What a great time this weekend at the PNER Convention in Portland, OR! It got my brain dug out of 3 ft of snow and got me pumped for this up and coming ride season. Good friends and a whole weekend of horse talk, how could you go wrong? Friday and Saturday were filled with all kinds of speakers and talks from Essential Oils for Horse and Rider to Rehabilitating the Sport Horse. I particularly enjoyed the two hour talk on Conditioning for the Higher Level. It provided a good o
What a quick turn around. I have been trying to be patient getting a call back from a local vet office for a phone consult now for 3 days! You know how that goes, when you have to wait... Anxiousness and impatience sets in... Maybe a little frustration too! I decided off of a recommendation of a friend to call Dr. Bob Schneider, a lameness vet that comes and works out of Emerald Downs every couple weeks. He called me back in under 24 hours and listened to my questions/concern
Horses, horses, horses! They always are up to something that can keep you guessing. That's the case with my gelding, Prevost. An update from last season - Prevost was being conditioned to start his first official year of Endurance in 2016. We had taken our time, two years prior to going down the trail with "long slow distance" in mind to build up tendons, ligaments, bones and maybe the most important part, mental conditioning. We had the plan of starting off the 2016 season w
Ok all. I am giving it a go and will be posting the majority of my updates here on the blog. I think this will work as a better place to share my more "lengthy" posts rather than to fill up a huge page on Facebook. I hope I can stick to it! I'm new to blogging, I'm sure this will be interesting! I will be sharing this to FB as a test ;0 Thanks everyone! Picture of Hootie and Hsentry - I sure miss these Arab clowns!
Are we all about drooling for spring time riding?! I know I am... The thing is, I loose a lot of fitness over the winter. I am just plain not as active as I am in the spring and summer due various reasons. When spring time hits, we get our horses out and put "them" back to work. But what about ourselves? I will not lie that it takes me good while to get enough strength back to work with the horses effectively. I feel that rider fitness is an important part of horsemanship a l