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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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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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May 2018 Newsletter

  May/June 2018 May is full of excitement! Mares delivering their beautiful foals, lush Spring grass creating glossy coats on our horses, beautiful wild flowers in bloom and plenty of...
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The Dangers of Riding Your Horse in Deep Sand

One of the characteristics of an experienced endurance rider or competitive trail rider is not just expert knowledge of the terrain, but the ability to gauge the terrain and make...
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Condition Your Horse Like a Pro

That competitive edge. It might look different for different disciplines, but this intangible has its roots in the same concept: conditioning. In short, conditioning develops the musculoskeletal, neurologic, and cardiovascular...
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April 2018 Newsletter

I don’t know about all of you but when the weather is this lovely, I want to ride, ride, ride!
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Equine Conditioning Principles

Training the horse to use the specific muscles and systems involved in the sport in which the horse competes, while considering the individual horse's fitness level, are two additional principles...
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Rider Fitness 2018 03: Nine Tips to Stay on Your Game as an Older Rider

Whatever your riding discipline is, and whatever your age, I found that the tips made a nice conversion into tips for success with rider fitness. This month, we'll cover what...
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