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Updated: 2015-05-09T07:50:07.472-07:00

 



Self awareness counts! I totally hear you on getti...

2015-05-09T07:48:28.979-07:00

Self awareness counts! I totally hear you on getting sick of my own mental whining, that is almost always my motivator to get over myself and move on. And a supportive tribe is great, too. Onward, at whatever pace we can manage, against all odds.



At personal pity parties, I am a pro....but like y...

2015-05-08T02:59:51.835-07:00

At personal pity parties, I am a pro....but like you, I pull myself out of it after a while and get on with what makes me happy. You just have to recognize that if you keep trying, those failures will pave the way to success - I have a very hard time remembering this for the most part, lol. Good luck with your future endeavors!



And definitely happy rider. For saddles, I went b...

2015-04-25T20:22:29.546-07:00

And definitely happy rider.

For saddles, I went back to my old Duett, and messed around with different sheepskin stuff...pulled off the old full sheepskin cover and replaced it with a Supracor seat cover topped with a JMS sheepskin western seat cover -- the seat is really too big for me, but the Supracor cover fills in some of the space, and then the fluffy fleece on top fills in more plus makes it very cushy. And of course fleece-covered stirrup leathers.



And happy rider? ;) Yay Mimi! She's so dar...

2015-04-25T19:40:14.393-07:00

And happy rider? ;)


Yay Mimi! She's so darn cute. Saddle set up looks comfy.



OMG. I felt ill-prepared and undertrained for my ...

2015-04-01T13:04:58.367-07:00

OMG. I felt ill-prepared and undertrained for my measly 5k this weekend. You are amazing. People die doing this stuff!

Also, freaking love the Honey Stingers. Much preferred over Gu's!



You are a total and complete beast, I hope you kno...

2015-03-31T04:34:03.744-07:00

You are a total and complete beast, I hope you know that.

I'm so very happy you wrote this up as I was very interested to hear how it all went after following your few facebook updates over the weekend. I even remarked to a friend I was spending the weekend with that, "My friend in AZ is doing her first 50k today! She's the main reason I've begun pursuing running more." to which the response was, "Wow. That's crazy! 50k?!" and I just grinned and nodded. Then, when I saw your update later, I remarked, "Oh no! She DNF'd at 27 miles." "Isn't that basically the whole thing?" *quick math* "Yeah, it is. Wow. Must have been an insane run. How awesome though...."

So you were definitely on my mind this weekend. =)

I understand your mental game post-race as my head works much the same way. I think you've got a good plan going forward, lay low and let your mind do its thing without antagonizing it with much else for a bit - or antagonizing your poor IT band! YIKES. Be easy, lady!

Congrats on such an oustanding achievement on such a gnarly course. Finish or no, it's definitely something to be proud of. Loved being able to follow along the journey and hear about how it went. I got a particular giggle about the hashers as they sound just like the ski hashers I know. Your retort about wasting good whisky was an oustanding one, as well. =)

I wish you a speedy IT band recovery and encourage you on in your stubbornness to pursue more awesome as time passes. Congrats again on running your farthest yet over some truly rough terrain!!



Heck yes woman, tell us some stories! I started my...

2015-03-20T09:08:12.227-07:00

Heck yes woman, tell us some stories! I started my blog in 2011 for 2 reasons: Keep track of raising my first foal for myself AND put it all out there so people could read and benefit in some way, whether it's pretty pictures, a good story, or a Whoops on my part that if told could save them from the same. There are too many people out there willing to sell false sunshine, and so many others looking for a true common experience or a helping hand. Can't wait to read your stories!



Yes!! Do tell! :)

2015-03-19T16:18:51.643-07:00

Yes!! Do tell! :)



This is an excellent post! I agree, my endurance m...

2015-02-27T03:27:28.639-07:00

This is an excellent post! I agree, my endurance mare is a dressage bred 17hh warmblood. She does so well and big strides really covers the ground and her temperament is brilliant for the sport. Please look at my blog for similar posts! :)



Thank you!

2015-02-26T10:03:52.115-07:00

Thank you!



Thank you! (I'm bad about sharing. I mean, I ...

2015-02-26T10:03:44.470-07:00

Thank you! (I'm bad about sharing. I mean, I put it on my own facebook page,but I'm bad about reaching out and sharing on other pages.)



Thanks!

2015-02-26T10:02:08.006-07:00

Thanks!



Really nicely done!

2015-02-26T10:00:17.524-07:00

Really nicely done!



Nice! Share to Green Bean pages :)

2015-02-25T18:18:06.890-07:00

Nice! Share to Green Bean pages :)



Excellent post!

2015-02-25T12:50:24.897-07:00

Excellent post!



It did cross my mind! ;) Can't wait to hear wh...

2015-02-24T14:27:07.592-07:00

It did cross my mind! ;) Can't wait to hear what works for her! (You could do this stuff in hand with Rory, too!)



Aww how nice, you wrote this just for me right? :)...

2015-02-24T14:23:28.325-07:00

Aww how nice, you wrote this just for me right? :) ;) Just worked Sheza in the arena for the first time since scraping it, poles and cones are next!



SHHHHH. ;-)

2015-02-24T14:07:21.507-07:00

SHHHHH. ;-)



Ooo, yes...great suggestions on lateral work! I lo...

2015-02-24T13:56:06.590-07:00

Ooo, yes...great suggestions on lateral work! I love having the poles as a"visual" guideline, both for myself and the horse...really seems to help with straightness and evenness.

Excellent point on cross-training across disciplines...and that's so true! My riding, running, and some basic strength training all form a complementary trifecta of cross-training that all benefit each other.



Future reference = when the ground thaws out? ;)

2015-02-24T13:53:59.357-07:00

Future reference = when the ground thaws out? ;)



I loved this post Ashley! I've played with sev...

2015-02-24T13:38:27.062-07:00

I loved this post Ashley! I've played with several of these, both under saddle and on the lunge. The fan and staggered poles are two of my favorites! I've used the box as well. The possibilities are endless when you add lateral movement as well! : you can side pass around the box like they do in some trail obstacle classes; while staying within the confines of the box, walk forward down one long side, side pass parallel to a short side, back up up the other long side, side pass down the other short side. If you make the box big enough, you can do leg yield Xs across the box. There is soooo much you an do with it!

I think some of the best horse and rider partnerships are the ones that cross train, regardless of what main sport they have chosen. A lot of runners cross train to strengthen assisting muscles, whether the cross training is cycling, swimming or just basic strength training. It is the same for horses. A horse that can carry himself correctly and is supple and strong will have much longer-lasting soundness than one who only does one thing.

Thank you for this post!



*saved* for later reference! Great post, lady!

2015-02-24T12:33:22.752-07:00

*saved* for later reference! Great post, lady!



This is GREAT!!!

2015-02-23T13:33:33.000-07:00

This is GREAT!!!



You'll be that much further ahead when you com...

2015-02-19T19:39:54.964-07:00

You'll be that much further ahead when you come down here for a visit sometime. ;)



Good thing you posted this before we hang out at c...

2015-02-19T19:32:14.911-07:00

Good thing you posted this before we hang out at convention ;) Should I be speaking familiarly with naivete of Arizona..