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What I did this summer (so far)

I haven’t had time to devote much time to this blog.  I had a great time on the 2011 XP this summer.

I wrote a journal during the trip, which is here (from that link, click on my name – Karen Chaton).

I had the most amazing trip riding Granite Chief and Pro Bono 2040 miles on the Pony Express trail, from St. Joseph, MO to Virginia City, NV.

It was some adventure.  We

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My Longevity List

When I shared my endurance horse longevity post on FB, a friend asked this question:  “Karen you obviously have WONDERFUL horses – but what thing or few things have you learned thru the years that have helped your amazing record? I bet I know most of them but would love to hear from you what you think are the top 5 most important things you think you have learned to help longevity of your

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Death Valley Ride Report 2010

Day 4 of DVE. Karen and Granite Chief. Photo by Steve Bradley.

Getting to and setting up camp.

We stayed longer at Jackie’s helping Annie get stuff together.  We drove stuff over to camp and set up some water and dropped the portable toilets and horse trailer (for crewbags/pulled horses) off.

While on those trips Annie had to pull a couple of rigs out of being ‘stuck’.  It wasn’t that it

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Death Valley Warmup Elevator – First PS Region Ride for the 2011 Ride Season

Since this is the first ride in the 2011 season for most of the riders attending please be sure to renew your AERC dues!  You can do that online at this link.

Region: Pacific South, California.

Name: Death Valley Warmup Elevator Ride I & II (50/50 & 25/25)

Date: December 11 and 12, 2010 (2011 ride season)

Directions: Ridecamp will be at Coso Junction, approximately 35 miles north of Ridgecrest on Hwy 395.  Click

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Desert Gold – The Finale! (finally)

The weather cleared up by morning and we were able to tack up without getting wet.  It had rained a couple of times lightly during the night.  I set the alarm a half an hour earlier than usual because I thought that I might be moving realllly slowly based on how I felt after the second day (did I mention how it felt like I’d been run over by a bus?).

Just as I’m

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Desert Gold 2010 continued…(ride day 2)

Weather report for the second day of the ride:  it WAS going to rain on us.   It was warmer, 40 degrees versus the previous mornings’ 28.  I already had my goretex rain pants tied on the back of my saddle along with Chief’s rump rug.  I wore my usual long sleeve riding shirt, a fleece jacket and a waterproof shell with a hood, and my regular riding tights.

The night before I brought Chief’s

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Desert Gold 2010 continued…(ride day 1)

We spent some time the evening that we arrived at the ride hanging out at the campfire talking with Scott Sansom, Ken Cook, and other ride volunteers.  We learned just how much work is involved in putting on the Desert Gold ride.   It’s HUGE!!

The ride takes place on public lands in Fort Ord, near the Monterey Bay in CA.  Since there are other trail users the endurance ride has to be extremely careful

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Barefoot endurance horse hoof photos: November 2010 – Granite Chief

I took photos of both horse’s hooves today. In this first post I’m going to show some of the photos of Chief’s hooves.  I’ll also explain a bit about them and point out some of the things that I’d like to improve on.  After that, I’ll do a second post with photos of Bo’s hooves.

I hope that by sharing photos of my horse’s hooves that it will give somebody new to keeping a

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2010 Grand Canyon XP Ride Photos

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Here are photos from all five days of the ride from the Grand Canyon XP. I rode Granite Chief 4 days (200 mile) and Tulip 1 day (50 miles). It was an honor getting to ride Tulip – the highest mileage endurance horse in the history of the sport! He is really something, that horse. I lost track over how many times he tried to buck that morning, as he

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major…Major…MAJOR goal accomplished! check!!!!

I’m still not entirely sure I believe that it actually happened!  I just checked what I had written at the start of the 2010 ride season.  These were my goals:

I would like to do at least one 1-day 100 this year. I’d also like for Bo to reach 2,000 miles. I’d like to reach both 25k and 26k mile in 2010. I’d like for Chief to achieve 10,000 miles.

So how have things

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