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Granite Chief’s Bare Feet…errr….Hooves

Chief's Right Front Hoof

Here are a couple of photos taken today of Chief’s feet.  He has been barefoot most of his life, except for a couple of years and he is now 13 years old.  I find it hard to believe myself that he is already mostly through his fourth endurance ride season being kept un-shod.  You can see from the first photo that his front feet are very round.  He has

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Ten tips on how to take good photos while riding your horse

Cuyama Oaks XP Ride Start

I’ve been taking ride photos for a long time now on endurance and training rides.  It’s a lot of fun and sometimes I get lucky and get a really spectacular shot.  The main thing to remember with digital cameras is that it doesn’t cost any more to take several shots.  Then, delete the ones that aren’t so great.  Here are some additional tips on taking photos from horseback:

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2000 Mile Pony Express Ride Photos Are Up!

Diamond Springs Station – Where "What" is Buried

I finally got this project finished!  Yep, that’s right – it only took 7 years :).  I’ll add the links below but you can also find everything on the 2001 XP page.   Stay tuned for more information on another BIG RIDE!

Endurance News Articles: 1) Preparing for the 2001 XP

2) XP’loring the Trail, 2000 Miles of Memories

3) 2001 XP Accomplishments

Karen’s Personal Journal

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Easy way to attach a jacket to your saddle

Here is a quick and easy way to attach your jacket to the front of your saddle.  Click on the photo to go to my webshots photo album.

1)  Get two long pieces of string – it can be a boot lace, or my preference is bungee by the yard in the thickness of a shoelace.

2)  You can trim down to measure after you’ve attached your jacket to get the measurements correct.  Figure

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Finding a veterinary clinic in an emergency

If you’re traveling with your horses and need to find a vet clinic you can call:  800-411-GOOG from any phone and get connected directly or try Google Maps for your cell phone.  You could also try Windows Live for Mobile.  Some of the newer GPS’s may also help you with this info.  Be sure to set this up in your phone NOW so you won’t forget!  Another useful resource that every traveling (US) endurance

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Starting to ride again!

Chief in his Freeform Saddle

I went out for a short ride last night on Chief.  It’s taken me awhile feel like I am strong enough to ride, and also to make sure it’s okay with my doctors due to all of the health issues I’ve had.  I’ve been doing pretty good though, I can get the horse out, clean up his feet, get his boots on, clean and tack him up and

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Grand Canyon XP – October 8-12, 2008, SW Region

Grand Canyon XP Trail

Here is some information for the next upcoming 5-day 250 mile XP ride:

All five days of the Grand Canyon XP are out of the same basecamp which is located in Dry Park, on the north rim of the Grand Canyon.  We ride through beautiful aspen and conifer forests and across wide open meadows through the North Kaibab Plateau on the Arizona Trail and the Rainbow Rim trails. Both

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Using photos online – do you need permission? — YES!!

Marking trail at EMS on Chief

There is a nicely written article over at Web Worker Daily today covering photo permission online.  Click here to read “Understanding Online Photo Rights”.

I’m bringing this up because I regularly get requests to use my ride photos.  More often than not, people use them without asking permission.  I am generally pretty good about granting permission – but definitely would like to be asked first and to

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Virginia City 100 – Congrats Tigger and Dave Rabe!

Tigger

Sounds like it was a great ride yesterday with approximately 36 out of 51 horses finishing.  This was the second 100 for little Tigger and everybody reported that he did great!  I’m so glad for them both and happy that Dave now has a going 100 mile horse.  Go Tigger!  They finished in the top ten and Dave was first middleweight.  It’s great to know they had a good ride, and finished

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Mike and Ike

Here are some photos showing the damage from Hurricane Ike to Mike M’s place (AERC president for you endurance riders) in Houston, Texas.  It’ll be a couple more weeks before they get their power restored.  Looks like quite a bit of work to get things cleaned up.  Glad there were no injuries.  Good luck with the cleanup and getting the generator going again!