Link Luv June 2016
|June 9, 2016||Posted by Melinda under Uncategorized|
Picking names is HARD. We’ve named 2 of my animals here on the blog – Tess and MerryLegs. I’m currently trying to pick a cowboy alias name for cowboy action shooting. The best one I have so far is is either “Waltzin’ Orvetta”, or “Fiddlin’ Matilda”. Any brilliant ideas out there? Can’t be anything anyone has already signed up for…
I’ve seen lots of races say “no ear buds” and have yet to see that enforced. That may be changing. My bone conducting headphones bit the dust way too early and were deemed not durable enough for this sport and I’ve experimented several other things….but for the last year took a pair of ear buds that worked the best and cut one bud off and wear in a single ear (yes, they still work if they are chopped). Love it for both riding and running – ears get less sore over hours and miles, they don’t get caught in my arms and gear, and it’s the perfect compromise between being able to hear what I’m listening to and being able to hear what’s going around me. As a bonus it seems that one ear bud in is a generally accepted way to stay safe on the trails.
This sums up my opinion on supplementation: if it’s powerful enough to fix a real issue, it probably isn’t completely safe if all unintended consequences are considered. This article is interesting and supports that thought but the author has a serious conflict of interest so don’t rush to conclusions on magnesium yet.
Snake bites in remote locations = my worst nightmare. If my horse or dog gets bit, there’s a straightforward and logical plan: walk them calmly out where I can get help. They may or may not make it. But somehow my mind completely goes into panic mode when thinking about *me* getting bit. I’ll probably just die. Bite -> lots of pain -> death.
I try so very very VERY hard, but my husband would agree with this article ONE HUNDRED FREAKING PERCENT.
Yoga routines for dressage riders FREE YOUTUBE CHANNEL. This looks GREAT. Need to try and incorporate this into my daily routine.
Death. It’s an every day thing for me. I do my best to remember the immensity of what I do.
Hands down the funniest thing I’ve seen in recent memory. If I had to wear or eat the crap I find in my crew or saddle bags from the last ride when prepping the bags for an upcoming ride it would be HORRIFYING.
Excellent DYI post from Liz on making an endurance gear cart and more. While you are visiting her blog, wish her luck on her big upcoming ride this weekend!
Hoof care, shoeing, and adapting to injury, age is an important part of endurance horse management. Aarene does a good job of describing some of the observations and changes in her endurance Standardbred mare who is rehabbing from an injury.
Here’s a race report from one of my goal races I really wanted to run in May that just didn’t happen. I’ve backpacked the Ohlone trail several times and am tentatively planning on doing my own single day hike through (50k) later this year if I can get some company to do it with.
Love me some endurance themed horse tattoos! I have my design picked out, a tentative lead on an artist…now just to not be breast feeding when I get it done!
Running related, but think of yourself as the coach of your endurance horse. I found myself nodding at this article – I think that working with the less than ideal horse (and let’s face it, most horses will have SOMETHING that makes them not-ideal once you reach the 100 mile ride level) DOES make you a better “coach”. There’s also some very interesting training ideas at the end of how this coach worked around some very significant athlete obstacles. I bet if you got some endurance riders around the camp fire you would hear similar outrageous training stories about how certain horses were trained in order to get around certain limitations.
Yet another one from Magness on the benefits of rabbitting. Rabbitting absolutely works in the endurance world – sometimes for better and sometimes for worse. Leaving aside the negatives of rabbitting that occurs when horse goes faster in order to stay with the herd, the positives in the endurance world has a lot to do with not having to make as many decisions (leading to decision making fatigue), leaving you and the horse fresher for the final miles).
Orienteering – something I should be better at. Excellent primer on trails and navigating trails that is useful on and off horseback. The only caveat to this article is that you have to make sure that a marked trail head is trailer friendly. I’ve driven HOURS before, only to find that the trail head was an asphalt lot that I couldn’t unload horses onto.
NER (not endurance related) but a very good (and short) article on grief. May our ponies, family, and friends be around for as long as possible…but when they invariable aren’t, this article may help.
And the other May race I was planning doing to get my first ticket chance to get into WS100 one day. Sigh. Some day right?
I definitely feel the need to write race reports (in fact, there’s a whole page dedicated to my reports in chronological order ). My feelings on blogging and race reports are echoed pretty well in this article.
The 80-15-5 rule is definitely real.
I keep meaning to do a post on Epigenetics and some of the exciting things that could be happening as applied to endurance. Considering I still need to catch up on AERC convention posts, just go read this article instead and use your imagination. 😉
YIKES!!!!! Antibiotic linked with tendon damage – up to years following administration. Yes, we use this drug in equine vetmed.
Good article on hypothermia – I don’t think I understood clearly what the risk of hypothermia was on a relatively mild day. When you add in long duration activity (riding, running) it can result in all sorts of things!
Random picture time