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4479) Joni Campbell 
Interlochen, Michigan
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I would love to get my hands on another Eli Miller saddle 16 inch, if anyone is aware of one for sale out there.

I also want opinions on the Best endurance type saddle pad to buy for these Shore to Shore rides. I am afraid to spend a lot and find out I am Not Happy with the results. Is the memory foam pads any good?

Therese Kline 2049 Monday, May 31, 2010 02:38 PM
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Everyone had different pads.

Some swear by the Dixie Midnight liner + a pad. This works well on my hubby's TWH.

Mine does best with wool 5 Star pads - a DRY one for each days ride.

If what you are using is working for your 20 - 30 mile rides don't change it - just bring a few of those so you have dry ones each day (in case of rain you want spares!)

Good luck!

SAK Tuesday, June 1, 2010 05:23 AM
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you don't need an "endurance pad" to ride and complete the Ride. What ever your horse is use to using on a long ride without becoming sore or rubbed will be adequate. Getting his back and your "butt" use to the long trail hours are actually more important than a fancy pad. Each horse and rider will have different combinations that work for them. We have 3 different animals and they all use a different pad--from an English quilted pad, to a cheapo New Breed waffle pad, to an expensive expensive SMx air pad.
As to an opinion about pads, I personally don't like wool pad as they do hold moisture and are slow to dry, thus you need to have several of them. I have read reports that the memory foam pads DO conform to the shape of the saddle and therefore DO NOT relieve pressure as it compresses down against the hores' back at the pressue points. I prefer something that allows the sweat and moisture to escape, but it still comes down to affordability, practicality and what works for you and your mount. Nothing replaces riding miles and saddle hours before the trip to try and eliminate as many potential saddle or pad fit issues before you start. Good luck and hope to see you on the trail!

Joni Campbell 5771 Friday, June 4, 2010 01:05 PM
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Thanks you guys. I am putting the miles on but I do have one horse that is definitely hard to fit. I have done tricks to make it thru the ride if a hot spot appears. I was just wanting to pick some experienced brains. This will be my fourth trip. I am going on the 2nd June ride. See ya there.

TK 2049 Saturday, June 5, 2010 01:12 PM
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An old timer used to bring material that looked like egg cartons - the egg holding side - and would cut it up when needed. You may want to bring that - I think it's something that medical types use for human bedsores.

Also, old timers bring a pad they can cut up with them.

I know one of those got used for a horse that had a hornet/wasp sting near it's withers one year. They cut out the pad where the sting was and used boric acid to draw out the swelling (IIRC).

Of course, the best decision is to do what is best for the horse. wink

SAK Sunday, June 6, 2010 04:40 PM
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4th trip, eh? Congrats! You already sound experienced! Did you get all the trophies? Perhaps it's not a pad problem, rather a saddle fitting problem. Take it easy on the trails, it's not a race to the finish, but to finish that is the accomplishment.
4478) Debbie 
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How to load pictures? When I try it says that picture is too large and I am not sure how to fix this problem..

Nancy 2083 Sunday, May 30, 2010 08:34 AM
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I have a dial-up ISP and need to use small pictures. I also have a MAC computer. I use the installed I-photo program when I load my pictures to the desktop. I-photo lets you change the size and quality of your pictures to a smaller version. I do it so that it doesn't take an hour to load it to the MTRA website. Here are the steps I use, but what ever photo program you use will have something similar to this.
1. hi-lite the picture I want to use.
2. Go to File, then under file, Export, click on that and you will be asked what kind, pick JPEG.
3. JPEG Quality goes from low to maximum, I pick medium
4. Size, this is the important one. I pick medium. This goes pretty fast on my slow dial-up ISP.
5. Click on export and it will ask you where you want it to go. I pick the Desktop. I then have the picture on my desktop and when I want to put it on this site I just hit browse and pick this picture. Hit enter while placing your ad and it loads to the MTRA site.
I hope this makes sense. If you have a PC then I'm sure the steps are similar. Maybe someone who uses a PC can also answer this.
I must say that when others post pictures to this site I really appreciated it when they use a smaller quality and size so that I can download them faster on my slow dial-up computer.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday weekend. I sure am. Happy Trails

SAK Thursday, June 3, 2010 04:58 AM
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What you'll need to remember is to reduce the pixel size of your photo. A full sized digital pic can be 5MB in size--a good half hour download on a dial-up ISP. A large photo is about 1,280 x960 pixels--still about 1MB in size (pixel is a light-dot on your TV or monitor screen) A med. sized photo (as Nancy mentions) is 640x80 pixels (about the size of most monitor screens). Still a little large for our purposes here, but WAY better than several MB's!

PS--Nancy--Love my MAC!!
4477) KellyB 
Leslie, MI
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(4477) My friend referred me to this site - I have a great trail or endurance horse for sale!

JJ is a Ghalii descendant - these horses are known for their athleticism! He has primarily been trail ridden. He began endurance conditioning a couple summers ago, but his rider did not end up competing. He also just recently had 30 days training at Massman Stables. This gelding would be PERFECT for a serious trail or endurance rider. He has energy to spare, & he has personality plus. I would recommend a confident intermediate to advanced rider for him. He has a long trot to die for, and power walks on the trails. JJ is good in the arena, but really enjoys the trails more. We took him to Pinckney & Lakelands Trail several times a couple years back. He was trail ridden a good portion of last summer. He has been ridden on the road, and he did fine. He has great ground manners, ties well, and trailers like a dream. He's an extremely easy keeper, but doesn't get super fat on pasture. He does not require grain in the winter. He does fine in a stall, but is happiest with 24/7 turnout. Has had coggins pulled for 2010, is utd on feet, worming, and teeth were just done by Dr. Lisa Carter in April 2010. He has no bad habits. He's pastured with mares, and has never acted "studdy" with them. Just tries to get them to play! (Just a footnote - this horse has AWESOME feet!) GOOD HOME ONLY! I will check vet/farrier references. Price is somewhat negotiable. Thanks for looking!

KellyB Saturday, May 29, 2010 09:33 AM
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Forgot to mention - he\'s a an arabian & is registered w/the AHA.

KellyB Saturday, May 29, 2010 11:49 AM
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Oops - he's a gelding. Please contact me via email. Thanks!

KellyB Saturday, May 29, 2010 10:19 PM
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Oh my goodness! I left too many details off my original post! He is priced at $1200.

Colleen (2308) Monday, May 31, 2010 08:19 AM
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How old?

KellyB Monday, May 31, 2010 08:40 PM
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10 years. 14.2 hh.
4476) Cindi 
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Saddles for sale:

16" Big Horn saddle..$250.00 obo It features a soft suede-covered front, seat, and jockeys. Its built on a Ralide 13 barrel-front tree with Quarter horse bars and contains 7/8 position stainless steel rigging.
Includes Tuffy Girth- Sheepskin cover- Endurance stirrups
More info here:

This is an awesome saddle..$500.oo
Very Balanced Ride...Lite weight
Includes Saddle (15) although it is comfortable for 16
Marciante saddle pad.....
matching breast
and possibly sheepskin pad!

For more info on this saddle check out this link...
4475) Ginny #6376 
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06 F250 SD FX4 5.3 gas automatic, 3.73 long bed,rear slider, air, tilt,cruise, cd, bed liner,chrome wheels,step and grill,shift on the fly,B&W turnover ball gooseneck hitch, 48,000 miles, $17,500 obo. Moving up to a 1 ton. 517-262-4271

Gin 6376 Thursday, May 27, 2010 05:06 PM
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the pic didnt post, you can see it on Jackson Craigslist
4474) Lynn&Dave(chuck wagon)6399 
hope michigan
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Hello All
Just a note to say Dave and I loved cooking for everyone on the blossom ride, we can't wait for June. Just wanted to let everyone know we will be on the trail everyday for both june rides. We will make supper for everyone interested on the 4th, great way to meet and greet everyone. We park beside the trail boss, so it is convenient for everyone to come chow down, and step next door for meeting. Our menu for that night is Dave's soon to be famous BBQ chicken breast with his already famous baked beans,potato salad for anyone not wanting the after effects of the beans. embarrassment the price is $6.50 Supper will be served at 5:30-7:00. Maybe during the day of and before everyone can stop by and say hello, and give me a yes or no for supper so I can get a head count.
First day lunch on trail is a koegel dog, or sloppy jo, or a sloppy dog, for between 2.50 and 4.00. Pops and water or orange juice is a 1.00.
Again thanks to everyone for the support on the blossom ride we enjoyed ourselves and getting to know everyone.
4473) Baltimore #1629 
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Big thanks to the superb farrier who came out to Luzerne camp for me on the Blossom Ride. Brent Wickham lives in the Fairview area and does excellent work at a reasonable price. Thanks, Brent!!!

Tracy #1674 Thursday, May 27, 2010 07:47 AM
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How was the mushroom picking on the the ride?

Wendy Kops #2630 Friday, May 28, 2010 09:22 AM
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A couple of years ago I was in a real bind on a ride b/c there was not a farrier on that particular ride. I was almost ready to give up and go home, but Brent came to my rescue! I still have his card in my trailer and will call him again if I need him. He was awesome. And he took time out of his evening to come rescue me!
4472) Chris #2252 
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Just a reminder that our fantastic cooks, Dave & Lynn, will be attending both June Rides. They have the best BBQ chicken and ribs ever!!!! Be sure to plan accordingly.
4471) Jane M #1824 
Centeral Michigan
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Looking for trust worthy Gaited trail horse
Will have a forever home to the right horse .
Just lost mine of 25 years . Can't pay much ,but will have the best of care . Must be least 15.2 +hands. And least 6 years old Thanks

Jane #1824 Wednesday, May 26, 2010 08:23 PM
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opps! e-mail address litacres@eztechinternet.com

Jane #1824 Tuesday, June 1, 2010 02:06 PM
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WE are still looking for a Gaited trail horse . I for got to mention it must be a Gelding

Bob Diroff #0082 Wednesday, June 2, 2010 04:56 AM
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Call Richard Flannery, home-231-331-4819, cell 231-564-2585
4470) Nancy 2083 
Holland, MI area
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(4470) Walk through door in third stall of previous Shadow Horse Trailer. Call phone # 269 751-8363 or cell # 616 890-0631 for more info or to ask for more pictures. We paid over $21,000 for this trailer. It is really well built and will last you for many years without rusting.
I hope everyone has a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend of riding.
Happy Trails to all. Nancy.
4469) Nancy 2083 
Holland, MI area
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(4469) Back of Shadow trailer from previous posts
4468) Nancy 2083 
Holland, MI area
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(4468) Awning side of THE Shadow HORSE Trailer in the previous post. I'll try to also put a picture of the back of the trailer on here next.
4467) Nancy 2083 
Holland, MI area
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Heavy duty tires and spare.
4466) Nancy 2083 
Holland area
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(4466) For Sale: 2 Brenda Imus comfort bits.
One is the normal bit most people buy and the other is the one for younger horses in training or to retrain an older horse. My horses really liked them, unfortunately, I lost both horses. I paid over $80 for each with tax and shipping. Will sell for $60 each. Both are in very good condition. Call 269 751-8363 and leave a message if I am not home. Thank you. Happy trails to all.

Nancy 2083 Wednesday, May 26, 2010 06:30 PM
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Both bits are sold. Thank you. big grin
4465) Debbie 
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Henry Miller Endurance Saddle...Excellent condition, custom made with texas stars and basketweave tooling. Comes with halter bridle, over the neck breast collar, crupper, tapaderos. Total retail over $1200.00. Medium tree, 19\" seat which compares to western 17.5\", suspended seat very comfortable.The leather quality and workmanship is above and beyond. Asking Firm 850.00 810-327-2403 Pictures can be sent via email to large to fit here
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ASKING $3200
4463) Kelly Green, 4689 
Shepherd, MI
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(4463) 2 Horse slant/BP Ponderosa Ranger II bought new in 2005. Used to haul horses twice. Plans changed when my horse was put down. 13’ x 6’ x 7’. Proto slope nose, 4’ crimped sides, spare wheel and tire, one piece back gate, mats, winter plexiglass, hayrack and ladder, 3500 lb axles, one beside camper door, left rear dome light and tack compartment light, removable 2 tree saddle rack, full chrome top. Stored inside. Very good condition. Asking $4,500.[img][/img]
4462) Lynda Theile 
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Gaited Pony 13.2HH and gaited mule 15HH for sale Call 231 854-3785
4461) Ron Wolfin #1619 
Owosso, MI
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AD PART 2 - Tried For Pix, But....
Middlebrook Horse Cart For Sale
Burgandy with white pinstripes. In \\\\\\\"Go down the road\\\\\\\" condition, some paint chips on shafts. Ready for parades, shows or pleasure driving. Asking: Cart $600, Harness $100.

Sleigh, 2 passenger, with frills. $400.

Call Jan Wolfin, 989-723-1425 and leave a message (my email & computer are giving me problems, so please call).
4460) Sharon Brazee #2201 
Cadillac, Mi
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Just returned from the Blossum Ride and have to report that our new 'chefs' Lyn and Dave are great people and excellent cooks. They will be on the June rides so come prepared for some excellent food.

Paula #1081 Monday, May 24, 2010 04:44 AM
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I agree ! Dave has a excellent barbeque sauce recipe. The bread pudding was delicious. The burgers were ground round. Good eating !

Janet Allen #1121 Tuesday, May 25, 2010 09:02 AM
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Chuck Wagon was excellent, food was beyond yummy and the company was fun to be with. A great way to get together and meet everyone!!! Bring your tray and be ready to chow! smile
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