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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: Listen to two AERC Rose Parade rider’s first hand account

Connie Creech and I were both interviewed by Connie Watson and Shannon Weil at KAHI 950 AM radio in Auburn, CA on our way home from the Rose Parade.  Listen in…..  KAHI Rose Parade Riders Interview

http://kahi.com/audio_files/The%20KAHI%20Corral.mp3

Managing my endurance horse Bo post colic surgery

Bo two weeks post colic surgery, April 2014. He regained his weight rapidly.

I’ve only made a few small changes to how I manage Bo on a day to day basis after his colic surgery in April.  While the veterinarians and surgeon were not able to come up with a reason for the cause of Bo’s colic it was suspicious that the morning he went off of his feed (he was still eating,

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Wild West Endurance Ride 2014

Bo & Karen at Wild West 2014. Photo by Baylor/Gore.

I know I haven’t blogged for a long time.  Bo colicked on April 9th and needed to have surgery for a 180 degree twist.  It was a bit of a roller coaster ride, to put it lightly.  We were very lucky that the surgery was able to correct the problem in what turned out to be a fairly uncomplicated and successful surgery.  It

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2014 20 Mule Team 100: One horse, one rider and a dog–a story of 100 miles through the desert with a happy ending

I always say that getting to the ride can often be the hardest part.  Last year I missed 20 MT because of my truck.  This year I was really determined to make it to the start line.  The obstacles this time weren’t as insurmountable as the last time – I only had to replace two tires on my trailer a few days before the trip.  Could have been worse, right?

You know you are

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Horse Ride Prep + My Favorite Horse Feed (aka Bo and Chiefy’s favorite feed)

Just back from the feed store, where I picked up a couple of bags of Elk Grove’s Sport Horse Mix.  They had to special order it for me.

Ever since I heard about the Sport Horse Mix I’ve been dying to give it a try. My horses have been on the regular Elk Grove Stable Mix formula for years, and they are thriving on it.  Not only do the horses love it, but it

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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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Pro Bono’s 3rd Tevis – What a Ride! Part 2

As soon as Bo peed, we left RF and headed out down the road.  This is one of the few places on the trail that you can make good time on.  Zach was about 7 minutes behind, and he was late getting out so it took even longer for him to catch me than I thought it would.  I let Bo walk for awhile to let Zach catch us.  Then finally, he caught me

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Pro Bono’s 3rd Tevis – What a Ride! Part 1

Tevis Rider Swag Bag – we got lots of goodies this year!

We had a great ride this  year.  Everything fell into place for us in so many ways.  I actually entered early and planned ahead for the ride this year.  And still managed to avoid any Gremlins!

We got up to Robie Park on Friday morning before the ride and got set up by 9 a.m..  It’s nice that we are only

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Bill Thornburgh Family & Friends 2012

Bill Thornburgh Ride, Karen and Bo. Photo by Tony Wilkie.

Here is an album of photos from the Bill Thornburgh ride that I did in October.  I rode Bo both days and we had a great time!

They do a nice job on this ride – it’s well marked, there is plenty of water and hay on the trail plus they serve a wonderful dinner.  For awards we got tie-dyed t-shirts.  This must

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