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Comanche Peak Wilderness, a Forest Rebounding From Fire

Finally, I am literally and figuratively back in the saddle. After a several month hiatus from blogging, and an even longer hiatus from riding, I am so happy to be able to share our recent trail rides with you! We enjoyed our first ride of the year in Comanche Peak Wilderness. My blog series about […]

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Planning to Visit the Southwest? Do You Know About Valley Fever?

I grew up in Indiana and attended Purdue University for my veterinary degree. We learned about diseases that affected animals all across the country, including fungal diseases. Histoplasmosis was more of a concern in the Midwest than Valley Fever. In fact, a staff member at my first job was tested for histoplasmosis when she gave

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ISS, GCS, SBP, and LOS… How Do They Relate to Horseback Riding?

Your ISS (Injury Severity Score), SBP (Systolic Blood Pressure), GCS (Glasgow Coma Scale), and LOS (Length of Stay) are all measures of how broken you are if you are injured while riding or interacting with your horse. Recently, this article appeared in my Facebook newsfeed multiple times as it was shared amongst my many horse

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LifeLine Helicopter is NOT the Preferred Way to Leave Camp

We had just returned from a 9-mile ride. I was in the trailer preparing to head to the mess hall for lunch. Suddenly, a deafening noise interrupted the usual sounds of horses whinnying for missing stablemates. I rushed out of the trailer in time to see a Lifeline helicopter landing in the open space a

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