I woke up to pouring rain and thunder this morning, and horses that looked mad as wet cats, and dogs that wouldn't lay paw on the damp wood of the deck. The air now smells fresh for the first time in weeks (we've been getting heavy smoke from the American Fire at our house even before the Swedes Fire erupted) and the layer of Ash has been washed away. Maybe some of those rock hard summer hooves will even soften up for me briefly!
Life is returning to normal as the fire scare winds down and as it does I am suddenly realizing I'm leaving in 2 days for the Mendocino Magic ride! When that really hit home yesterday I immediately told myself, "you're a mess, so not prepared, how will you get ready!" Then my Endurance Brain shushed the Panic Brain and started listing everything out and turns out, as usual, I'm not more than a few hours of throwing shit in the truck away from being on the road early Thursday. I got a great deal on "used" brand new caged stirrups with fat immaculate foot cushions yesterday, so my feet will be HAPPY for 2 LDs at Mendo. I didn't know when I bought them but the bar at the top was wide enough that my fat western fenders fit right through properly without having to jerry rig the stirrups on! Luxury. I've got a spare Woolback pad and cinch for Mr. Sensitive Skin Scrappy, and am picking up a couple of Rennys for spares tomorrow morning from Mel. I've got plenty of hay and Elk Grove in stock for Scrap and a culinary-inclined camping buddy is doing the food thing for us at the ride, so I'm pretty well set really!
And ooh look, I adapted a saddle and most of the tack I already had for Scrappy but he did get one thing of his very own, a little Scrappy Bling in the headstall department ;-)