Cooling a hot horse

Here’s a highly simplified and barely scientific explanation of why it’s important to cool a hot horse during a vet check at an endurance ride. It boils down to this simple concept: Blood has lots of jobs to do in the horse’s body. Once your horse is standing in the vet check, the blood has […] more

Dragon 2019 3×3

Before I get started with my 3×3 post, I need to give a solid recommendation for SS Mountain Racing, who put on this race with race director Martin. Take a look at their mission statement from their website: “SS Mountain Racing strives to produce low-key trail running events in the Sierra Nevada foothills with affordable […] more

The Dragon has Teeth

Yesterday I finished my first official ultra in *two years. *Official race as a participant within the published time. Last year’s Loco100k ultra was technically an overtime finish even though they graciously extended the time the finish line was open to accommodate me. I’ve swept an ultra since then as well. And ran a 50k with […] more

Up a tree…

From my perch in an oak tree, watching the sunrise, I had plenty of time to contemplate the irony that people want to talk about cougars and bears and creepy people on the trail, when it’s actually “man’s best friend” that has given me far more close calls. For the *first time in my life, […] more

It’s that time of year!

Springtime! How can I tell? There’s poison oak on my legs from my last run, and instead of riding in the fantastic weather, I’m laboriously scraping girth and tack areas caked in mud because of spring time rains. An hour. A WHOLE HOUR. That, Dear Reader, is how long it took me PER HORSE to clean […] more

A clash of values

(Yes, there’s a bit of horsey content in this post) When I was away at Loma Linda one of the most common opening statements that other people would say upon meeting me and getting the relevant signalment was “you must really miss your child/family!”. Nope. I didn’t. Lying and saying I did miss them just […] more

Week 6 – Graduation

This week I “graduate” from the proton program. In addition to an official certificate (!? OK….), I also got a little pin with a symbol on it that is relevant to the science of proton particles (which I think is cool). Friday is my last treatment appointment but Tuesday was my final evening social event […] more

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