It's always best to carry emergency supplies on the saddle "just in case" – especially when travelling 100 miles.
With husband/owner Patrick handling, Fergus had his boots firmly glued on by the EasyCare Crew the Wednesday afternoon before Tevis. Despite the fact they were firmly glued, I like to be prepared so still carried an entire set of Gloves with us. If I could have, I would have carried a spare girth as well – but that's just silly, right? (I had it in my crew box, though).
I feel the green boot bags on the back of the saddle add to the overall ensemble:
- Sunglasses for 68 miles… never wore them. All the better to fill my eyes with eyeball mascara (aka Tevis crud).
- Ziploc baggie of horse fud for 100 miles… Fergus took two mouthfuls out of it while I was hopping around on one leg, trying to get rid of a cramp at 45 miles.
- Lip salve for 100 miles.. It is better to complain the next day about chapped lips.
- First aid kit for 100 miles. I did actually use the vet wrap when one of my calves was being unbearably rubbed by an errant bit of saddle trim. See, better to be prepared?
- Numerous munchies for 100 miles… but you must be sure not to eat them, lest they make you feel better.
So proud of my big borrowed golden horse – crossing the finish line. (photo: Gore/Baylor)