So the blog has been quiet of late because not much has been happening. Weather has cut into our riding time…it’s been so hot and humid of late that we’ve not been very motivated to get the ponies out, and as such, have lost a lot of conditioning time. When it’s 110*, plus 40-50% humidity, there’s no sane time to ride. Even at night, temps have stayed in the high 80s/low 90s.
That, combined with rather tight finances (no thanks to school raising tuition…) means we’re skipping Man Against Horse this year. I’m sad about it, but it’s such a difficult ride that I’d feel guilty putting Mimi into it with the amount of riding we’ve been doing over the summer, especially since we haven’t done a ride since February. If she was 50-mile-over-the-summer fit, then having the last month of spotty conditioning probably wouldn’t be so bad, but that’s my paranoid ride making itself known.
Still working on my Tevis crewing story…
I did get a couple new pairs of tights in from Evelyn at Just For Horsin-Around. I’ve been a good girl and basically worn my current tights to pieces, so it was time for new ones. (I was down to one pair of publically acceptable tights for rides, and one semi-acceptable…the other are in various stages of disrepair and sheerness.) I got on pair of nice, sedate, plain purple cotton/lycra, which should be good for hot summers. The other pair, I just told Evelyn I wanted a nylon/lycra pattern with lots of purple and black in it.
I LOVE them!!!
I’ll be hard to miss at rides now…as if the rather memorable little white pony wasn’t enough, I’ll be sporting these wild numbers come ride day. I don’t think I’ll have to worry about running into myself out on trail. I just might have to worry about spooking my pony…
And I just got new insoles or my Terrains again, so we’ll see if I can make them work. They’re my favorite shoes, overall. My hiking sneakers are great for hiking, and good for riding, but can be narrow in the toes for riding and make my feet go numb after too long a period of time, especially downhill trotting. My Ariat Endurance (meshy, lighter-weight version of the Terrains, kind of) are great for riding, but my little toes jam into the sides in a weird fashion if I hike for more than half a mile in them. Overall, I’ve found the Terrains to be the best for riding and hiking, even if I think they could sometimes use a little more traction…observe as I slither rapidly down the loose granite hills and try not to fall on my bum…
Of course, looking at the underside of the Terrains, I cam to the realization that they are about seven years old…no wonder they’re a bit worn.
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whaaaaaat? you don't want to ride when it's 110*? you wimp!
(just kidding! it gets above 85 here and I'm whining.)
I LOVE Evelyn's tights! I have a several fleece pairs, and a leopard pair and zebra striped pair. I only wear those bright crazy ones when I am sure I won't fall off because it looks like I'm a hot, expert rider when I put them on. (not!) I wore the leopard pair recently on a training ride, and against the saddle they were SO slippery I was praying the horse wouldn't do the tiniest spook! Since that ride, note to self:
Wear them just to lounge in, or make sure the saddle has plenty of fleece padding, for a good grip!
Now, get that Tevis crewing story written, I want to read it!
I'm a bit worried about the slippery nylon ones, having been told by several people now that they are very slick against the saddle. They might be good “ride only” tights, since Mimi is on her best behavior at rides, and saves her spooking for conditioning rides. Fortunately, I have a full sheepskin cover, otherwise I don't think I'd have a prayer of staying on the sudden stops. :)
I bought a pair of her tights used and I've been happy with them. They are one size too small (XS) but I still manage to squeeze into them. They are much slippier than my other tights, but I haven't come out of a saddle with them yet (I don't use a fleece cover). It seems that when you start to sweat a bit they stick pretty nicely.