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post #31 of 38 Old 05-25-2019, 08:03 PM
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At packing school in the Marine Corps we lead our mules and donkeys on foot much of the time. Only our instructor was mounted for major parts of the course. I can tell you without a doubt that packing mules while you hike can get a lot of very heavy gear a loooong way up in the mountains. We used to do 27 mile days some days with the heavy guns and the ammo for them strapped on to the animals. Most schools in the Marine Corps aren't a ton of fun to say the least but I had a riot at packing school and mountain warfare school. Probably the most fun of anyplace I ever went in the Marines. It's cool to see somebody else packs mules on foot too besides for just the Marine Corps.
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post #32 of 38 Old 05-25-2019, 08:10 PM
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Here is a link, the packing part of the course is 16 days and the horse riding part was 16 days but we also did some climbing / rope courses and a survival course too while we were there. I think all told we were there for close to 60 days. I had a fishing license so did my buddy so we spent a lot of our off hours fishing. https://www.recordcourier.com/news/l...the-spotlight/
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post #33 of 38 Old 05-27-2019, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, AndytheCornbread, for sharing your experience leading mules and the link to article. I'm always glad when hearing good things about mules, as this now our third year with them and it seems I'm more anxious as get older, so I like to hear that they've been led successfully before by people on foot. My fear is that they could jump forward if spooked and push us off the trail. I'm trying to remember to always stay on the uphill side when leading and remind husband to do the same. Trying to teach the more energetic one to give us space, but know in her past she was lead behind bigger mules with people riding so it seems she thinks she needs to hustle up the trail instead of going at our slower walking pace. Husband loves her work ethic, but I worry about the big brown boxes she carries pushing him off trail. Always something with animals!
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post #34 of 38 Old 06-07-2019, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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Horses Beautiful in Upper Pasture

My heart thrilled to see that horses again in upper pasture. Our generously good-hearted neighbor apparently can’t say no to people in distress when horses involved so she takes in and feeds through the winter.

Come summer, when irrigation returns to fill water tank in our upper field (crops no longer there), we tell her bring some if wished as we love seeing them on ridge above. So far just four, all sorrel, an old retired gelding with white face, we knew he carried kids in rodeo events when younger; a small gelding with white blaze missing an eye, we don’t know his story; two mares.
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post #35 of 38 Old 06-08-2019, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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Realize the cut-and-paste had missed last lines, perhaps because subconscious knows that on HorseForum, all recognize without being said the truth of last favorite phrase, as below:


Big white dog loves to have "her" herd back and circles each day; I love to be greeted by horses and stroke their necks; an elemental pleasure.
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post #36 of 38 Old 08-04-2019, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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Mules Escape to Join Horse Herd

Little pack mules let themselves out of lower pasture last night. Luckily, llamas did not escape, as they hard to catch.

Found mules this morning on walk uphill where they had gone to join horse herd. Let them into nice dry field where they can join horse friends and won't have to spend time locked each day in dry corral.

Quite the fireworks as herd decided they can't join up just yet. Plenty of room for all, so they can stay until next pack trip in 3 weeks and I'll see on walks each day how the join up advances.
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post #37 of 38 Old 10-24-2019, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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Mindfulness. Meditation. Yoga.



MINDFULNESS. MEDITATION. YOGA.
These seem to be related to better health, less stress, less anxiety.


My eye falls this morning on book beside bed called AWAKENING TO YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE, by Ekhart Tolle. Reminds me on jog/walk up and across hill this morning that have not posted link to the 10-minute yoga and meditation video for over 6 months.

Therefore, I add the link again today in hopes will encourage some other friend or family member to take a look at their health habits and perhaps initiate change by starting this small yoga routine each day.

Since starting three years ago, I believe the daily 10-minute yoga and back-strengthening routine with meditation, affirmations and breathing, has given me mental strength and discipline needed to start and continue a twice weekly 8-minute balance and core-strengthening routine, to start thrice weekly high-intensity interval aerobics jog/walk, to try eating a more-plants, less-meat, less-alcohol diet, even to hit 32 golf balls for practice starting this year on most mornings.

Following is List of Poses which can be printed, even laminated. Makes it easier to do routine on own after watching video just a few times to get feeling of how each pose slips gently into the next:

10-Minute Yoga and Back Strengthening Stretches
with Meditation & Breathing

Remember:

Breathe Good In-In-In, hold at bottom,
then Bad Out-Out-Out, repeat

Clear mind every time it wanders,
focus on feel of breath going in & out

—Salute to Sun w/3 Affirmations: Breathe in while stretch up,
circle arms down saying each, then 90 degree forward bend for back strengthen pose, then to
—Downward Dog
—Infant Pose
—Cat-Cow Poses
—Cobra Pose
—Modified Corpse Pose with side stretch each side, then chest expansion with 90 degree arms on floor to sides while rotating ankles
Back Strengthening starts here while lying on back, next do:
—Belly Twist/Spinal Stretch Pose, knees to side, shoulders stay flat, do each side
—Half Bridge Pose
—Plow Pose, then when legs come down, keep right one up
—Right side: Hamstring stretch — one leg up, pull ankle toward you, push knee away
—Knee-to-chest,
—Piriformis stretch: Left leg up, right ankle front of knee pull towards you, push other knee away, then right leg down, left leg up for
—Left side: Hamstring stretch (descriptions same as above),
—Knee-to-chest,
—Piriformis stretch, then both legs down, turn on side legs stretched out for
—Quadriceps stretch, bend top leg back, grab ankle and pull, do both sides, then up on knees for
—Hip Flexor, one leg bent in front, back straight and hips pushed forward, both sides, then stand for
—Side Stretch, both sides
—Arm & Shoulder Stretch, both sides
—Neck-to-Shoulder Stretch, both sides
—Head Roll, both directions
Raise head, open eyes, you are ready to face the day!


Note: Above post was made in August under thread at Hobbies called Yoga. Included here now so my member journal will be complete.
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post #38 of 38 Old 10-25-2019, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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Others try new eating strategies

(Note, this written and posted previously, added here to keep up the main journal....)
I was excited to read on HorseForum.com this morning that one of my favorite posters, bsms of AZ, had written in his post #2004 about his new eating strategy. It gave me the chance to add the following to his “journal” thread, which gets far more viewers than my “journal” thread.
My post noted the first sentence above, then went on to say:
Yours is from a different book, but sounds close to the plans advocated in Blue Zones (those with higher rates of healthy centenarians) and in the book that got me started on Intermittent Fasting, which I’ve been pushing on friends and family during last 3 years.
That book is called FAST DIET, by Michael Mosley. A catchy title, but really more of eating strategy than “diet”, detailing huge benefits of Intermittent Fasting, which can be even just one day a week and includes a tiny meal at beginning and end of day. Book can be ordered here (used less than $6): https://www.amazon.com/FastDiet-Revised-Update…/…/150110201X
Husband and I saw television special on PBS by Dr. Mosley telling about the many health benefits which seem to be derived from allowing body to actually stop eating for extended period of time.
Benefits seem so great — lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, lower blood sugars, lower IGF-1 (high levels are linked to cancer), even better brain performance — that about 3 years ago I started immediately with two days a week; he started a somewhat modified version, shall we say.
We next read a followup in Wall Street Journal saying that studies show benefits even when having just a long period (say 6p-10a) without food ingestion, which sounds like the plan that you are now using and which husband decided was better for him.
Plus, you’ve included many elements of Blue Zone eating for better health, such as cutting out processed foods, refined sugar and increasing whole fruits and vegetables.
I don’t know for sure, but think you might be a middle baby-boomer, similar to me, which puts us in the life stage when suddenly realizing being healthier as aging would be a very good thing.
How can we get the younger generation to realize that sooner? Only by our good examples, I guess, which is why we post here.
For me, the next major step, which created more clearly seen health benefits, beyond simple weight loss, was aerobics, for which I think the discipline became possible from a daily yoga and meditation routine.
Find that routine under Forum called Life Beyond Horses: Hobbies, in a top thread saying Yoga, if wanting to join my 40-year experiment towards being Healthy2aHundred, or however long we make it.
Thanks for sharing the lifestyle changes you’re trying. I’m going to love reading about how it’s going for you. (Feel free to post here how changes are going for you!)





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