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post #11 of 23 Old 03-27-2016, 10:11 AM
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Winston Churchill did a fair bit of riding, at least in his youth. But during WW2, he once had to brush his teeth without his servant there. He complained he couldn't get it to foam. It was because he didn't think to put toothpaste on the brush! He had never had to do it before.
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As many stated, they rode lots.
You can hike all you want, be fit, but if you don't ride regularly, not be riding fit
My husband is a prime example. He has always hiked lots, even since I first met him some 40 years ago, but he does not ride regularly, like I do
Now, that we are both older, that fact has caught up with him, as he can no longer just get on his horse, and ride any distance without getting sore
Yesterday, we went on the first hauling trail ride, as weather in Alberta this winter, has allowed some early riding in the foothills
Not along ride-just several hours. I was fine afterwards, and still squeezed in aride on my other horse, after getting home, before dark
Hubby was sore. Different muscles used in riding, and simply being fit, does not make you riding fit
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Winston Churchill did a fair bit of riding, at least in his youth. But during WW2, he once had to brush his teeth without his servant there. He complained he couldn't get it to foam. It was because he didn't think to put toothpaste on the brush! He had never had to do it before.
Fairy story!

Winston Churchill was away at boarding school from an early age, he was also on the army, taken prisoner and made a very daring escape (in Africa) so I am darn sure he could put toothpaste on a tooth brush.
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Smilie, my sister was very good rider, she hasn't ridden in years, last time she did she couldn't just 'slop' along but had the horse working into the bridle. As he had only just come out of racing he was hard work.

She couldn't walk for days!
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Fairy story!

Winston Churchill was away at boarding school from an early age, he was also on the army, taken prisoner and made a very daring escape (in Africa) so I am darn sure he could put toothpaste on a tooth brush.
One of his biographers said otherwise. William Manchester's biography, IIRC. Not certain of the spelling.

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Now, if you said he used toothpaste to try and shave with and couldn't get a lather up I would find that believable. The man was living on four hours sleep and had the weight of Europe on his shoulders.
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There is a programme on the Queen as she is 90 this year.

There was a part showing her walking around her horses at Windsor. Many ponies and she was giving them all a carrot. She knew every horse, but the best part was she had a man carrying the bag of carrots!

She started to rode at around two, led around on a Shetland, she learned to rode some saddle but when riding around the estates she always rode astride and never wore a helmet.

I was at Windsor some 47 years ago, watching the World Championship Driving, the cross country day. A carriage overturned and the horses took off, before anyone could stop her she had grabbed a rein and stopped the lead horse. Admittedly someone else had grabbed a rein of the other horse but she was there and knew what to do.

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BSMS. William Manchester was not an official Churchill biographer. He had no access to private papers.
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I was at Windsor some 47 years ago, watching the World Championship Driving, the cross country day. A carriage overturned and the horses took off, before anyone could stop her she had grabbed a rein and stopped the lead horse. Admittedly someone else had grabbed a rein of the other horse but she was there and knew what to do.
Remember how she rode it out when that idiot fired blanks at her and Burmese during the Trooping of the Colour?

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Churchill went to a boarding school where the tradition of younger boys having to act as servants to the senior boys didn't completely die out until as late as the 1970's
He would have been one of those younger boys that did that and its said that he credited the bullying at school to what made him so hard later in life when he needed to be
Though he would have been waited on himself when he was older he would have been more than capable of taking care of his own needs if he had too
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