Saturday, May 20, 2017
Less than a month to go till June 10 when I tack up for a 5:30am start at the OD100. My brain is ticking along and lists are getting made and checked off.
Thankfully riding and conditioning assignments are light in this time window because the amount of mental energy going into logistics is taking up more space than I’d have imagined.
We ended the ride with a deep river hole where my capall uisce got some water time. She really isn’t so into swimming (yet) but she loves to roll in or stand deep in the river – she laid down (with me and saddle) but I stayed on and convinced her not to roll and instead we wandered around the depths that came up past her belly and had my shoes and pants soaked to the knee. It was worth it- we were too far from the trailer to really untack and commit to water play- but just the deep wading was magical in its own right.
No photos- I left my phone safely on the bank!
Scoot Boots are still at 100% success. And still no rubs or issues with use and still the easiest boot I’ve ever used.
Now for the checklists…
Send in registration form & coggins:
- Check… with appropriate Wonder Woman stamp!
Order necessary tack type stuff:
- Salomon Speedcross… great eBay deal! saw Karen ride the OD cavalry in them last year and she says they’re great so I’m hoping they show up asap so I can get them broken in and tried out! My Ariats are fine but showing a little extra wear and they aren’t so great for hiking the mountain- considering I plan to do a fair amount of getting off her during the toughest climbs, descents or any place we both need a break I need a shoe that will feel good on trail as well as in stirrups.
- New helmet (Ovation light & breathable)
- New chaps (Dublin neoprene webbing) also cooler and lightweight thanks Lynne for the recommendation.
- New summer tights- might need a dry clean extra pair to freshen up mid ride!
- Official sponge leash (to replace the too long jerry rigged old reins I was using)
- Biothane stirrup leathers to use my heavier duty real leathers as a back up… remembering a story that Kristen had a stirrup leather fail without a handy replacement. She struggled through riding I think with bailing twine? I just remember it wasn’t fun and she didn’t feel great afterword.
- Hydration hay! (We learned Khaleesi loves it last year after she ate all of the Stone’s horses’ stash. Thankfully they didn’t love it and now I finally remembered to buy her own!)
- E-lyte dosing syringes with caps! (My current ones don’t have caps means I have to waste time pulling up individual doses when I need them!)
- Extra sweat scrapers & sponges
- Check… check check check…mostly thanks to Ed’s Riding Warehouse Christmas gift card!
Handy suggestions tips and tricks:
- Glow sticks (after dark)
- Mini flashlight (emergency use only)
- Life proof phone case – another amazing eBay deal
- Mini extra charge for phone will I have time for photos??
- Date syrup & CMPK (adds to elytes for extra calcium and potassium) also sometimes the syrup can help encourage the gut and eating after a tough loop.
- Vetwrap!!! For a million things
- Hoofboots and a spare set of shaped shoes from our last set- I have my Scoot Boots for a lost shoe but I’m also borrowing a one size up spare from a team member who isn’t riding the OD for the potential sprung or loose shoe. Great mentor advice- a sprung shoe can be worse if you aren’t able to pull it on the trail. On a 100 the chance of a nail getting work down, or a tired mid-step pulls or bends a shoe- take the vetwrap and wrap the shoe as tight as possible- cover with one size larger boot until fixable in the next hold.
- Zip ties (to affix the Scoot boots directly to saddle as well as a million other things)
- Dramamine & Aleve … I’ve heard other riders lighting after dark can make one nauseasus… and the Aleve… for everything else!
Wish list that looks will have to wait:
- Smaller size narrow (new!!) Scoot boots for hind feet (for now the front size with vetwrap will get us to a hold and I’ll have renegades that fit or a new old shoe put on… should be fine for a temporary spare tire)
- Extra Phoenix Rising saddle pad. Seems this pad gives the best support to the saddle. I’d love a second one in case of rain or extreme sweating but one PR with a toklat coolback for the hottest parts of the day will be ok.
- Reflective neck collar from Taylored Tack (love the idea of not having a halter on all the time but not necessary)
Aside from this I have a yard in full on spring mode which is lovely except the weeds grow even better than the flowers most of the time so I try to get some time keeping the jungle at bay… and it’s end of school seasons both for my college and K-12 students so I’m teaching a lot and planning final concerts as well.
She’s doing a good job resting and fueling up while I stock up on supplies!