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The 2010 AERC ride season starts…..tomorrow!

That means it is time to renew your yearly AERC membership if you haven’t done so already.  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

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My horses bad habits & other misc. stuff

I’ll start with Bo because he is so simple and easy.  His worst bad boy behavior is head tossing.  I fixed that simply by using a running martingale.  Hoping to work through that particular problem and get him through it in the next few rides.  Bo is smart enough to know when I have it on, or don’t.  He doesn’t even try to toss his head when it’s on.  This will take some schooling

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XP & Sunrise Ranch Rides on Facebook

Check out the new fan pages on Facebook for XP and SRR! Sign up and keep up to date with upcoming ride information. Plus, you can share photos from your own XP and SRR rides. Have fun!

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Skywatch Friday – The Eagle Nebula

Eagle Nebula. Photo by Dave Chaton

The Eagle Nebula (catalogued as Messier 16 or M16, and as NGC 6611) is a young open cluster of stars in the constellation Serpens, discovered by Jean-Philippe de Cheseaux  in 1745-46. Its name derives from its shape which is resemblant of an eagle.

It is the subject of a famous photograph by the Hubble Space Telescope, which shows pillars of star-forming gas and dust within the nebula.

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Does your horse move when you mount before you tell it to?

Endurance riders especially are really bad about allowing their horses to develop bad habits like moving or walking off when mounted.  Being that I’m vertically challenged and riding horses that are all as tall or taller than I am, it is necessary for me that my own horses stand still.  I’m not very tolerant of that particular bad habit.

If your horse takes even one step before you have both feet in the stirrups

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Facebook user tips

How many of you are using Facebook? Seems like lots of people are these days. I recently organized my friends into separate lists, so I can keep track of them better.  Here are some tips on utlizing Facebook better.  There are some really useful tips there so be sure to check it out if you use Facebook.

If you are on Facebook, let me know so we can be friends – just search for

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June 2-4, 2001. Almost to St. Joe! Pony Express & XP Ride History

I’m posting this in advance of an announcement for the XP2011.  Truly an opportunity of a lifetime.  Imagine getting the chance to ride across 2/3 of the United States of America by horseback on the historic Oregon/California and Pony Express trail!  It will be the adventure of a lifetime.  Trust me. 

Enjoy the memories of my trip from the ’01 XP…..if you would like to read more about the ’01 XP, click here. 

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What came in the mail Saturday

My highest mileage AERC horse medallion – 9,000 miles – for TBR Granite Chief+/

I love it when the horses reach new milestones.  Interesting that it worked out this year that on the same day Chief reached 9,000 miles I reached 24,000.  It is kind of weird to think that I have ridden 15,000 miles *without Chief*.  Every single mile on the endurance trail that Chief has done has been with me. 

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If you travel with horses, this is useful to know

I haul horses thousands of miles every year and have learned a lot of useful things on all of those many trips.  It’s not that I *wanted* to learn these things, but out of necessity often I’ve had to.  Most important is knowing how to change a flat tire.  Before heading out on a trip alone (or even if you aren’t alone) it’s always good to check and make sure you have all of

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Riding in sand, High Desert endurance ride, lucky ride #7

I took this video at the High Desert ride in October.  I rode Bo both days there and this was some of the trail on the second day.  We finished in the top ten that day and were 1st in our weight division, so there aren’t a lot of tracks ahead of us – I would guess after more horses went through it got even more beat up.

Bo has had a fair

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