Putting Humpty-Dumpty back together

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For the last 10 years this is what Farley’s right hind has looked like. The picture was taken from this post on my trimming method, because as you will see, it no longer looks like this. Specifically, the medial (inside) heel which is on the left of the picture. See how in the picture you can […] more


Observations from the vet line

Last weekend I had the pleasure of vetting another endurance ride. I would be hard pressed to decide what I enjoyed more – vetting or riding. Both are rewarding, hard work, long days, and come with lessons learned. Oh yes, I learn as much from working the vet line all day as I do out […] more


A question of risk

On Facebook someone shared a video of an Olympic marathoner staggering, falling, getting up, and crawling to the finish line. Words like “iconic”, “tough”, and “determined” were attached to the video and as I watched it, tears formed. So now you know my secret. I cry like a baby at race finish videos, no uplifting […] more

May 2017 IRL

I CAN’T get 3 runs a week in for ANYTHING. 2 runs, fine. 2 runs AND 2 rides?  Fine. Just GOING OUT THE DOOR to make that 3rd run happen whenever? Nope nope nope. No can do. *sigh* It’s officially summer here with 100 degree days, early morning light….and an occasional rain shower…WHAT???????? Rain during […] more

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Trail Guide Part 3

Trails featured in this post: Steven’s Trail, off I-80 near Colfax Sterling Pointe, Folsom Lake area Lake Oroville trailheads A master list of all the trails featured in “Trail Guide” posts can be found here. Stevens Trail Free parking (BLM land) Runners (horses aren’t prohibited…but good luck to you if you try it o_O) Out […] more

Dear Fellow Back-of-the-packer

Dear Fellow Back-of-the-packer, You and I get to hang out at every ultra. Sometimes I find out that you are there because you are battling injuries, or because you have an awesome streak going and this is your 100th 100 miler in 100 weekends (I made that up). Or sometimes you are just like me […] more

Not a born horse lover

I wanted to ride the pony. Problem, they were playing polo in the arena. It was the night that Matt flies and so Fig was along for the metaphorical ride (but as we will see, not at all game for an actual one). On Daddy-flying nights the most efficient way to ride is to plunk […] more

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