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Pony Express Ride Accomplishments Part 3 of 3

This is the third of three articles that I wrote for Endurance News after the 2001 XP ride. This one was about the accomplishments of the horses and riders. It was pretty amazing when you think about it. Here is an excerpt:

230 horses were ridden 67,400 AERC miles by 104 riders in eight weeks. That works out to 1,348 fifty mile rides. This in itself is quite amazing, given that there are a few regions in the AERC that don’t contribute this much mileage over an entire year.

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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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New Pinyon Trail!

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of attending the new grand opening of the 5+ mile Pinyon trail in Gardnerville.  The Carson Valley Trails Association has been working on this trail and getting it approved and then built for a couple of years now.

I went with a friend that had helped work on building the trail and as it turned out we were the only two equestrians there.  Most likely because other riders

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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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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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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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