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Black Friday, Shopping and Thanksgiving Holiday

What a day Friday is going to be.  How many of you are going to get up at 4 a.m. or earlier to find some of those ‘bargains’ being advertised?  Here is a post about bargains on Black Friday.

I am not a shopper.  Really.  I don’t mind going to Costco every couple of weeks.  I have so many better things to do than to shop, and to drive to wherever the shopping is. 

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Read about some of the most famous endurance races in history!

The Long Rider’s Guild has a lot of great information on their website.  One page in particular has a lot of great history and information including the most comprehensive list of articles documenting the most famous endurance races of all time.  The title of the page is: Articles about astonishing Rides, Rescues and Horse Races.

Here is a description and link to one of the articles:  Clarintha’s Long Ride – The Old West

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The latest and greatest — news about Death Valley Encounter

Ring in the New Year at the Death Valley Encounter!  Click here for the most up to date information on the ride.  Entering is easy – submit your entry online at this link.  Then all you have to do is show up and ride!

Here is a brief overview about the ride and how it will go this year:

Day 1 Start at Goler Canyon on Garlock Road. Loop back to same camp. Day

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If you have a sticky zipper on some of your horse tack

If you have a zipper that is sticking – such as on a saddle pack, hay bale bag or other item – try rubbing a bar of soap up and down both sides of it.  That should help coat it, and help it along.  Another thing to try is silicone spray.

December is coming soon and is a good month to get some of these things done in preparation for the new ride season. 

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The Pony Express Rides Into History

This article was written and published by the United States Postal Service in 1970 – so it’s 38 years old.  This information plus more can be found on the xprides.com website.  If everything comes together, there will be  another ride like the 2001 XP in 2011.  It may be one last chance to literally ride through history.  The memories and experiences that I have from ’01 are really special.

A little more than a

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Quotation from Ray Bradburry and Audiobooks

We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?  ~ Ray Bradburry

Ray Bradburry wrote the book “Farenheit 451″.  Have you ever read it?  I checked it out as an audiobook from my library (I *love* net library!) a while ago and found it intriguing and thought provoking as it is

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Another person back from China who got really sick

I met somebody last night who had been to China in the last year.  Her husband ended up getting really ill and ended up in the hospital.  He had a lot of the same symptoms that I had.  They got an infectious disease specialist working with him right away and even though they have run all sorts of tests have not been able to pinpoint if he picked up a virus, parasites or who

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Remember to renew your AERC Membership by December 1st!

It’s easy to do online.  Go to the aerc.org website.  From the left hand side of the website look for a dropdown menu with the title “Membership”; select that and then drop down to “Join/Renew Membership”.  From there, select “renew”.  You’ll then need to log in with your AERC membership number, last name and entering the name of one of the top three most famous endurance rides in the US.

This year you have

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Learn how to tie knots

Bowline stopped

The Bowline is a useful knot to know how to tie for those of us with horses. The Bowline makes a secure loop in the end of a piece of rope.  It has many uses, e.g., to fasten a  rope to a ring or tree.  It does not slip or bind.  With no load it can be untied easily.  It cannot, however, be tied or untied with a load on it. 

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Horse bits and other musings

Karen & Granite Chief, Grand Canyon XP

Lately I’ve been riding Granite Chief in a Myler Combination Bit.  It works really great on him.  I’m wondering why I hadn’t tried it on him sooner?  I’ve had it for years, and I’m sure that I did try it on him years ago and for some reason decided that it wasn’t going to work for him.  I tried so many things with him.  All of

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