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A tribute to Granite Chief after sharing 10,000 miles together

Instead of spending much time writing about Chief, I’ve been spending time with him.  He is really a kind and gentle soul who has impacted my life in so many wonderful ways that I can’t even think of the words to describe how fantastic a journey we have shared so far.

Today I shampooed Chief’s tail.  OMG, it was dirt brown in color – I was happy with the results.  When finished, his tail

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Strawberry Fields Forever 2010 Ride Photos!

Photo by Vicki Gaebe. Karen & Chief, Day 2 Strawberry Fields Forever

It took me awhile to get these posted, because I had to go through a lot of photos.

I have narrowed them down to only 265 in the album.  There are a lot of photos here – from all four days of the ride plus trail marking and trail work.

Rider photos were taken by Vicki Gaebe, and can be

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Back online after Strawberry Fields!

I’ve been offline for awhile – no internet or cell service at Strawberry Fields in Utah.  I turned everything electronic off, except for the GPS – what a great time!

I would have gotten home sooner but decided to stay in Winnemucca last night after getting a blow-out on the right hind trailer tire (right as I got there).  I wasn’t surprised with all of the road construction going on – they had

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Upcoming endurance rides

It’s been a busy year for me so far this season – both horses have completed about 700 miles each.  They are doing well right now, strong, fit and sound with a good work ethic.  Chief and Bo are both eager and happy to go each time they are saddled up and have been easy to catch, in fact they come running or trotting when I call them.

Bo is such a character as

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The Horsehead Nebula

The Horsehead Nebula. Photo by Dave Chaton.

This is the Horsehead Nebula and NGC2023 which is a reflection nebula. This photo was created with a stack of 12 fifteen-minute exposures.

The Horse Head Nebula is one of the most famous of deep-sky objects. Located in the same interstellar cloud as the Great Orion Nebula, this intriguing puff of gas and dust silhouettes the bright curtain of energized hydrogen gas beyond. Were it not

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Garmin GPS & Google Maps

This is kind of cool. There are lots of neat things you can do online with a GPS (and Google) – and this is one of them.  I gave it a try myself and in put the camp location of an upcoming ride and then downloaded it to my Nuvi – and it worked.  It was easy since I already have a MyGarmin account.  It might have been just as easy to input the

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Dealing with these ANNOYING scratches on my horse!

The back of Bo's pasterns – fronts – post Owyhee ride

A closeup of the scratches on the pink skinned area.

I have been meaning to do a thorough post on dealing with scratches.  I’ve gotten lots of input from friends this year and have learned about quite a few different treatments and ways to manage horses that are prone to scratches.

I’ll need to work on the more thorough post later,

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Riding Clothes

Just real quick – wanted to share a special that Sierra Trading Post has on women’s UPF (sun protection) shirts. Click on the logo on the left and it’ll take you to the website.  From there do a search for UPF 40+ or else UPF shirts.

There are a couple of different styles.  I like the Sherpa Durga shirt – it has  pockets and comes in a few different colors and is currently on

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Skywatch Friday: 2/3 of the Leo Triplet. M65 & M66

What is up with the weather – we’ve had cloud cover almost continuously for weeks now! It has been keeping Dave from getting to do very much observing of the “sky”.  This is one of his May 2010 photos. He takes them on extremely long exposure and stacks them in order to create a single image. Below is a quick description of what is in this particular photo. Photo by Dave Chaton.

To

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Owyhee Fandango: Only 100 Miles to Go – Come Along for a Virtual Ride with Me – continued…

Does it look like we are having fun?   Steve Bradley always gets the best photos!  Yesterday I started writing about the 100 at Owyhee Fandango but only got as far as getting ready for the ride….

So now let’s start at the beginning of the ride itself!  I gave myself an hour to get ready, so set the alarm for 5 a.m. for a 6 a.m. start.  I don’t need a lot of time

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