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    [RC] Pyramid /elytes /chiro/ you name it - Rides 2 Far

    Think I'll just combine all my posting into one post so my darned name
    won't be on here every other post. :-)
    Just back from Pyramid Challenge at Kentucky Horse Park. WHAT A BLAST!!! 
    I am going to tell the end of the story first so to lend credence to my
    advice.(whether deserved or not)  It was hot...humid...LOTS of metabolic
    pulls in the 25...more lameness in 50...we finished 6th in the 50, 2nd in
    BC judging, and high vet score! :-D
    We had such a great time.  We just got home and my kids are in total
    mourning that it's over and just sulking around the house saying, "I wish
    we could rewind to Friday, I can't believe we have to wait till next year
    to go again"  The Pyramid Society is a group that breeds Egyptian
    Arabians.  They hold a huge show at Kentucky Horse Park with Dressage in
    one part of the park, and the big breed show in the big covered arena. 
    This year the endurance camp was in the infield of the steeplechase track
    in a beautiful grove of HUGE shade trees (about 5 feet diameter trunks). 
    In the distance you could watch the Saluki dog show running it's
    "Coursing" (racing after a fake rabbit) event,  hear a bluegrass festival
    going on, announcers for the jumping horse show on the hill, and the
    CONSTANT hum of golf carts whizzing to and fro. but there we were in our
    own private grove of trees sort of segregated from all the activity
    unless we wanted to join it. 
    It was going to be hot and muggy but that's usually good for me. My horse
    is a little thick to be a good heat horse but I think hot rides favor
    truely paranoid riders and I qualify doubly there so we usually do well. 
    As for electrolytes: I do not dose at all at home.  None leading up to
    the ride.  I try to keep them happy about what they're eating.  I know
    *I* don't want to start drinking extra on Wednesday for a Saturday ride. 
    The only change I make is cutting the grain in half and mixing their feed
    with wet beet pulp the feeding before we leave to make sure they're
    tanked up on the trailer.  He gets his first dose the night before the
    ride, with a syringe mixed with yogurt.  I stick the end of the syringe
    in the side of his mouth, but then sort of pry the mouth open and aim it
    straight for the back of the throat.  Make sure there's no hay or
    anything in their mouth first and it goes to the back of the throat and I
    don't see it again. I like the consistancy of the yogurt, it shoots way
    back and sticks.  When I've mixed with water it ends up all around his
    lips and coming back out.
    Now for the chiro thread.  I've always had a fear of chiros. Won't go to
    one myself. Never planned to take my horse to one.  But...for a few years
    vets have been commenting that my horse *maybe* looked a little
    off...sometimes during the ride and not at the end.  Sometimes grade one
    at the end.  Always assumed that the mileage was catching up with him and
    a joint was getting stiff.  I spent tons putting him on Adequan, then
    he's had Legend shots, a joint injection, lots of different shoeing...not
    one thing made a difference.  VERY frustrating, and I was getting self
    concious and just generally sick & tired of worrying about what they'd
    see in the vet check.  
    Then, this winter I hauled him all the way to Lexington to the chiro that
    my endurance friends use up there.  She took one look at him, said his
    hip needed adjusted.  Gave him a hard bump on the rear, then put her
    hands inside his leg and gave a little twist.  My thoughts were, "that's
    all?"  Well...he's now done 4 straight rides, not one vet has seen one
    thing.  I feel like I've got my horse back. He used to get high vet score
    pretty often. This was the first time in at least 2 years and he got
    straight 9's from a vet who says he doesn't give 10's. I am happy, happy,
    happy, happy, happy!
    I had run out of my home made electrolytes and since I had a bucket of
    each Enduro-Lytes and Perform'n Win that I'd won decided I'd use them. 
    Really saw no difference at all in his drinking or eating from how he
    does with my home made mixture.  I used Enduro-Lytes the night before and
    at the first 2 vet checks simply because I could mix them up the night
    before with yogurt and with 2 horses didn't have enough syringes for the
    other stuff.  I decided I'd use the Perform'n Win at the vet check since
    I'd heard that when you mix it with water it gets kinda thick and you
    wouldn't need a mixer.  I knew it was too hot for the yogurt without the
    cooler so I figured that would be good.  As it turned out, I must have
    gotten it too thin.  It was watery and I felt like a lot of it came back
    out his mouth.  I took a dose with me in a baggie for the 3rd loop with a
    syringe and figured I'd mix it with water on the trail.  I dumped it in
    the barrel, tried to get some water in and shake it up. It liquified on
    that end but not on the rest.  
    Everyone else is getting their horse sponged and I'm shooting in a little
    watery mixture, then hitting dry powder & clogging, then trying to add
    water again. It was a pain and I think he spit a lot of it out.  I'm sure
    carrying it in an old Lyte now syringe might be better, but I don't plan
    to spend the $$ that cost when mine work fine for pennies.  If anybody
    wants to save me some old empty tubes I'll take'em. :-)  As far as seeing
    any change in my horse's eating or drinking habits from when he gets home
    made, I didn't see any change.
    The most difficult part of this ride is staying on course.  There are so
    many distractions, and the course just cuts across open fields, around
    soccer fields, and crisscrosses everywhere. Since the markers aren't
    necessarily always on your right (picture tiny flags on metal sticks
    going through the middle of a crosscountry course) you couldn't tell if
    you were going on it forward or backwards.  Quite a few people found
    themselves coming into camp when they shouldn't be there.  I managed to
    take a wrong turn when we came up on a plate with the sun shining through
    from the other side making it look as if the arrow was on my side...of
    course there were pink markers both directions.  Debi Ivey figured it out
    and we turned back.  
    Note: Hey Sites, she's your "Morissette with the great legs person" 
    She's remarried.  I told her your were talking about her legs on ridecamp
    and she said she wasn't surprised you remembered them...since you two had
    a cartwheel turning contest at the Race of Champions and you beat her!
    Unfortunately, my daughter Josie got her first pull here.  Her horse
    passed his vet check, but leaving at 25 miles she felt he was a little
    off and had the vet re-check him.  It was slight but she  chose to pull
    which was good and I was proud she made that decision.
    I think there were 60 in the 50 miler. 1st was Michelle Owens on Tommy
    Tiktin's big Egyptian gelding.  2nd...someone from NC? 3rd. & 4th Sandy
    and Samantha Thompson, 5th Debi Ivey on Vali HiFayzera (21 years old!)
    6th Kaboot & Me, 7th Charlotte...(rides for Melissa Crain) on Jasper,
    8th? Teresa Mascaro. I'm sorry, don't remember next two.  BC went to
    Sandy Thompson on her daughter's mare. Runner up BC...and the person who
    will assume the duties of BC should Sandy not be able to fullfill
    them...ME! (always the bridesmaid, never the bride)
    Didn't know the winner of the 25, but ridecamp's new grandpa Ed Roley won
    BC and his daughter was reserve BC! 
    Hard luck award...Roxanne Cicconne who lost her horse early on, got him
    back hours later, and went back out and finished.
    One thing I really enjoyed about this ride was that there seemed to be
    quite a few people who were new to the sport and really enthusiastic. My
    favorite was a lady who was there last year to show her Saluki's and kept
    wishing she had her horse there.  This year she brought her Appaloosa and
    you've never seen anyone more proud of their 25 mile completion.  At the
    end of each loop on the ride you had to make one circuit of the 1 mile
    crosscountry track and the Saluki breed show where she was well known was
    on the far side of the track. When she was making her final lap they
    announced it over the loudspeaker in the breed ring and they all cheered
    for their own. :-)  It was good to relive how good those early
    completions felt.
    The evening of the ride was also the "Grand Finale" of the Egyptian Event
    horse show.  Horses whose pedigrees had been certified as having
    sufficient Egyptian blood were invited to be presented in the Arena. 
    There were 16 endurance horses who qualified. I was really proud of our
    guys.  They looked good, the horses looked great and they did us proud.
    The crowd was very appreciative of them.  I later spoke to one of the
    people from the Pyramid Society who had been a spotter for our ride. He
    kept telling me how impressed he was with the sport...how fit and healthy
    our horses were, and the bond we had.  He said next year his wife wants
    to enter.  
    This was a really positive chance to show our sport off. The evening
    before the ride I had met up with a lady on a jumper out for a ride and
    she had a lot of questions.  She was very nice and seemed to have a good
    impression of our sport too. :-))
    After the endurance horses left it was time to bring in all the champions
    of champions with spotlights, screaming, and anything else that would
    make a horse run in circles and freak.  Actually, they looked a lot like
    Kaboot at his pre-ride trot out so I couldn't talk. >g<  After they
    announced the Grand Champions they invited the crowd to come out in the
    arena and look them over.  It was hard to tell about their topline to
    some extent because they carry a lot of fat over their backs.  You could
    have set a place setting of dishes on their backs without them sliding
    off. :-P  Their legs looked rather delicate...but they have them shaved
    to surgical level and I wondered if they'd have looked a little bigger
    with some hair on them.  Recon if they'd given me one of them I'd have
    been willing to take a shot at making something out of him. >g<
    Finally the evening ended with parties...several parties...all around
    music drifting over the hills.  My 16 year old went to the Hunter
    Pavillion with the other camp teens (oh did they have fun with the golf
    carts all weekend!) and when I drifted over there at midnight or so the
    endurance riders were still enduring...dancing the night away.  They had
    a DJ, smoke, flashing lights, and everyone was just having a ball. 
    Didn't get to bed till 2 AM...22 hours and all of it fun. :-))  
    I highly recommend this ride for a family weekend. Next year I think
    we'll try to go up a day early.
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