Sensational!

Sep 7 2011

Global Endurance Training Center is proud to announce that as of last month, we are distributors of the Sensation Treeless Saddles.

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Christoph riding a Sensation Westlish saddle on his mare, Stars Aflame, at the National 100 Mile AERC Championship to a First Place Win and receiving the BC Award.

With so many treeless saddles on the market now, why did we choose to add the the Sensation Saddle line to our inventory?

You can count on the quality. Sensations are designed in Canada, and made in Canada. The materials are primarily North American, and all the leather comes from Canada or the USA. All saddles are made with quality leather designed to last you thousands of miles of comfort.

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The quality of the workmanship, the stitching seen here, is superb.

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Your Horse, of Course. Sensations are the only treeless saddle design to utilize a multi-point stirrup attachment. This means better weight distribution for your horse, particularly important when you’re riding long and hard. When your Sensation saddle is set up in the hard use or endurance attachments, you can count on having an even better weight distribution than a treed saddle. Taking the tree out of a saddle doesn’t make it a treeless saddle – thoughtful engineering and a redesigned weight distribution system allows it to be a true treeless saddle, and not just a bareback pad with stirrups.

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The stirrups can get hung precicly where you want them, you can adjust them to your personal needs and alignment.

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Here the G4 stirrup adjustment. You may use any of the three billets as stirrup hanger, the other two will serve for the girth.

Choices, Choices, Choices. Break traditions! Each Sensation Saddle is custom  made to suit your needs. Who says you can only ride in black and brown saddles? Who says you have to ride English or Western? You can choose the components you like best and combine them to create your perfect saddle. Be flashy, go with Hot Pink if that’s what you like. Every horse and rider is different and Sensation offers a wide variety of options in Leather, Seat Size, Flap shape, cantle and pommel sizes, rigging adjustments, etc. We want to ensure you have the best saddle to suit YOUR needs, and almost anything is possible.

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Here the Sensation Westlish Rebel saddle on Baloo Bit O Honey,  customized red seat and knee rolls. The leather is so soft, that Christoph is able to ride 50 miles in shorts on it without getting any rubbing on his legs.

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The Sensation Harmony Element saddly, with customized fleece seat.

Complete Comfort and connection. The Sensation Ride saddles have been ergonomically designed to permit the rider a close contact, balanced (yet customizable) seat using medical grade foams, high grade custom felts, wool and leather.  These same materials allow air flow through the saddle’s layers; breathability is important to the comfort of you and your horse, and we believe that neoprene and rubbers just don’t perform in a way that permits exhaustion of heat and moisture.  The Sensation saddles will mould to you and your horse. No hard parts in our saddles! The saddle will form fit to you like a fine new leather shoe.

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G4 Westlish Rebel Sensation saddle fits horse and rider: riding in synergy. (Christoph on Stars Aflame)

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Uphill during the championship race

Did you know that..

Sensation Ride saddles have the best weight distribution system in the treeless saddle world? This is important for keeping the rider’s weight from being concentrated over a small area at any time during the rider’s position.

Sensation Ride saddle owners are using their saddles for: Assisted riding therapy, endurance, dressage, back country treks, jumping, hunting, competitive trail, gaited riding, starting youngsters, reining, gymkhana & more!

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The Sensation G4 Western Sport Trail saddle. All Sensation saddles are equipped with the pommel strap for easy one hand carrying. Useful as well for attaching essential gear. Or mayby holding onto occasionally when riding a bronc.

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The same model mounted on Stars Aflame

Global Endurance Training Center has now the following Sensation saddles in stock:

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15.5 inch G3 Hybrid

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16 inch G4 Western Trail, displayed here with HAF pad

Both saddles are available right now. For a complete saddle line up and for ordering and customizing your Sensation saddle, contact us at Global Endurance Training Center:

Tel 435 719 4033  or

Email: info@globalendurance.com.

On average, it will take about 6 weeks after ordering your saddle before you can ride and enjoy it.

Global Endurance Center also distributes Freeform saddles and Specialized saddles. Specialized saddles are treed saddles that can get fine tuned to the horses back through a system of foam wedges. More info available through our website as well.

GETC offers this variety of saddles, treeless and with tree, to cover any saddle needs you might have, so you and your horse can ride in total comfort.

We provide ongoing consultation and advice to find the right saddle for you and your horse.

Enjoy the Ride!

Working together

Jul 27 2011

Moab, a resort town in southeastern Utah is well known worldwide for its National Parks, (Arches and Canyonlands), the stunning red rock sand stone formations with natural bridges and arches, its famous white water on the Colorado, like Cataract Canyon and Westwater, the classical western movies filmed here in the 50ies and 60ies and lately for the vast trail system of mountain bike trails. The famous slick rock trail is known among mountain bikers everywhere. No other state has more public trails than the state of Utah and a very large amount of these public trails are within the greater Moab area.

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Professor Valley, Moab.

Moab got its name from the ancient land east of the Dead Sea. Nowadays within the state of Jordan. This area also displays red sand stone rock formations, canyons and deserts.

The original Moab


Global Endurance Training Center  opened this training facility in this area not only because of its stunning scenery, but also because of that vast trail system, ideal for conditionning endurance horses.

Trails are ever diminishing in the USA. Therefore AERC has an active trails committee, trails advocate are working hard to keep equestrian trails open. But horse people are not an island. Trails users of all kind need to work together to keep trails open and create new ones for hikers, runners, bikers, horse riders and, yes, for motorized travelers as well. Trails get closed for motor bikes first, then mountain bikes, then horses, then foot travel. We all loose. Don't kidd yourself, a trail closed for motorbikes is a loss for the horse riders as well.

Endurance riders/racers in particular, need more trails than many other trail users. We do have the most at stake. At Global Endurance Center we see the dangers and we are doing everything we can to work on trail issues locally.

 

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The trails within the Moab area attract many people with a multitude of transportation means and tools. Where there are multi use trails, there are inevitably conflicts.

Being proactive, the county community created a unique Committee, Trail Mix, a group of interested trail users and advocates, who meets monthly to discuss trail usage, maintenance, problems, new trail proposals. This group consists of trail advocates for:

-Hikers/runners

-Skiers

-Mountain bikers

-Road bikers

-Equestrians, endurance riders and Backcountry Horsemen

Representatives of BLM, National Forest Service, National Park Service and Motorized Trail Users are joining these meetings to work together for the benefit of trails and trail users.

 

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Example of a motorized trail user.

Global Endurance Training Center has for many years supported Trail Mix and Christoph is a committee member representing all equestrian activities.

TrailMix of Grand County, Utah, could be a model  for the national trail problems we are encountering across the country. Here in Grand County, we are not only keeping trails open, we are constantly planning new trails,opening new trails, mapping  and maintaining them. Every year, we are increasing the vast network of trails. Equestrians alone could not do it, only the joint effort of all trail users is getting these results.

 

Trail Mix mission statement

Here is just one example of maps, here for mountain bikers and motorized travel:

 

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The key is to work together, to learn and understand each others desires and needs. Because of TrailMix, all trail users work together in harmony and respect each other on the trails.

At GETC, we ride and train horses every day of the week. We cover hundreds of miles on our horses. I cannot even remember the last time we had a trail conflict with a biker or motorbike, it just doesn't happen anymore.

 

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Happy trail users: Dian and Starlit Way

 

Trail conflicts do not need to happen. We are all in the same boat: diminishing trails everywhere.

Let's work together to stop that and create more trails. TrailMix can be a national example for cooperation.

Mountain Bikers

 

  
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Contact us if you want more info on TrailMix or trail cooperation.

 

info@globalendurance.com

 

 

Upcoming Hoof Care Clinic in Idaho

May 2 2011

Global Endurance Training Center is inviting for a special seminar on May 25th 2011. 

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A one day hoof care clinic will be organized and conducted by the staff of GETC. This clinic is scheduled to be in timely proximity to the upcoming Fandango 3 day ride in Oreana, Idaho. Interested riders and hoof trimmers can thus attend both events in one trip. Details and sign up forms  at Download Global Endurance Training Center presents

 

This clinic will cover in detail the anatomy of the horses lower limbs and will discuss various hoof trimming techniques.

 

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Conformation and hoof growth – how do they relate to each other?


The following weekend, attend the Owyhee Fandango 3 day Pioneer ride, organized and managed by Steph Teeter. The Fandango ride has been a long time favorite among riders not only of the USA and Canada, but also from South America and Europe.  This year again, there will be a 3 day Pioneer ride as well as a 80 and 100 mile ride.

 Thursday morning, one day before the ride and one day after the Eagle Hoof Care clinic, starting at 9am, a demonstration of EasyCare hoofboot  and a Equiflex horseshoe application will be conducted by Christoph Schork from GETC.

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 Christoph and Huf coach clinic participants in Germany last March, displaying freshly glued EasyCare boots.


Furthermore, Friday and Saturday, from 4 pm to 5 pm, Christoph Schork and Dian Woodward will be available to answer specific questions from hoof trimmers and riders during this free Q&A hour.

 Friday evening Vettec, Inc with Vettec Hoof Care Products will sponsor a wine and cheese party at the Fandango base camp. All riders and participants of the clinics are invited.

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A long weekend, filled with educational and riding opportunities, where the fun and learning part stands in the foreground. Join us for a memorable experience.

 

 

For further info and sign up, contact GETC at info@globalendurance.com

Endurance/Hoof Care Clinic in Canada

May 2 2011

During the Easter weekend,  Christoph Schork from Global Endurance Training Center travelled to Kelowna, Canada on invitation of the Endurance Riders Association of British Columbia, to conduct a combo endurance/hoofcare seminar. The clinic was very well attended with over 40 riders and Christoph provided two full days of instruction. The first day was spent indoors and covered topics of training and conditioning endurance horses, cross training, nutrition, electrolyte supplementation and horse anatomy with emphasis on lower legs and hooves.

 

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During the indoor PP presentation, Christoph explains the benefits of cross training.

 

The second day was almost entirely spent outdoors. The weather was just beautiful during this Easter weekend.  The regional TV station came to film the event.

 

Below, Michael Peterson, DVM, explains the procedure of a vet check to the film crew.

 

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Christoph continued with explaining and demonstrating various hoof trimming techniques.

 

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This was followed by discussion and a demonstration on gluing hoofboots. Dana Johnson provided one of her horses for this demonstration.

 

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Four new Easyboot Glue ons on this horse.

 

The day concluded with a saddle fitting session. During this segment, Dana Johnsen from Nickers Saddlery, LTD contributed her knowledge to this part of a very successful clinic.

 

A big THANK YOU goes out to Katrin Leverman and Cory Anthony, who did an outstanding job organizing this event. They promised to continue next year with more educational clinics.  I certainly would be delighted to go back to this great group of endurance riders.

Cory Anthony, by the way, will enter his first endurance ride ever at the upcoming Rock Creek 50 middle of may. 6 months ago he had not even ridden a horse and weight in at 280lbs.  After loosing over 70 lbs so far and training and riding every day, he feels he is ready. 

We all wish him a great and successful ride. Way to go, Anthony. Watch him on Youtube.

Tips and Tricks: Teaching tailing

Apr 1 2011

 

Mountain rides are mostly fun rides for horse and rider. Horses can use their muscles in various ways and perform therefore overall better than on rides that are only over flat ground. Riding steep uphills certainly require a higher energy output and horses tire faster on sustained uphills. The rider can help his horse a lot by dismounting and walking or running with the horse. 

At the Global Endurance Training Center we teach tailing in our endurance clinics. Tailing helps horses to conserve energy and helps the rider to stay in shape. So everybody wins!

When you tail, you are pulling on a horse with about 10 to 15 lbs. That small amount of pull allows the runner to double the cadence of the footfall. You will run twice as fast compared to running next to your horse without tailing. For the horse, the difference between carrying the weight of the rider and a little pull on the tail is huge in energy conservation. 

Now, where do you start?

First, you need a rope with a clip on one end and a loop on the other. The rope can be a 5 mm climbing rope and should be the length of your horse with extended tail. The clip goes to the ring on your halter. If the lead line is too long, it might tangle between the front legs of your horse. 

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Clip onto the headstall ring.

 

While riding, you can hook the lead line with a carabiner onto the saddle to get it out of the way.

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Blue arrow shows the loop at the other end of the lead line, the green arrow points points to a ring you can add to the middle of  your lead line so you can shorten it while riding. Ride and Tie people often use that set up.

 

There are some horses, that get the idea of tailing right away. You grab their tail, they turn the head, contemplate for a couple seconds and off they go. Others require a little more training. 

First, at home, grab and pull on your horses tail as often as possible. Then it won't be a surprise to them when you actually start tailing. Pulling on horses tails also helps them to stretch their backs and align their spine. Most horses enjoy this. After some preparatory tail pulling,  we go for our first actual training, tailing  on the trail.

A horse new to tailing is best trained with a rider on the back. The rider keeps the horse going forward, the runner just grabs the tail.

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Here is a little video clip on how this works:

 

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Another possibility: have a rider pony your horse while tailing. That way the horse won't be able to turn around on you and is learning to go straight ahead. It is important for the horse to understand to keep on trucking, as soon as you grab onto the tail.

 

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Here an action clip of that method: 

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Keep in mind that these methods are for teaching and training only. You may not use this tecnique during an actual endurance ride, it is against the rules to  have another rider hold onto your horse while you tail or you tailing off another riders horse.

A few key points to remember:

 

1. Never tail without a leadline. Horses can accelerate quickly, you might stumble and fall and your horse is gone. If you have a very strong horse that is hard to check, you can hook your leadline to the bit or the reins.

2. Make sure you can see the trail on the side of the horse to minimize your own stumbling.

3. Keep your tailing arm fairly straight, it conserves your energy. You can  slightly lean backwards.

4. Loop the tail around your hand, that way you use your upper arm instead of your lower arm. Most of us, unless we are rock climbers, have more strength in biceps and triceps than in the  lower arm.

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Take note of the looped tail, the straight arms and the leaning back.

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Close up shot of hand positionning.

Often heard question: Do horses kick while tailing?

I have tailed on probably over a hundred different horses, with proper preparation, none ever tried to kick me. That doesn't mean it cannot happen. Always watch the horses ears and body language. If in doubt, let go of the tail and turn your horse towards you with the leadline. Then practice more at home by grabbing and pulling on their tails.

While tailing during a race or ride, initially it helps your horse if another horse is leading the way. Have another rider go ahead of you up the hill, your horse will have more motivation to follow.

Happy Tailing!!

Christoph

Hypozin finally arrives in the USA

Feb 14 2011

 

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In some areas of the country temperatures are warming a little and ground can thaw during the day. Spring will come sooner or later to most of us and that means more moisture in the soil, more mud and wetness that can provide perfect breeding ground for bacterias and fungus  and therefore inevitably also in the  grooves and sulcrus of the hooves of our horses. And together with the bacterias comes the thrush!

What is thrush exactly?

 It's a bacterium that survives without the presence of oxygen, thrives in moisture and will eat your horse's frog. It can  almost always be prevented with daily hygiene habits when taking care of your horse. It is common in the spring, or anywhere there is a moist climate or moisture in the ground. It is also found in horses hooves that have unclean areas to stand in, like dirty stables or corrals with lots of muck.

Generally speaking, thrush is not deadly, but there have been times in the past where a horse has had to be put down due to the condition getting out of hand. Studies suggest that in minor cases, it takes about three days for thrush to arrive and have visible symptoms, and about three days to get rid of it with proper measures and treatment.

The frog in your horse's foot has two layers, the external skin called "horn tissue" and the vascular layer underneath. Beneath the inner, sensitive layers lies a pad-like "shock absorber" that reduces the impact for your horse's hoof and limb. This is called the deep digital cushion.

If thrush shows up, you will see a black, puss-like discharge with a strange odor. The bacteria are actually attracted to the tissue that exists on the frog. If it goes on too long, it will form "pockets" that drill into the frog and eat away at the remaining healthy tissue. In a serious case, it is not uncommon to see bleeding as well. If this happens, you need to move your horse into a clean, dry and sanitary area and use an antiseptic foot wash with a betadine solution or a foot soak with warm Epsom salt water. After that, it is essential that the hoof and frog be treated with Hypozin to heal and prevent further occurrence.

 

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Extreme case of thrush. The hoof is damage all the way into the digital cushion.

Prevention
Besides keeping horse stables and surroundings clean to help in preventing horse thrush, Hypozin can also be used to prevent thrush. When the frog becomes softer than usual, apply a thin layer of Hypozin.

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After the easy application of Hypozin, the horse can either be left barefoot, shod with various hoof shoes or booted up with Easycare Gloves or Easycare Glue ons. While the horse is booted, the Hypozin can work even better to kill the thrush bacterias.

 

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Here is a video on how to apply Hypozin:

 

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At Global Endurance Training Center we test products so you do not have to. We only recommend and offer products in our online store that were thoroughly tested, proven and used successfully on our own horses all year long.

Hypozin is being produced by Multicore in the Netherlands. GETC is the exclusive importer and distributor for Hypozin within the USA. 

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Hypozin – because it works.

Now available at an bargain introductory price at GETC online store

 

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Not all Salt is created equal, Salt is not Salt

Dec 12 2010

Salt is vital for for the survival of all mammals, without it muscles do not function and life will cease to exist. Salt regulates the water content inside cells and it detoxifies the body. Salt is essential for nerve impulse transmissions and proper heart function.

Salt is mainly composed of Sodium and Chloride. Both play a major part in proper blood ph level, balanced stomach acids to digest food and also bone density. Half of the sodium in the body is stored within the bones.

Salt is found in the sea, in the ground and in mines. As soon as it is extracted, it is chemically cleaned and often exposed to temperatures of 1200 F and more, a process that destroys just about all trace minerals and nutrients. Industrially treated table salt is reduced to just Sodium and Chloride, while natural Salt found in the ground and the sea contains up to 90 additional crucial nutrients and chemical elements, which make a huge difference in all our lives.

Horses consume about 1 to 2 oz of Salt a day, in hotter climates and/or while exercising, the demand goes up to 6 or 7 oz of Salt. While sweating, horses do not only loose sodium and chloride, but also a large amount of minerals.  Without all the important trace minerals, their bodies are lacking substantial chemical elements and mineral nutrients. Our horses are thus being compromised in their health and their performance.

Allowing the horses to replenish only sodium and chloride on form of commercial salt blocks and through administering commercial  electrolyte mixtures, is simply not enough.

Luckily, there are alternatives to the widely available salt blocks:

Mined 300 feet below the earth’s surface from an ancient mineral deposit in central Utah, Redmond Rock is a natural sea salt containing more than 60 trace minerals. In comparison to other pressed mineral blocks available on the market, Redmond Rock offers a full array of minerals with a natural shape and taste that horses love. Redmond Rock is an excellent source of essential minerals and sea salt-vital components missing from many natural forages.

 

At Global Endurance Training Center, we are testing products all year around. From tack, saddles, hoof protection, nutrition, supplements, we are testing and then only using the best products for our horses. That's one of the reasons our horses are performing so well year after year. Once we have tested the products over and over and seen first hand positive results, we then consider offering these products for sale in our online store. We do not sell any products we do not believe in, have not tested ourselves and are not using ourselves.

Often, we are not satiesfied only with our judgement, but we are asking our horses as well. In the case of REDMOND SALT LICKS, we allowed our horses to have a say. We already knew from their performance improvement, their shinier haircoat, their healthier appetite and their improvement in hoof health that Redmond salt licks are better for them. Would the horses agree and also prefer the Redmond Salt Licks over regular salt blocks?

 

We put regular salt licks and Redmond salt licks side by side in a feeder and allowed a herd of 10 horses to choose. We watched for a while:

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We watched for over an hour. 9 out of 10 horses prefered the Redmond salt licks.

The Salt licks come in 7 to 10 lb blocks, but for easier use and to mix it in the feed, it is also available as loose salt.

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Daily Red™

Redmond Daily Red is a granular form of our Redmond Rock designed for horses that prefer receiving their supplements in their daily feed ration. Daily Red provides all the natural trace minerals and electrolytes found in Redmond Rock and is perfect for your horse’s diet during periods of hard work or activity when good hydration is critical. Some horses like their mineral licks too much and will chew or bite free choice mineral salt.

Daily Red brand natural minerals provide a perfect amount and totally natural blend of essential trace minerals and electrolytes your horse needs to live a more healthy, balanced life just as nature intended. Just like Redmond Rock, Daily Red is a natural mineral sea salt harvested from deep within the earth in Southern Utah. Daily Red contains more than 60 beneficial trace minerals.

 

Daily Red Plus has additional healing clay added to reduce stomach acid and combat ulcers. We like the results we have been seeing. 

Visit our product page for acquiring  Redmond salt licks and Daily Red. A healthy Christmas gift for our 4 legged friends and companions.

 

Redmond salt is also available for human consumption. It has the same benefits for our bodies as it does for our horses. More info can be found on the REDMOND website.

 

For GETC

 

Christoph Schork

 

 

Whatever it takes….

Dec 2 2010

Such is life: not all goals are always met, there are set backs, disappointments among the happy and bright days. At the Global Endurance Training Center we have experienced the ups and downs of competition, we understand success and failure and the emotions that come with it.

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Double Zell at Moab Canyon ride, Vetcheck Day 2

 

As the 2010 endurance riding season comes to an end, time to reflect and take inventory. What went well, what went wrong, were the set goals realistic and were they achieved? What improvements can we all make for the new riding season?

 

GETC has been conducting endurance clinics now for almost 10 years. We have helped beginning endurance riders finish their first endurance ride and we have coached intermediate and advanced riders so they can better themselves and excel.

 

Our clinic topics include horsemanship, training and conditioning of horses, dressage and cross training, equestrian seat improvement and balanced riding, tactics, pacing and gait changes on the trail, conformation analysis, saddle fit and tack selection, newest research findings on nutrition, supplements and electrolytes,  hoof care and hoof protection, just to name a few of the topics we are covering.

 

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 GE Trinity awaiting conformation evaluation

 

Now is the time to plan the new riding season. What's required?

 

-Goal

-Intent

-Determination

-Focus

-Discipline

-Evaluation

 

The goal has to be realistic and achievable. Unreasonable high expectations are demotivators, they set you up for failure.

 The intent has to be clear. There should be no doubt in your mind that the goal will be achieved.

You need determination, follow a straight line in your execution, no wavering.

Focus on the task at hand at any given time. Don't allow unimportant issues or problems that you cannot solve in this instant anyway to distract you.

 Instill in yourself the discipline necessary. Success requires sacrifices of one kind or another. There are no shortcuts, there is no free lunch.

And finally, stand back periodically and evaluate your progresss and the direction you are going.

To achieve this, mentors and coaches are required and an absolut necessity. Without a coach, without instruction and lessons, without that objective pair of eyes, we all too easily can err and veer off our road to success.

 

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A huge factor in success is the horse/rider partnership. The foundation for the partnership is the love for movement, love for the sport and love for the competition. Without it, we are standing on hollow ground.

To build upon that solid ground, we need a clear picture in our mind about the desired outcome. Whether that is a simple side step in the arena, a collection exercise, a cavaletti or log jump, a creek crossing, a lead change while cantering, whatever, first we have to know what we want, the goal, then the intent, determination and focus to accomplish the task. There must never be any doubt in our mind about the desired outcome and that we are going to succeed with our task.
Horses will then, and only then,trust us, follow us, work with us in partnership.

 

In the 1920ies there was a famous horse, named Hans, who could solve the most difficult math problems, divisions, multiplications, roots you name it, Hans never failed. He pawed the exact answers every time. He was so famous that he travelled the world, performing at shows and circus.

Doubters questioned his smartness, accused the owner of giving Hans cues for stopping the pawing when the correct answer was met. They were given  their chance, standing stiff like a rock when asking Hans mathematical questions. Hans knew math, no doubt.

Then someone suggested to have a child give Hans a math problem. Hans failed and kept on striking the ground with his hoof even after the correct number had come up and passed. What happened?

The child did not know the answer. 

Hans had no math skills, he could not even add one and one. But he was a keen observer and extremely good at reading body language. Even the doubters, standing motionless and stiff, who wanted to prove him wrong, gave cues, imperceptible for humans to see, but noticeable to Hans when the proper number was met and the math problem solved. 

What does that story tell us?

Body language is the result of our thoughts. Horses can read our body language, therefore they can read our thoughts and respond to them accordingly.

That's why the clear intent in our mind when riding is of utmost importance. We can achieve more with our horses and achieve it faster when we know what we want and follow through with it.

 

Next time you are working with your horse, remember Hans. Ride with intent. If it doesn't work right away, try again and again and again. Whatever it takes. Never give up. Then your training will have great results.

 

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Riding with intent: GETC staff with clinic participants

 

Photo credit: Mary Kenez

 

Christoph Schork

Global Endurance Training Center 

October Hoof Care Clinic at GETC

Oct 4 2010

Global Endurance Training Center is offering a Hoof Care Clinic October 23rd and 24th of 2010 in Moab, Utah.

This is a hands on clinic. You will learn how to safely trim your horses hooves under guidance and supervision of your coach and clinician. You will be provided with real horses to evaluate and trim. You will see real hoof problems, learn how to evaluate them and how to correct them.

All necessary tools will be available for you.

The topics of the clinic will include:

-Hoof Care for soundness

-Horse conformation and effects on hoof development

-Horse training and handling for safe trimming

-Proper body positions

-Tool selection, handling, care and usage

-Barefoot trims and natural hoof trimming

-Diagnosis for lameness and hoof problems

-Hoof protection applications- from shoes to hoof boots, pads, Gloves and glue on applications

-Newest developments in hoof protection

 

Your instructor and coach is Christoph Schork.

Christoph has studied hoof care and hoof trimming for over 20 years. He trims hooves on a daily basis and works as barefoot trimmer and farrier. He has experience with steel shoes, aluminum and plastic shoes as well as all kind of hoof boots.

 

Dates and time of clinic:  Oct 23 and 24, from 9 pm to 5 pm. Lunch break from noon to 1 pm.

Clinic Location: GETC at 4381 Heather Lane, Moab, Utah, 84532

Investment cost:       $ 365.00

Application and Payment deadline: Oct 18th

The clinic is limited to 6 participants maximum.

Lunch will be provided both days.  Saturday evening, Q&A session at campfire with dinner.

 

For sign up and questions, contact Christoph at:

email: info@globalendurance.com

cell:    435 260 1494

 

 

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Christoph using a hoof gauge to check hoof angles.

 

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Are there any issues with this hoof? Can you identify hoof problems? Any trimming problems?

How would you judge that trim? What could or should have been done differently?

 

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What are the causes for this problem? What can we do about it?

 

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Usage of a power tool for trimming

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Christoph explaining hoof boots at a clinic in Idaho

 

You are invited to join us at GETC for this unique learning experience.

Celebration and Reflection

Sep 21 2010

The 200th endurance win of Christoph at last weekends Las Cienegas 100 mile ride was certainly a landmark and world record. No other rider has ever crossed that threshold. It was reached on Stars Aflame, competing in her third season now. Last year she was highest finishing USA horse at the Kentucky Cup. This year, she was among the final 25 horses selected for a spot on the USA Endurance Team for the WEG. She ended up not being selected, which allowed her to return to the AERC competitions for the remainder of the year. This was her first 100 mile win. Christoph was glad for being able  to work with her in partnership during this race.

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Stars Aflame enjoying running at liberty after her 100 mile win.

Focus, constant learning, commitment and dedication to the sport certainly paid off for Global Endurance Training Center with this accomplishment. This is a time to not only celebrate and bask a little in the sunshine, but also to give Thanks to our horses and their willingness to work with us in partnership. Without their commitment, eagerness and spirit, we would not have achieved these goals.

We are lucky to have such a great family of performance horses at GETC. Christoph has roughly 400 completions. Half of them, 50% are first place finishes. During the endurance careers of Christoph and Dian, GETC horses have accumulated over 135 BCs. (Christoph and Dian have over 100 combined BCs alone). If you think about it, of roughly 700 completions of our horses, there is a 20% chance of a Global Endurance horse receiving BC.

Kevin Myers, Marketing Director of EasyCare, Inc, interviewed Christoph yesterday. His Press release can be viewed at EasyCare's Blog: http://blog.easycareinc.com/blog/easycare.

EasyCare has been instrumental in the success of Christoph, Dian and all the GETC riders. The new EasyCare Glue-on boots and Gloves are helping our horses tremendously in their performance. Many times we have written about the ease of application, the light weight of the boots, their sole protection. These new boots are unprecedented in the hoof care market. Nothing will ever be the same from here on out. Hoof protection companies have to step up to the plate. The bar has been raised substantially by EasyCare.

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Stars Aflame and Christoph at the National Championship in 2009 in California

We are celebrating, but not too long. What's next on the agenda?

Christoph, Dian and Zach Rabow will be traveling within a few days to the 5 day Owyhee Canyonlands Ride in Oreana Idaho. The ride days are Sept 28th through Oct 2nd. GETC is one of the sponsors of the ride. These are the contributions of Global Endurance Training Center:

From the Endurance.net website:

"Global Endurance Center:
Donating awards, and offering a few special prizes: 1 free hoof trim (all 4), and a 4 hour riding clinic. There will be a drawing from Day 1 ride entries for the trim, and a drawing for the clinic on Day 5.
Plus GEC will hold a free Question and Answer hour (from 5 to 6 pm – changes will be posted) each afternoon of the first 4 days. Anybody can go to the GEC trailer with or without horses and pick Christoph and Diane's brains regarding any issues: training, conditioning, saddle fitting, nutrition, FEI, hoof trimming, shoeing and protective boot application".

Visit www.endurance.net for further details. We would all love to see you there.

After this 5 day ride, Global Endurance Training Center will be conducting a hands on Hoof Care clinic at the Moab facility. This will be a two day hoof trimming seminar. Horses and all tools for the participants will be provided. Entries will be limited. Details are forthcoming in our next Blog after the Oreana event.

Success through Learning! Our Motto has been validated again.

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Our horses in Mongolia enjoying pasture after a long day traveling. Altai Mountains, 2009 

 

Christoph Schork, GETC Staff member