Phew. What a week. I was weirdly emotional about getting Murray’s hocks done, which is strange because that’s exactly what I called the vet to ask about in the first place… but some small, irrational, part of my brain still hoped that by magic my horse would be fine and proclaimed hale and hearty well into his seventies. Murray, on the other hand, is super sad about being asked to rest again.
But as always, you guys were there to add excellent evidence and kind words of support, so I’m feeling much perkier about Murray’s prognosis.
1. Sweat equity
When my boyfriend moved in with me a couple of months ago he brought along his scale and a serious determination to get into a healthier lifestyle. (Couch surfing and living with his parents for a year took a toll.) I don’t worry too much about my weight unless something weird is going on, like I don’t fit in to my breeches or something, but I do hop on the scale every now and again. On Monday, around noon, I jumped on the scale before going to ride, then headed out and rode two horses, worked 3 yearlings (oh man did they get on my bad side that afternoon), ran an errand at the feed store, and came home around six. I’d polished off my 1 L water bottle and another 500 mL of water after getting home. I jumped back on the scale out of curiosity before stripping to get in the shower.
Despite consuming 1.5L of water, I’d still somehow lost a pound of weight while I was out of the house. The water weighed 3.3 lb (1.5 kg), and I didn’t eliminate in other ways while out of the house, so that means I lost a total of 4.3 lbs in sweat + CO2 + water vapor over the course of the afternoon. That’s a lot of moisture.
In addition to drinking enough water to make up for the sweat I lose while riding and playing outdoors in general, I’ve taken to drinking some electrolytes as well. A friend gave me a box of Osmo for Women and I actually like the powdered mix a fair bit. It’s a bit gritty/grainy at the end, but it’s not hard to just swirl it up and down the whole thing. I used to drink watered down gatorade while at horse shows, but I’ll definitely be replacing it with proper electrolytes in the future. Eventually I’ll run out of my free Osmo — what do you use? I’ve heard great things about Smart Water. Thoughts?
3. Sore muscles
I’m kinda over paying an arm and a leg for liniment and muscle rubs that I feel like actually work. I like Sore No More Gelotion a lot, but $18 for a little bottle, when I’m pretty sure I can get the ingredients for less. I’m going to take a whack at making my own liniment. I’m pretty sure I have the basics sorted out (witch hazel base, arnica and comfrey for sure, maybe including camphor, lavender, rosemary, and ginger, emulsify with xantham gum). What’s important to you in a liniment? One of my friends loves the cooling feeling of menthol, which you can kinda replicate with peppermint oil (if you don’t want to add straight menthol crystals). Another online source swears by magnesium salts as a body brace, and it wouldn’t be terribly hard to dissolve some of them in there.
4. International Blogger Contest
Horse Junkies United is running an International Blogger Contest with a bomb prize package. I write for them occasionally and really enjoy the community on there. I might enter (I don’t think I’m excluded, but I probably won’t win anything either) — and you should enter too!
5. Tweezerman nail clippers
I actually got these off of someone else’s Friday Five. Have you ever owned really nice nail clippers? Me neither, until I got these guys. I LOVE them. It’s so nice to trim my nails and not feel the jaggedy sharp edges that you usually get with the $1.99 drug store nail clippers. 10/10 will recommend again.