Dressage for Endurance Riders (aka winter motivation)

I started the day feeling pretty blah and ho-hum about the weather…  This is the first day this fall (winter now?) that I would normally go trail ride, but have decided not to because it is too damn cold.  My horses are in light-work-only mode right now, and I just can’t bear to trail ride slowly when it is below freezing.  No thanks.  Maybe if I had a horse doing full endurance conditioning and we were trotting the whole time, but riding slowly in the cold is NO FUN.  Moxie is on winter vacation and taking time off for some therapeutic hoof work (more on that later) and Ink is just now resuming work after 2 years off, so the going is slow.

So as I’m sitting inside drinking my morning tea, dreading going out into the tundra, feeling really lackluster about riding in the arena all weekend, I come across this blog.  THANK YOU, Eat Sleep Ride Repeat.  This is exactly what I needed to remind myself that winter can be productive and fun!

With my new re-established perspective I’m headed out to ride (inside!) and I’m going to enjoy it!

To all my endurance friends and readers, you really must read this wonderful post:

via 9 Really Good Reasons Why Endurance Riders Need To Embrace Dressage

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DIY: Thrush Treatment

I’ve posted before about Oxine soaks for thrush and white line disesase (WLD) treatment. I still use that and love it. However, it takes a lot of time and effort, especially when you have multiple horses that need treatment. It is also pretty miserable scrubbing hooves with cold water in the winter when thrush is most likely to be a problem. I like to have a day-to-day treatment option that is faster and easier, and thus, more likely to actually happen.

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DIY: Horse Trailer LQ Backsplash

The next step in my weekender living quarters trailer facelift was the boring counter top and oak, oak, oak everywhere.

I figured a splash of color would make it a bit more interesting and break up the monotony. I’ve seen some really nice fake tile backsplashes in newer trailers, and really like the look of it. Continue reading

Maprika – Trail Map Live Tracking

My friend told me about this really neat free app that tracks your current location on a trail map. It is really helpful if you’re riding somewhere new, or if the trails are poorly marked, or if you’re just plain no good at navigation. It is called Maprika, but I had to search for “GPS on ski map” in Google Play Store to find it. Continue reading

Iron Balancing Update

Almost a year ago, I posted about how I discovered that the soil in my area is extremely high in iron, and all the health problems that can cause and what to do about it.

I just recently realized that I never reported back on my results after starting Uckele Poly Copper and Poly Zinc supplements. Continue reading