North American Record

MONK sets North American Record for the 160km (100 miles) in 6 hours and 53 minutes...

Thursday, June 6, 2013

360 Equine LLC is born

Been a long time since writing anything down.  long story short, and I may of covered some of, this in previous posts, but sorry to say I don't go back and read them.

So here goes:  Monk tore a left front suspensory back in 2012 at the Texas trials for a WEG in England.  They had a 1/4 mile of boggy trail that you had to use 10 times, and we are guessing that a rear end slip was the cause of the injury, but who knows.  He was lame and was pulled, thinking it was a right hind.

A few days after the trials I took Monk to UC Davis in Ca.  He was not lame, they pocked and prodded and even did a acupuncture session.  We did a ultrasound as a part of the examination and found a tear mid suspensory on left front.

Lots of options for treatment, we did them ALL...

PRP, platelet rich plasma injections
Stem cell harvesting and treatments

Plus lots of walking, and that is done from day ONE, 30 min a day, with gradual increase.

Part of the problem with the equine lower leg is that there is not much circulation.  More circulation means faster healing.  Besides the walking you can use laser and ultrasound.  I bought both and treated MONK at least once a day and sometimes twice.

We hand walked for the first few weeks and then switched to the quad..  I have a 1/10 mile track around the backyard, so round and round we went.

Monk went back to UC Davis for regular visits, for treatments and progress reports on the healing process.

As we walked and walked I started thinking about the large panel driving walkers.  I decided I would make my own, but instead of using corral panels I would use a light weight electrified panels to confine.  I started out with a small trailer, put some leveling feet on it, bought and tore down a treadmill and used the motor and controller.  After a month or so I had a working model, I only enclosed one of the six panels and started walking Monk it daily.  I set my iPhone up on the deck and aimed at the RDR (round d round) and watched him walk on the ipad, while I sat in my easy chair, RDR he went.

Here are some pictures of our last trip to UC Davis.  My granddaughters got to go with, the older one, Marin was the designated photographer so no pictures of her.  Macy is the groom for today's adventure.

Macy standing on trailer fender, making MONK pretty for the  Doctor.

She makes my heart sing......

The vet pulled off one of MONK's chestnuts, it was way cool for one, and gross for the other.

Just say NO to drugs....

All done...

I think this was the 3rd time she put him on the scale....  it reads it KG..
Grandpa in paying the bill, again.......

So, MONK has been busy getting all healed up.  He works multiple hours in the RDR and gets lightly ridden a couple of times a week.  My plan is for him to spend another 30 days in the RDR and then back to Davis for a ALL CLEAR check and then gradually back to some real conditioning.  We are still looking forward to the WEG trails if MONK is up for it, but we won't know about that for some time.

I have to say, that this adventure with MONK, both the good and the bad have been a great adventure.  What really came to mind was that when different things in your life cause you to choose to take one path or another it you usually do not notice or remember why that decision was made.  With the MONK adventures it always seems to be a very distinct.  This injury and the rehab process has brought me on another adventure with a new company we formed named 360 Equine LLC,

I will start another blog for 360 Equine LLC with lots of pictures of the newest models.  This all started because of MONK's injury.  Website will be, email is, we also have a toll free number 888-858-4174 or text to 530-613-5324

The 360 Equine equine exercisers will be trailer or ground mounted, and size will range from 45' and up.  Custom builds will be possible.  We have our own CNC Plasma so we can do custom ranch Logo's and paint schemes.  Controls and programs will be state of the art and custom programs will be available.  We are currently playing with controlling the unit from your Ipad or Android while watching live video.  We will have live video available soon of working horses.

Prices will start at $7995.00 excluding shipping and tax.

Onto our next adventure..

Saturday, September 29, 2012

WEG 2014

Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Normandy 2014
August 24 - September 7, 2014
Caen, France

In 2014, Normandy will host the seventh edition of the FEI World Equestrian Games which will officially be known as the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Normandy 2014. This joint signing between Alltech and the Normandy 2014 Organizing Committee represents a historic partnership in the world of equestrian sports with a commitment from Alltech to the value of €10 million.
“Alltech is proud to continue our partnership with the World Equestrian Games,” said Alltech President and Founder Dr. Pearse Lyons. “These world championships of equestrian sport epitomize the values that we applaud: passion, excellence and performance. When the eyes of the world tune in to watch the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, we will be there. Alltech’s sponsorship of equestrian sport brings the brand to life and creates value for our partners, generating strong ties with the end consumer of our products at moments of great passion. France and Normandy in particular, with its worldwide reputation of excellence in horse breeding, is a strategic location for our company. Alltech has a longstanding history of serving the agricultural community in France, and we are thrilled to support the event in Normandy and to share in the pride of this spectacular event. Given the inherent passion the people of Normandy have for the horse, we hope to leverage this sponsorship to support the communities in which we live and work."
The new brand and vision for the Alltech® FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 was launched in the host city of Caen to celebrate the 1,000 day countdown.
The new brand is based on the bond between man and horse – the respectful relationship - and includes an apple blossom pattern, one of the region’s most recognised agricultural symbols, and the word 'Normandy' – the host region of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

"The Perfect ride" Almost

WEC Texas 2012

Hard to get excited about spending 5K and driving for four thousand miles to go to a ride.  But this ride is very special.  It is a ride where all the very best horses in the USA will be to via for a spot on the USA team to compete for a medal at the World Endurance Championship in the UK in August of this year.

About 50 cents cheaper fuel then CA...
Took me a least a whole week to pack the trailer to get ready to go.  Had some work done on the truck and got new batteries for the trailer, new air compressor to keep all of the tires properly inflated.  MONK and I hit the road on Thursday for the Saturday ride of the next week.  My plan was to drive about 8 hours a day doing 500 miles each day.  I tried to plan out places to stop but that never seems to work for me, especially if you are working on the 500 miles each day.  On the 2nd day of our travel "boom", flat tire, right rear on the trailer, luckily there was a place to pull over.  Ten minutes later we were back on the road, but pulled my back out a little putting the tire into the back of the truck.  Luckily it did not not hurt while I was driving.  On the third day I felt a little "something" and checked my mirrors. Left rear trailer tire appeared to have smoke coming off it.., I pulled over and got out.  All tires looked good.  Got back in the truck and took off again, again, smoke coming off the left rear trailer tire.  The third time I figured out what was going on.  The 25' electrical cord from the trailer had snaked it's way out of it's hiding place, got caught under the trailer tire which caused it to break, when it broke it whipped up and caught the knife valve on the sewage holding tank and broke it off causing the sewage to spill all over the highway appearing to be smoke.....  A long screwdriver pushed into the place where the handle used to be closed the knife valve and shut off the valve.

Seem like as soon as I had driven my 500 miles and we were full of fuel we found a super place to park for the night.  First night was in a real nice rest stop, had some green grass, very private and a few other people in motor home's parked.  The second night was at a fuel stop in New Mexico, we pulled way to the back of the dirt lot and parked.  I did not realize that we were at probably 7000 feet and that it get pretty cold at that elevation.  MONK did have a blanket on, but not his warm one.  When I got up in the morning I noticed that MONK was very much awake and looking at something near the fence line.  At first I could not see anything, I went to get his lead rope that I had looped through one of the loops on the side of the trailer, it was frozen solid.  I did manage to get to out and went to get MONK off of the high tie, he was still looking at something.  I looked in that direction and observed a person laying in the weeds not more then 50 yards from us.  I could see movement so knew they were not dead, I went and did a walk and some circles with MONK and observed that the person was a female with a dog.  She sat up and and started moving around. 
MONK enjoying the green grass in East Texas.
We were on the road soon after but my thoughts were with that person sleeping in the weeds in freezing weather for hours and hours, wondering what there life must be like.

No better way to appreciate YOUR life then to travel across the USA and see how other less fortunate people are living.  Actually I love to drive, gives a person lots of time to think.  We arrived at Ridecamp late Sunday, after some time finally found a place to park for the night until I found someone that knew what was going on.  I was the second rig to show up, the other person was from Utah.  The mileage to the camp was almost 2000 miles on the money.  Next day we got to do a little exploring but not on the race trail..  Basically had maybe 100 acres that we was a hay field that we could ride around.  I found a nice stretch of maybe 1/4 mile where we could do some work.  MONK was feeling great and loved the short works, I think that longest we did was 8 miles.

 Lindsay showed up late Thursday night.  Friday morning we did a tack check and Lindsay took MONK out for a short work in the hay field.

While exploring a out buildings near us I found a outdoor freezer that was working.  Lindsay and I went to Wal Mart which was right across the street and purchased some cases of cheap water and put the whole case into the freezer to freeze so we could through the whole case into our water buckets later in the day to cool the water.
 We got to crew right from the trailer, which was a treat, did not have to haul everything to any out vet checks. MONK gets a variety of food so he can have his choice during the ride.  After he makes his choice he is hand fed most of the time.

 Lindsay and MONK headed for the inspection, MONK's passport in hand.

 Jeremy Reynolds checks MONK's feet and puts on his race boots.  Notice his one legged stool and his position that he gets into under MONK.

"The Race"

Soon to be full of trailers, this is the rig parking...  Notice how close the train in is in the background.
Preparation for this ride had begun months ago, the Abu Dhabi 160km ride was ridden with this WEC event in mind.  We decided that the Presidents Cup would be a perfect tune up for MONK, it was a very easy ride for him with a pretty easy pace.  Strategy for a ride like this is kinda hard to put on paper, our goal was to at least top ten and top five if we could do it easily.  We did not want to run up front and get MONK into a competitive mode.   The race started at 7am, which is pretty unusual in itself but more to my liking.  MONK and Lindsay started out in the top ten.  Lindsay found a nice little "hole" for MONK and she just kept him there for as long as she could.  I raced out to the first water check to help cool MONK as she came through.  On the second or third loop Lindsay and MONK left the water stop in first place, not for long as the other riders who had made a wrong turn gave chase.  This mistake put her only 2 minutes behind the leaders in 4th place.  MONK was having amazing recoveries, so good I did not believe them and kept him back for an extra minute.  He came in off of loop 2, HR was high 60's, unbelievable, had to do a double take and a double check.  As we had "NO" crew a couple of extra crew people gave us a hand cooling MONK.  Vet scores and trot out were good, except for gut sounds which we always seem to struggle with.

Loop 3 was about the same, still in the 4th place position I think, was really not to concerned so not paying that much attention to where they were at... but I should be close.  Loop 4, which is about 70 miles into the race was the loop where they were to have a exit exam.  MONK was a little off but his gut sounds were back up so we were required to come back with tack off for a re check.  MONK failed the recheck.  You then have to go to the treatment barn where they make a quick examination.  One of the vets had a infrared scanner and he scanned MONK for hot spots.  He found that the right rear was quite a bit warmer then the other side so the consensus was that it was a groin pull.

Lindsay said that MONK was slipping quite a bit in the rear on different portions of the trail.  My first post to MONK's feiredhorse on Face Book was: 

 Monk pulled end of 4th loop.

We probably ran one of the best races ever up until the time of the pull. Monk was 8 min behind the leaders on the first loop, but ended up only about 2 when 4 made a wrong turn. I think she went out in 4th
 place, actually led for a few minutes after the water stop.

Our plan was good and Lindsay was riding the perfect ride. Monk was not behaving well so she had to fight him the whole way. Recoveries were awesome for a crew of 2, lindsay and I, a few other people jumped when they saw you needed help.

Long trip but I am very happy with my dynamic duo.

Monk showed that he one of the best in the USA despite his pull, he looks like he just jumped out of the trailer.

Shit happens.

I have a Thermo image of his groin pull, very interesting. Just a little time off with some DMSO and were good.

See ya back in Ca.

MONK, back at home after the 3 day drive from Texas..

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Presidents Cup 2012

Found some great pictures on Face Book, which I am downloading to MONK's blog...
Thanks Nicole, great pictures, as you can see I stole it and am using it as my own.......

This is Macy, who just turned 5 years old.  Her and her sister Marin are just a little "horse crazy"......

Monday, February 20, 2012

Presidents Cup, Abu Dhabi

MONK finished the ride with a average speed of 11.9mph and I think a ride time of 8:53. 

Our game plan was just to use this ride as a training ride for the upcoming WEC trails at the end of March.  Keeping in mind that if we get pulled at the Presidents Cup then there would be a manditory 60 day hold which would put us out of the running.

Lots more photo's on this link:

Nancy and I left with MONK in the 3 horse slant from Penn Valley, California, and headed towards LA on Saturday the 4th of February.  The person who was making all the flight arrangements for the horses gave us the name and address of a place to board MONK for the night somewhere near Santa Anita race track, as we had to be at Pet Jets on Saturday morning at 10am..  We met with Doug Swingley at Jet Pets where the horses are inspected by USDA and then loaded into a 3 horse container and then transferred to the Air Lines.  Once they are in quarantine, they cannot touch the ground until they reach the venue, where they will be in quarantine until the day of the event.

Nancy and I got an unexpected tour of Abu Dhabi when we were approached by someone asking if we needed a cab.  Upon arrival at our final destination, the Mafrac Hotel, we were advised that the ride to the hotel should of only been 50 Dirham, not 150 Dirham..  We arrived at about 1am, were able to grab a few hours sleep and obtain the supplied rental car and meet Doug and the horses at the quarantine barn, which was about 30 minutes away, just as they pulled up at about 1pm..

I was surprised at how tightly they squished the horses into the very nice enclosed van.  The horse were cross tied but could hardly even move their heads...  I am sure they were both glad to get out of the van and into a place with some more space...

Fencing surrounds the quarantine barn.  You have to sign in and sign out, tempatures were taken both morning and night.

 This is the van that took the horses from the Airport to the quarantine barn, it is even air conditioned.

 This is the actual barn, I think there were about 10 stalls with running water for the two horses.

The sand mountain in the background is man made, one dump truck at a time.  The big cage is for ONE lonely eagle.  Not sure what the mountain is going to be used for.  Nancy got to go for a drive to the top.  Parachuters are using it to catch some major updrafts...

Restrooms and a small room for the Guards to rest.

This is the control tower at the Endurance Village.,54.71524560006221

Here is a link to a Google map  link to the Emirates Endurance Village.

Doctor Andrew getting the required blood samples from MONK.  Dr. Andrew is from Australia and has been working with endurance horses in Abu Dhabi for over 10 years.

These are two large outside paddocks is where we try and leave the horse during the day time.  The temperatures during the night get pretty chilly so horses come in and blanketed.

 Dr. Andrew, Doug and Christoph Shork talking about what a great haircut they gave Nash.....not.

Nancy making sure MONK eats all his dinner.

These are the IN and OUT gates.  Gate 1 is the OUT gate and has a timer there and lets riders go on the exact second.

Here is the crewing area for the different teams.  You can see some of the local horses in the first area.  Most do not have any corrals of any type.

This is the crewing area.  In other pictures you will see hundreds of water buckets and as many people.  The lanes that you see in front of you are where the electronic timing starts.  Each horse is fitted with a small transmitter that goes around their neck and must remain during the competition.  As you cool your horse to get the heart rate down you start walking your horse into the gate, just on the other side of the little buildings is a wire that goes overhead, that wire will send a signal that starts the count for your recovery time.  This is where the horse MUST maintain forward motion until they get to vet lanes.....  Look for the SLOW walk video....


Crew area on the way far side, this is the VET area, the Heart machine, which I am not sure I got a picture of or not are located inside the box like on lane 4.  The slow walk is done to this area, most of the horses were slow walked into the lane, where they do a 180 and stop in front of the Heart machine.  That little extra walk give them an extra 10 to 20 seconds for the HR to come down.

So, when you see those two minute recoveries there is lots more to it then the two minutes.  Basically as soon as they cross the magic line at the "IN" timer you generally are still in the saddle until just before the water buckets.  People who live here have lots and lots of help cooling the horse.  The rider jumps off the horse while it is still moving, crew removes the saddle in under 5 seconds, water is started on the horse actually even before the rider gets off, the rider is usually soaked as is the saddle.  The horse, depending on his recoveries, will be cooled at the walk all the way to the other magic line where the slow walk will start, BUT, the recovery time has already been recorded as soon as they go under the wire.  From this point, as long as the horse has forward movement, you are good.  The only video I got of the slow walk is of MONK with Nancy leading.  He has not been trained to do this but did it pretty well.  

I watched as the first two horses came in, almost on top of each other.  By the time the first horse hit the pulse gate at the trot out lane and they put the Heart Rate machine on the horse he was 72.  Criteria is 64, you have I think 15 seconds of the Heart Rate machine on the horse for it to drop to the 64.  The horse dropped to the required 64.  It seems like a lot longer then the 15 seconds but I really was not counting..  I also do not know if the machine is automatic or if they can leave it on longer then required.  Most of the horses that I saw during the race were presented with about a 64 and dropped quickly into the high 50's..

Doug and Lindsay posing with the American Flag, inside the Quarantine area, going out for the first time on a special trail just for the USA horses.

Lindsay almost finished with MONK's trim job, batteries went dead and needed to be recharged..  Did not have the voltage adapter with us..

Christoph Shork, Doug's groom walking with the horses.

Nancy practicing with MONK on his trot outs...

This view is looking back towards the IN and OUT gates, with all of the cooling buckets.

Nash in the back ground, Susie doing the last minute polish.

Doug and Nash on the right...

Hair Cut complete, this is the Vet in.  USA was the first team to Vet.  Emmett Ross on the right.


We brought four 30 gallon trash cans with us and they supplied another four, so these are our two cooling lanes.  Nancy on the left, Emmett Ross, Schork with his back to us and Dave on the right in the red shirt, Lindsay with the hat.

My saddle wagon, all the way from Penn Valley, or as we call it PennTuckey...........  That good looking lady walking towards the wagon is Nicole who was with Doug and and amazing crew person.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Vintage grad Graham, horse Monk among finishers in Abu Dhabi - Full Article

ANDY WILCOX | Posted: Thursday, February 16, 2012

Lindsay Graham rode 10-year-old gelding Monk to a 32nd-place finish in the annual 100-mile President’s Cup Endurance Ride on Saturday in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Graham, a veterinarian at Napa Valley Veterinary Hospital, said only 46 of 140 starters finished the prestigious event.

The 2000 Vintage High School graduate went into the six-loop race planning to ride at a competitive but comfortable pace.

She wanted to make sure Monk, owned by Chris Martin of Penn Valley, would come home healthy and be ready for their bigger goal — a successful tryout next month in Texas for the biannual World Endurance Championship that will be held in England in August.
Graham and Monk finished in 8 hours, 53 minutes.

The only other American invited to the race, four-time Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion Doug Swingley of Montana, finished 38th.

“The race went really well,” Graham said. “The day went as I had hoped for, to start off in the back and keep a steady but slowly increasing pace throughout the day...

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