Spring is here, finally! I was able to get both horses fully body clipped over the weekend and speed up the shedding process.
There are pros and cons to clipping but mostly pros now that it is already mid March. It can be a real challenge to keep the horses cleaned up when they are being worked as the weather warms up and they still have super thick shaggy coats.
Fortunately I’ve got some really big heavy duty clippers that make quick work of the job. It took me about 45 minutes to clip Chief and a bit less to clip Bo since Bo had already had his neck clipped for the 100 he did last month. Both boys were really good about being clipped.
I usually start with their hind ends going up over their backs, then sides and stomach. I am usually done with those parts by the time the clippers start to get warm.
I’ve switched over to Andis Cool Lube and it does the best job ever of keeping the blades cool. I just have to remember to keep spraying it every couple of minutes. Works way better than any other brands I’ve used in the past. If I can keep the clipper blades cool, then the horses don’t get ticklish or flinchy about being clipped and I can get done a lot faster.
Here are some photos of both horses. Chief gets more fleabitten each season.
Of course, it helped to have some treats on hand – gave each horse half of one when I started and the other half when they were done and that made their day. They don’t usually get goodies so this was a special treat for them. Good ponies!
This stuff works great to keep the horse’s coats and skin soft and supple.
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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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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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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Karen on Rocky at Mt. Charleston Challenge
Long before blogging was popular, I often wrote up my ride reports. I thought I’d share some of them from a few of the rides I did on Rocky. I’m really glad now that I wrote a lot of that stuff down. Many of the details I might not have remembered otherwise.
I have so many great memories from the miles of trails I shared with
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I needed a few days to grieve privately before telling anybody about Rocky’s passing on Monday. He was a one of a kind special horse. Rocky was my 2nd endurance horse and I’d had him from the time he was just a few months old. I had some incredible adventures with Rocky, everything from completing Tevis, all 5 days of Outlaw Trail, being overall 1st and BC at the Death Valley
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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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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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Cewbags going to the out vet check for lunch. Grand Canyon XP 2013.
I am always getting asked what to put into a crewbag for an out vet check. There really isn’t any one answer or list that will work for everybody in every situation. Mostly you want to remember to pack food for your horse, a blanket if one might be needed and then anything else you as a rider might need.
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