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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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My sweetwater recipe

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Ever since I posted about this on my FB wall, I’ve gotten more requests for the recipe and have had a huge amount of positive feedback at every single ride I’ve been to.  This stuff may not work for everyone, but since so many have given me such positive feedback I thought I’d post it in my blog as it can be a big benefit for your horse.

This honestly is not

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Keeping our endurance horses hydrated

I ran across this interesting article on the U of Mn website awhile ago and thought it was interesting enough to share: Voluntary Water Intake in Horses When Fed a Dry versus Mash Grain in Two Different Seasons

I don’t often change my horse’s feed around, once I find something that works really well I tend to stick with it.  Fortunately back in 2010 I learned about Elk Grove Milling Stable Mix and got

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