Yes, there was a tiny bit of drama, but you know rehashing drama is not my thing. Let's just say that the other owners in the field - all of whom had been there longer - wanted to feed alfalfa, and Dixie's allergic to alfalfa. A stall costs $120 more a month (with cleaning), but at least I can set up a slow feeder (like irish horse's!) and she can nibble 24/7. And she IS a super lazy horse who prefers to stand around all day - she wasn't doing a very good job of utilizing a traditional pasture setup.
So here's the view through the feeding window at the back of the run-in. You can see that even though she's plumped back up from her dehydrated post-ride state, she's still a little thin - hopefully I can fix that in September.
Kinda artsy :) Since then, I've printed and laminated a better stall sign, but all I had to work with that day was a manilla envelope, a sharpie, and some duct tape.
From the front.
Next ride: I think I'm going to do Tami's new ride, the Red Rocks Rumble (pdf ride flyer). It's October 6th, so that'll give Miss Dee six weeks off. I know the whole Red Rocks area, and I've ridden the first 30 mile loop with ~C earlier this year. God willing it don't snow early, I'm going to my home stomping grounds!
Before that: I'm hoping to do an LD with a newbie at Ride Bear (pdf flyer). It's super-local - if M can't make it, I think I will go volunteer anyway. I feel kinda guilty, because Red Rock Rumble is the same weekend as Quicksilver Fall Classic. But I get so excited when I think about Red Rocks!
Tack Review: This endurance thing is getting easier and easier, and I don't think my tack musings deserve their own post-ride blog anymore. :o
- Cooling: I forgot my $2 helmet liner cooler in the trailer, but luckily the trailer followed me to the vet check. ;) The ride was far from hot, but the helmet cooler works great and it was nice to have. Sadly, I left my cheapo cooling vest at Foresthill, and I thought I ordered another vest but perhaps I have dreamt it? Anyway, I didn't really need extra cooling on that ride.
- Boots: I taped them on because they're getting pretty easy to apply, but then because I'd taped them on I couldn't pull them on the trail to check for gravel. I had to fold down the gaiters and scrape the gravel out with my fingers - if they hadn't been taped, I could've pulled the whole boot off, banged the junk out on a rock, then reapplied the boot. I don't know! Like stall vs. pasture, it's another question with no easy answer. But the bottom line is: the Gloves continue to work perfectly.
- Accommodations: I slept on an eggcrate and two sleeping bags in the back seat of the truck. I have become a camping minimalist and who needs fancy-schmancy shit like tents? Just give me somewhere mostly flat to lay a bag.
- Chow: Miss Thing hates beet pulp again. Also, she eats more than one half-bale-bag full of hay on a one-day ride. I need to call Henry and get another half-bale-bag before he runs out!
- People Chow: I think most of my pre- and post-lunch "why did I pay money to do this to myself" blahs are carb related. I actually don't eat super low carb day-to-day, but when I'm out volunteering or riding a ride, I have noticed that when I eat a lot of carbs all at once (sandwich, sugary energy bar, handful of fruit) I get the sugar crash a lot more frequently. So this time I tried a smoothie made from coconut milk, whey protein powder, and a little hot chocolate mix. Surprisingly not vile, tons of calories of fat and protein, worked GREAT. I couldn't find my other can of coconut milk at the second check so I just drank beer instead. This may be the silliest substitution in the history of the sport.
In other n=1 personal experimentation news: I gave up dairy and had no zits. Then on the way to Tahoe Rim I drank a Starbucks, and another on the way home from the ride. I got three zits that weekend. A week back on the no-dairy bandwagon and I have no zits again. I can't say that I'll never drink milk again - a really good latte is totally worth it - but my daily coffee is lightened with coconut milk these days.