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2009 Death Valley Encounter

I am so excited about getting to go and ride in a warmer climate.  The weather is looking really good for the trip, and also for the ride.  I haven’t decided yet which horse  I’ll ride which days.  Last year I rode Chief days 1 and 2, and Bo day 3 and 4.  I remember wanting to ride Bo two days in a row.   This year I think I’d prefer to alternate every other

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Some Holiday Humor – Down the road I go, sliding all the way!

I thought this was great….enjoy~! I posted the lyrics below the video. DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW

IN MY RUSTY CHEVROLET DOWN THE ROAD I GO SLIDING ALL THE WAY I NEED NEW PISTON RINGS I NEED SOME NEW SNOW TIRES MY CAR IS HELD TOGETHER BY A PIECE OF CHICKEN WIRE

CHORUS: RUST AND SMOKE THE HEATER’S BROKE THE DOOR JUST BLEW AWAY I LIGHT A MATCH TO SEE THE DASH AND THEN I

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Blog Updates

I just updated my blog to the newest WordPress version – 2.9.  It went really smoothly and everything seems to be working in the dashboard.  If somebody spots something that doesn’t work in a previous blog post, let me know.  I see that the links in my right hand column are gone.  I’ll work on fixing that.  A widget probably needs to be updated to work with 2.9.

I really like using WP because

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Death Valley Warmup RIDE Report (part 4)

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Death Valley Warmup Ride Report, Part 3

I was really glad to make it to camp at Coso Junction.  I was surprised to pull in and find that I was the only one there!  Henry Griffin was supposed to be there for the ride, but after seeing the weather report for the weekend he went on home.   At least I had cell service if I needed it.

It didn’t take long to get the horses all set up.  I was able

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More bare hoof photos: Pro Bono, December 17, 2009

These were taken today.  Some are before, and some are after a bit of a touch-up trim.  He hasn’t needed much due to being ridden barefoot, and also from doing those two endurance rides barefoot in November.  Keep in mind when looking at these photos that there is a lot of pigment in Bo’s hooves so sometimes things might look distorted or odd.  The pigment in his hoof wall often makes it look like

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Granite Chief’s Hooves 12/16/2009

I just took these today.  There are photos of all four of Chief’s feet from the outside and bottoms, plus I took at least one of each hoof showing the rasp being held to the hoofwall to look for flares. I also showed the angle gauge.  I’ve been seeing some improvement but there are still things I’d like to see better, like getting the frog on one front hoof to spread back out a

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Ride Updates for XP Rides, 2010 Season

Rachel Shackelford and Dave Rabe at the EMS ride.

Some good news – The first XP Ride of the 2010 season is the Eastern Mojave Scenic Pioneer ride.  We just got approval from the AERC to add another day on to it.  We did this partially because we lost 5 days when Schellbourne was canceled….and also because the Young’s have been so accommodating.

This is great news!  The EMS ride will now be

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Death Valley Warmup Ride Report, Part 2

I’ll start with what it was like just getting to the ride.  For a few days leading up to the trip, we were experiencing extremely cold temperatures (for here).  We’d had a high temp the day before I left of 16, while it got down into the minus 10 and teens at night.  A storm had come in a couple of days ahead of the really cold temps and dropped a foot and a

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Death Valley Warmup Ride Report, Part 1

I’ll start with posting photos along with links to the results.  Then next, will work on a ride story.

We had a fantastic time at the ride.  Bo and Chief both got to do 50 miles of competition and well as mark the trail a couple of days before the ride.

Click here for the results in .pdf format for both days.

Click here to see a photo album from both days and from

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