Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Meet Us

The above picture is of me and my husband, Daniel. We have been married for over 5 years. Daniel is very supportive of my addictive horse habits and faithfully accompanies me on on all my endurance adventures. He takes wonderful pictures at the rides and enjoys hanging out with the vets and ride personnel while I'm out on trail.

The above picture was taken a couple of weeks ago by Daniel's sister, Jean.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Colton Montgomery

Over the weekend, I was able to visit my sister-in-law, Hannah, and her husband, Ken. Last Tuesday morning they were blessed with the arrival of their first child, Colton Montgomery. Colton was born at Baptist Hospital in the early morning hours of August 22, barely missing sharing a birthday with his 4-year-old cousin, Rinnah. Sabbath was the first opportunity I'd had to visit my newest nephew. To the left is a picture of Ben holding Colton. Ben is Hannah's older brother.

To the right, we have David, Ben's 5 year old son, getting aquainted with Colton. David has a little sister and 2 girl cousins, so he's very excited to have a boy cousin that he can play with. David's mom, Beth, is helping David hold Colton.

And back to the left, this was my first opportunity to hold Colton. I can't wait to watch him grow up and develop and find out who he is and who he will be. I adore my nieces and nephews and enjoy spending lots of time with them.

I wonder if any of them will become endurance riders like their Aunt April?

These pictures were taken by my husband, Daniel, who also takes pictures at my endurance rides. More of his work can be see at http://photos.jadawn.com

Friday, August 25, 2006

Treadmill Work

No, not a horse treadmill. I wish! No, the treadmill is for me. I've been spending some time on the treadmill lately. Just walking. I am taking it easy a bit from the harder (and admittedly more interesting!) Cathe workouts to just do some easy walking. I monitor my heart rate and keep it under 140. Setting the treadmill to a certain speed and doing minor adjustments based on if I want to lower or raise my heart rate is much easier than trying to modify Cathe so much. Also, when I do those Cathe workouts, I really want to work harder, even when I'm not supposed to.

I always wear my Garmin Forerunner 305 to monitor my heart rate. I merely turn off the GPS reception and just watch my heart rate. The nice thing is the 305 will record my heart rate and I then upload this to Training Center or SportTracks so I have a record of my treadmill workout and the heart rate data from that workout.

For the horse, a treadmill would be awesome! Alas, I do not have one. I think I'd want a horse scale before a treadmill, though!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Finally shod

I removed and replaced the Easyboot twice over the weekend and never saw a single issue with the Easyboot. No rubs or bruising.

Billy came out today and removed the flap and added a couple of nail holes to a shoe and put this shoe on. A very nice job if you ask me! I will keep an eye on it, of course, but it's a clean area and very little risk of infection or even the shoe coming off. Just normal care.

I immediately went for a quick ride. It was great! Tanna moved very nicely. He fooled me a bit on the way out. I took it easy on him, but he turned into wild child when we turned toward home.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Easyboot stays on!

I called Billy (my farrier) last night and asked him about the chunk coming off Tanna's left hind. He advised me to wrap the foot in duct tape and if I had an Easyboot, still, to throw that on there, too.

So last night I wrapped the foot and put on an Easyboot. I had an extra one laying around. The teeth hadn't been flattened, but I figured it'd be ok since the teeth would likely bite the duct tape and leave the hoof wall alone. Then I turned Tanna out on the front pasture.

This morning, as you can see, I found the boot still on his hoof. I must say, I am shocked! I have never been able to keep a regular (non-Epic) Easyboot on Tanna for longer than about 2 hours. This boot had been on for 12 hours by the time I went out to feed this morning.

The cable arrangment is hard to see in this picture, but both sides go to the outside of the adjustment and the middle groove is used in the buckle itself. When I went to step on this to close it, the buckle twisted a bit. Seems ok, though.

This afternoon, I plan to remove the boot and the duct tape and check for bruises or other damage.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Flying Hoof Chunks

This is Tanna's left hind hoof. As you can kinda see, there is a chunk coming off the hoof. I have my farrier coming out Monday. He couldn't come any earlier than that.

The top of the chunk is where an old cornet band injury was growing out. This probably would have been ok if he'd been shod, but combined with the dry, hard ground, flies and barefoot, that part of his hoof wall just weakened enough to crack. I'm unsure whether to go ahead and use my nippers and get rid of the hanging chunk or just leave it be until my farrier gets here.

Tanna's not lame a bit. He doesn't seem to mind at all. He went flying around the pasture at a dead run when I got home from work, so he isn't bothered by it. So that's good. I'll have to wait and see if Billy can get a shoe on or if he recommends leaving him barefoot for longer for that to grow out. Or maybe he'll use some sort of hoof reconstructor to patch that hole. Who knows?

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Meet Tanna

Here my horse, Tanna. His name is Santana, but I call him Tanna for short. He is a 12-year-old grade Arabian gelding. Grade just means he doesn't have papers, but believe me, he's all Arabian! He is my endurance horse and a great friend. We've been partners for over 5 years and have over 600 endurance miles in AERC competitions.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Cross-Training the Human

So what does an endurance rider do for cross training? Some people bike. Some people run. I, on the other hand, do step aerobics. I find it challenging and a great leg and cardiovascular workout. And it's fun!

But not just any step workout. Many videos I have tried have bored me to death. I use Cathe Friedrich DVDs that I get from her web site or used from eBay. I have to modify the moves to my own personal level, but I really enjoy her workouts. I now have enough that I have a nice variety to pick from when I get home and get ready to workout. I tend to stick to the mostly or all step routines as that's what I enjoy.

I've been hitting it pretty hard this week while my horse is waiting on his shoes. Yesterday I did Interval Max for the first time. Boy, did I push it anaerobically. So today was a modified Cardio & Weights workout, keeping my heart rate below 135 to allow recovery from yesterday. It's amazingly hard to keep one's HR down that low while trying to do a fun routine! I use very light weights on the weight lifting segments. I'm an advanced stepper, but a very beginner with weights.

And how do I keep track of that HR? With a Garmin Forerunner 305! This unit is an awesome GPS fitness unit with lots of options for training outdoors. But I also use it inside to monitor my heart rate. Then I can load the data to my computer and analyze the data and see how well (or not) I'm working my heart. I use this unit for my horse, too, but I'll mention all that another day.

Trace Tribute Donates to Equestrian Trails!

From 2006 Ride Co-Manager, Angie Fura:

The Trace Tribute Endurance Ride is proud to announce that we have made a $500 donation to the Natchez Trace Parkway equestrian trails near Nashville, Tennessee. This donation would not be possible without the dedication and support of the many volunteers who worked countless hours to make this ride a success. We would also like to thank the 75 riders and their crew members who came to middle Tennessee to support this benefit ride.

The Trace Tribute is looking forward to 2007! We hope to see you there!

Angie Fura
Trace Tribute 30/50

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Trace Tribute 2007

The Trace Tribute Endurance Ride in Middle Tennessee is now a go!

AERC sanctioning has been approved for April 7, 2007.


Easyboot Epics

I have been trying to use Easyboot Epics for my horse, Tanna, while he's been out of metal shoes for a few weeks.

My efforts have met with less than rousing success.

I ordered lots of accessories with my pair of Epics to be sure I had everything on hand that I might need to try to make these boots work for me.

The first thing I did was remove the back strap with the metal teeth and replace that with tapers. In the past I have had issues with the metal teeth and the back strap rubbing, so thought this was a great idea.

My first ride, I tightened the gaiters and went for a 5 mile ride. My horse erupted in scratches. I'm sure it was brewing just below the surface, anyway. The next 5 mile ride I tried to protect with Desitin and vet wrap. This did not go well either. I ended up with some rubs on the sides of Tanna's pasterns. No lameness, but those rubs didn't look nice at all.

I ordered Dr. Bickmore's Gall Salve and treated the rubs and scratches with this twice a day and every other day washed his pasterns with medicated shampoo from my vet.

I tried to do another 5 mile ride with the gall salve instead of Desitin. Still with the rubbing. I tried 2 more 5 mile rides with comfort pads with no better success. In addition, with the comfort pads, I began to see some rubbing at the heel bulbs. This may be because the pads raise the foot a smidge in the boot.

At this point, I am waiting for my farrier to come out next week and reshoe.

I was able to get 5 5-mile rides in, but at this rate, I will never be able to get any serious training in with these boots unless I can avoid the rubbing. Maybe I will try again after my fall competitions.