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 Dawn Simas needs our help!!

This is the email we got from her this morning at 3AM. Poor lady is no doubt beside herself. If anyone can help her or knows of anyone in the Tonopah area please contact her at:


"I have my phone/blackberry. It' 3:30am so I don't want to call you. I
went to Vegas to get Amigo. We camped at this rest area on the way back
at Tonapah.  About 3 hrs ago, he got loose and headed down the hiway 95
south. Sheriff helped track him for 3-4 miles and lost tracks. He could
be 30 miles away on the hwy, in the town, our out on open range BLM land
anywhere. I can track him off and on, my problem is I need a horse, ATV,
jeep, dirt bike...I can't walk after him in my flip flops for 50 miles.
Can you post ridecamp for me?  Call anyone in NV you think could help? I
am stuck just sitting at this rest area while the trail is getting cold."

I will post Amigo's picture on www.my-endurance.net (Ranelle Rubin's page). I have a copy of his Tevis Cougar Rock pic that I will scan and post. He is a paint with black mane and tail. If anyone wants a copy sent to them to post elsewhere contact me before 8:30am

Thank you for anything you can do, endurance family!

Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway. ~ John Wayne

Ranelle Rubin, Business Consultant

Independent Dynamite Distributor

530-885-3510 home office
916-718-2427 cellular
916-848-3662 fax


  A Fantastic Pony

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        Meet Molly. She's a gray speckled pony who was abandoned by her
      owners when Katrina hit southern Louisiana, USA . She spent weeks on
         her own before finally being rescued and taken to a farm where
      abandoned animals were stockpiled. While there, she was attacked by
        a pit bull terrier, and almost died. Her gnawed right front leg
         became infected and her vet went to LSU for help. But LSU was
        overwhelmed, and this pony was a welfare case. You know how that

       But after surgeon Rustin Moore met Molly, he changed his mind. He
       saw how the pony was careful to lie down on different sides so she
      didn't seem to get sores, and how she allowed people to handle her.
       She protected her injured leg. She constantly shifted her weight,
         and didn't overload her good leg. She was a smart pony with a
                            serious survival ethic.

         Moore agreed to remove her leg below the knee and a temporary
       artificial limb was built. Molly walked out of the clinic and her
                           story really begins there.

      "This was the right horse and the right owner," Moore insists. Molly
      happened to be a one in a million patient. She's tough as nails, but
       sweet, and she was willing to cope with pain. She made it obvious
                           she understood (that) she

      was in trouble. The other important factor, according to Moore , is
        having a truly committed and compliant owner who is dedicated to
       providing the daily care required over the lifetime of the horse.

          Molly's story turns into a parable for life in post-Katrina
       Louisiana . The little pony gained weight, her mane felt a comb. A
                   human prosthesis designer built her a leg.

      The prosthetic has given Molly a whole new life, Allison Barca DVM,
        Molly's regular vet, reports. She asks for it! She will put her
      little limb out, and come to you and let you know that she wants you
                            to put it on. Sometimes

       she wants you to take it off too." Sometimes, Molly gets away from
        Barca. "It can be pretty bad when you can't catch a three-legged
                              horse", she laughs.

                  Most important of all, Molly has a job now.

         Kay, the rescue farm owner, started taking Molly to shelters,
         hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers. Anywhere she
        thought that people needed hope. Wherever Molly went, she showed
      people her pluck. She inspired people. And she had a good time doing

       "It's obvious to me that Molly had a bigger role to play in life",
       Moore said,   "She survived the hurricane, she survived a horrible
                 injury, and now she is giving hope to others."
      "She's not back to normal," Barca concluded, "but she's going to be
         better. To me, she could be a symbol for New Orleans itself."

Fire Season

Well, unfortunately, it is that time of the year when our minds turn to surviving the heat.  Along with that thought comes the dangers that the heat can lay in store for us.  So, just a friendly reminder to make sure you have a fire break around all of your out buildings including your home.  Make sure you have water storage to water your horses in case the water line supply gets shut off to fight fires near you.  Most of all keep your trailer, horse supplies, and personal emergency items ready at all times.

We have a number of active fires, here, in Northern California.  We are on the ready mode at all times.  

We are in no immediate threat of any kind.  However, one never knows so, we are always on the ready.   

You may also want to contact your local Mounted Search and Rescue Team (usually managed by the shierff's dept.) to gain first hand knowledge of what to have ready at all times for an evacuation.  Make sure you know what your counties evacuation plan is for your area.  Where do horses go?  Are there personnel assigned to help manage horse evacuations?  Is there a 'chip' program for your area?  Just in case you have to set your horses loose and hope for the best to get them back.  If they are rounded up and taken to a holding facility you have to have proof of ownership to get them back.  

These all very important issues to keep in mind at all times.  Not just during Fire Season. 

Endurance Readiness

 i don't know about anybody else.  I am ready for spring.  I am ready to get out on the trail and ride.  Let's pray that the weather holds up and the sun keeps shining. 

Daily Tip Equine Wellness III

Disease prevention: A cornerstone of equine wellness.

Horses are vulnerable to a wide range of neurological, respiratory, reproductive and other diseases. Fortunately, most of them are preventable through routine vaccination. Your equine practitioner will recommend a vaccination protocol based on the results of your horse’s wellness exam, vaccination history, disease threats in your area and the time of year (some vaccines are more effective given in the spring). Some of the most common equine vaccinations include the following (some of which may be administered in combination):

  • West Nile virus
  • Encephalomyelitis (EEE, WEE, VEE)
  • Influenza
  • Tetanus toxoid
  • Rhinopneumonitis (EHV-1 and EHV-4)
  • Strangles (Strep. equi
  • Rabies
  • Potomac horse fever
  • Botulism
  • Equine viral arteritis
  • Rotavirus

Twice-a-year wellness exams and routine vaccination are just some of the ways you can reduce emergency calls and help your horse live a longer, healthier life. For more helpful information, contact your veterinarian.

Daily Wellness Tip II

The equine wellness exam: What to expect.

Your veterinarian will probably begin by asking about your horse’s diet, level of activity, behavior, performance issues and any changes since the last veterinary visit. Be sure to answer as completely and honestly as possible. In addition, your equine practitioner may perform the following procedures:

  • Assessment of the horse’s overall conditioning – are weight and appearance appropriate for the age, breed and level of activity? Are there any obvious – or not-so-obvious—signs of disease, infection or other illness?
  • Analysis of posture and gait
  • Examination of the haircoat and skin
  • Listening to the heartbeat
  • Listening to the lungs
  • Listening to the abdomen
  • Eye examination
  • Dental examination
  • Palpation of the lymph nodes
  • Neurologic exam/testing reflexes
  • Examination of reproductive organs
  • Administration of appropriate vaccinations
  • Parasite consultation/administer parasite control
Rides is rained out! Sorry folks...see you next week hopefully.

Jade Mirage

Danielle and I hooked up with Ranelle today at Sterling Point for a 6 mile ride. Danielle rode Jade, our 26 year old mare, and I rode Valentina. Ranelle was on her Fellow an 8 year old gelding. Jade was positioned in-between Fellow and Valentina with Fellow taking the lead.

Jade didn't miss a step. She kept up with Fellow without a problem. The trail was not as easy as she has been being ridden on. This trail also had a few technicals. Some of the technicals were rocky. With two of the technicals being wooden bridges, over water, which Jade HATES! However, she presented herself as the consummate professional that she truly is. She absolutely amazes me. You would never know that she was 26 and a fairly sedentary mare.

Danielle did a fantastic job on Jade. Watching Jade with Danielle gave me a lump in my throat through most of the ride. I was very proud of the job that I have done with Jade that enables a beginner rider to take her out on a 6 mile technical trail and not have a problem. And it was wonderful to see Danielle enjoying herself regardless of the pace and difficulties with the technicals she had to face with Jade.

Valentina was a spaz! I was surprised with the difficulties she presented me with in maintaining good control on her! I had a different bit and that may have been part of the problem. The other part was I didn't want her to be up front (where she likes it the best) in order to learn to be rated back to sustain her energy over a long course! She was not happy! And she let me know every step of the way.

I loved the Sterling Point Trail. It was challenging. The ride with Ranelle was one of the best I have had in a long time. Her knowledge, experience, friendly manner, and helpful hints were inspiring. Mostly I love the endurance song that she has made up. It was very cute! Now, if she would just post it! LOL!

I will, more than likely, do many more rides in the Folsom Dam area. The footing is a sandy loam throughout the area. Although some of the technicals were a bit scary. I am looking forward to lots more! Ranelle knows all of the trails and has no problem with them! So, we will take her up on her offer to take us through them one at a time.

Winter Care

by: Press Release
December 28 2004, Article # 5321

From the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Extension/CEPS

Most animals that live outside need special care during cold months, and horses are no exception.

Maintenance of the hooves is as important during the winter months as it is the rest of the year. Many horses encounter problems with their feet in winter because the owner fails to stick to a regular schedule of maintenance with a farrier (horse shoer).

R. Dean Scoggins, DVM, formerly an equine Extension veterinarian at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana, says, "If the horse is not going to be ridden at all during the winter months, it may be advisable to remove the horse shoes completely." This provides more traction for the horse on slippery surfaces, and it prevents snow from balling up on the bottom of the foot.

Maintaining a deworming schedule is also important over the winter months because equine parasites are not easily killed by cold weather. Equine parasites can often withstand frigid temperatures much more easily than the hot dry climate of summer.

Because horses are naturally outdoor animals, it is fine for them to be out during the coldest parts of the year, as long as they have shelter to go to if the weather gets too bad. Scoggins says, "Frequently you will drive down the road and see horses standing out in a snow storm with an open shelter right there." This is because horses are somewhat claustrophobic by nature. They have to learn that it is safe to go into a shed and may prefer to stand out in the elements.

If a horse is not being worked regularly during the winter months, it is preferable to avoid using blankets to keep the horse warm. If blankets are used on a regular basis, then the horse will not grow a thick hair coat, which is important to protect the horse from the cold temperatures. If a blanket is used on a regular basis at the beginning of winter, then it must be used throughout the cold months to compensate for the thin hair coat.

However, if a horse is worked regularly a blanket is encouraged because the horse can become overheated during exercise if its hair coat is too thick. Another way to inhibit the hair growth is to provide 16 hours of daylight per day using a 60 to 100 watt bulb, followed by at least 6 hours of darkness per night. Scoggins says, "This method will trick the horse into thinking that it is summertime, and the hair coat will either not grow or will shed early."

After hard work, horses are often hot and sweaty. When it is very cold outside, it is very important that the horse be dried thoroughly and that the hair is brushed so that it stands up. This prevents the sweat from causing a chill, which can lead to illness. The brushed hair provides the horse with insulation against the cold.

Horses may need more calories to sustain them through the cold months as well. An all-you-can-eat, high-quality diet of hay should be provided. Not only is hay important for the normal functioning of the horse’s gastrointestinal system, but the digestion process generates heat. The horse may also need an increase in grain in its diet to ensure adequate calories.

Lastly, one of the most important factors in caring for your horse in winter is the availability of water. Not only is frozen water unavailable for drinking, but horses will also avoid drinking water if it is too cold. It is possible to increase a horse’s intake of water by 60% or more if water is maintained at around 65° F or higher.

By paying attention to the needs of your horse during winter months you can ensure that your horse stays healthy and ready for a productive spring. If you have questions about taking care of your horse during the winter, please contact your local equine veterinarian. -- Jennifer Browning-Stone

Horse Husbands


Harold Roy Miller

To all you horse husbands who have equine-loving wives

whose horses are the centers of your darling’s daily lives,

I sympathize with you men. I know exactly how you feel,

because I also have to endure this exasperating ordeal.

You probably are the guy who bought the fences and the stalls

and the one who built the corrals and put up the horse shed walls.

More than likely it was your cash that paid for the horses you both own

but women have selective memories about this, a fact that is well known.

The minute that you enter their equine-oriented dominion,

you instantly become a non-entity without any say or opinion.

They will also chastise you severely if you fail to follow orders

when it comes to taking care of their precious four-hoofed boarders.

They’ll tell you how to mount your horse and how to position your feet,

the proper way to hold the reins and sit the saddle seat,

the way to brush and halter and other things they think you forgot

and you’ll get a lesson in horse nutrition whether you want it or not.

Although it is your chore to feed the horses day and night,

to them you are still a rookie and never seem to get it right.

They act like you have no common sense and darn near committed a crime

if you waver when you feed and don’t do it their way every time.

It doesn’t matter if you are a racetrack jockey or a famous rodeo star,

somehow your equine skills never quite measure up to par.

They live in their focused “world of the horse” where women run the show

and any male with a laid-back attitude interrupts the natural flow.

They expect a guy to cowboy up and, oh, how they can scold

if he doesn’t care to take a ride or clean stalls in the artic cold.

They don’t tolerate insubordination; they want to make sure you understand

though you may be the king of your castle, in the corrals you’re a hired hand.

Now a wise man will act like he heard every word his sweetheart has said

and not stand there fuming with anger or with a question mark over his head.

A smart man won’t growl or groan, making her sulky and down-hearted,

they’ll just give her a kiss and say,” Ok honey,” then do it the way they started

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