couple of years ago I was riding Chief at the Grand Canyon XP.  We had just come up a steep climb

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2011 Ride Season Comes to a Close

This was how the first day of the 2011 XP started. We rode as carefully as we could and managed to get through the entire 2040 mile ride! This is Chief with Nannette's horse Wizard.

What a ride season I have had.  I was just looking back at this post from last year when I listed my goals for the 2011 ride season.

Here is an excerpt where I discuss why I was

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Endurance Rider Education

This article was written by AERC member Terre O’Brennan, and is reprinted here with permission.

­What’s in a Name?

AERC, like every other National Endurance organization in the world, defines Endurance as ‘an event of 50 miles (80 km) or more’. Riders who participate in shorter rides may feel that this definition is an affront to them, since it differentiates the events they participate in from “Endurance”. They belong to Endurance organizations, and attend

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