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Winter riding and horse care tips

If you live in an area with real winters or just have a horse that grows in a super heavy winter coat you know that riding and conditioning this time of year can be a challenge. It’s hard to get in good rides not just because of the shorter daylight but because you don’t want to bring back a sweaty horse that is going to stay wet for hours, often past dark if you

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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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Find Your Adventure: It’s New Year’s Eve!

The week seemed to fly by, though at times it seemed to be in slow motion.  Today (the 31st) reminded me of the Heinz Ketchup commercial — anticipayayayayaytion.

Anticipation, anticipation Is makin’ me late Is keepin’ me waitin’

Photo by Lisa Peck. Formation practice.

The previous week had been filled with lots of social events for our group, breakfasts, lunches and dinners plus the Equestrian Reception, Equestfest, trail rides and practices.  Lots

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Find Your Adventure: Equestfest at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 2016: It’s Showtime!

Doors opened to the public at 10 a.m. on the 29th at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.  AERC volunteers had already been busy for hours getting the AERC booths set up in the vendor area and those of us with horses has been busy as well getting stalls cleaned, horses walked and beginning to prepare to ride in Equestfest.

I was feeling a lot more confident now that my horses had more time

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XP’loring the Trail, 2000 Miles of Memories Part 2 of 3

This was the 2nd of 3 articles I wrote for Endurance News following the 2001 XP.

XP’loring the Trail, 2000 Miles of Memories. Be sure to click on the link to read the entire thing! Karen

Talk about anticipation! Most of the riders had waited months, years even…for the start of this ride and it was quite a spectacular one. The horses were loaded into trailers in St. Joseph, Missouri and hauled across the river to Elwood, Kansas. The morning was dark, humid, and dark clouds loomed menacingly overhead. Baseball sized butterflies fluttered around inside my stomach on the short trip to the start. We unloaded our already tacked up horses and just like that, we were off. After all the months spent dreaming about the ride here we were actually embarking on the adventure of a lifetime…


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Preparing for the XP Part 1 of 3

This is an article I wrote for endurance news about preparing for the 2001 XP. “Preparing for the 2001 XP”.

I surveyed and interviewed many if not most of the riders that went on the ’01 XP and got a lot of varied responses.

Enjoy! Karen

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The Sweetest Leather Conditioner: Leather Honey Review

I was asked if I would do a review of Leather Honey if they sent some to me to try.  I love doing product reviews and getting to try new things, especially when I find something that works really well so that I can share it with my blog readers.  I was really impressed with this product and have several photos to show how well it works.  I really like that Leather Honey is

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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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Endurance riding basics: What to carry on your saddle

Here is my list along with photos showing what I carry with me when I ride.  Each person needs to figure out what works for them as we all have different needs.  I try to only carry things that I may actually need without going over-board.  If you carry too many items then it because nearly impossible to find something when you need it out on the trail.  I tend to be fairly prepared

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You could be an endurance rider if….

I first read 11 -20 on the January HITM Endurance Day show.  Then, 1-10 on the February show earlier this week.

On today’s Action Rider Tack endurance episode following a few endurance rider defining nuggets from Karen we’ll visit with Connie Berto for a chat about why she loves endurance riding so much and some of her favorite rides.  Next up Barbara White provides an update on the conditions for the upcoming Tevis Cup race following the devastating fires in 2013.  In the

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