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July 2019 Newsletter

What a time was had at the annual membership meeting and awards ceremony! First, thank you to everyone who made time out of their day to participate! The room was...
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Tips for Greener Horse Trails

Even out in the great wide-open there are things we horse owners can do to reduce our impact on the environment and take care of natural resources.
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Electrolyte Essentials — A Brain Dump

We get SO many questions about electrolytes, and over the years with our horses have made so many mistakes (that we wish others to avoid), and in recent years have...
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10 Tips for Hot Trips

Oh So Hot To help you understand the risks, let’s start by looking at the basic mechanisms that help your horse cool down—and how those cooling strategies are compromised when...
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What You Need to Know About Cooling Out Horses

Most horse owners are pretty comfortable with the basics of cooling off their horses. But what does it really mean, physiologically speaking, to say that your horse is “cooled out”?
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The Long Haul: Traveling Long-Distances With Horses

A U.S. Equestrian Team veterinarian who has overseen the shipping of horses to six Olympic Games shares what steps to take before, during, and after a long-distance trailer ride. Posted...
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April/May 2019 Newsletter

I love this time of year. The weather is just about perfect every day making it entirely too hard to drive to work when I would much rather drive to...
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March 2019 Newsletter

Happy St Patrick’s Day! We are certainly “green” around here with all the rain sprouting up grass and new leaves and shoots on the trees that are dropping LOTS of...
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February 2019 Newsletter

February is a good month to look at how your ride plans are coming along and what needs to be tweaked if anything. For me, so far – so good...
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Equine Conditioning Principles

As with a human athlete, the success of a fitness and conditioning program for your horse is based on the horse's body's adaptive response to the stress of exercise.
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January 2019 Newsletter

Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to what the new year will bring with optimism that it will be good, even better, great!
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Endurance and The Fine Art of Rest

Most distance riders spend a significant chunk of time and energy thinking about our conditioning schedule. In fact, some of us chart it, map it, and scrutinize it. Speed, distance,...
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December 2018 Newsletter

The holiday season is upon us. City streets and neighborhoods are lit with twinkling lights; neighbors and friends gather, sharing good cheer. Our horses are woolly and fireplaces have been...
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Learning To Ride My Own Ride

I admit that I am a slow study, and that it has taken me some time to figure out precisely what “ride your own ride” means, and to develop the...
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November 2018 Newsletter

By the time this newsletter reaches your mailbox, Thanksgiving will be right around the corner, and Christmas décor will be everywhere. I love this time of year. The weather has...
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Dangers of Overtraining

Overtraining symptoms are seen most often in high-intensity sports like racing, but horses in training for any activity can suffer from chronic fatigue.
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Recognizing and Avoiding Problems During and After a Ride

Keeping your horse — and yourself — healthy is vital to participate successfully in endurance riding.
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September 2018 Newsletter

September means longer rides and faster paces to get ready for the SE season as well as trailer check-up, and tack check-up, reviewing the ride calendar, planning, circling dates and...
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Care and Feeding of the Endurance Horse

Nutrition, Body Condition, The Foot, Beating the Metabolic Pull, Colic, Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome, Worms and Deworming, Vaccination and Disease, Housing, Emergency Planning, and more!
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August 2018 Newsletter

What do you do in the off season? I allow my horses time to rest from distance training during the heat of the summer and offer other vocations to help...
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Fit Rider: Five-Minute Warmup

Active stretching that activates your muscles and increases blood flow is the most productive type of warmup. Both your body and your horse will appreciate the benefits.
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July 2018 Newsletter

Let the New Year begin! The membership meeting and awards ceremony was the perfect way to start the SEDRA ride season!
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