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post #21 of 23 Old 03-29-2016, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Foxhunter View Post
BSMS. William Manchester was not an official Churchill biographer. He had no access to private papers.
I doubt Churchill recorded any toothpaste incidents in his private papers. But I'm too lazy to reread the two volumes to try to find it again...

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post #22 of 23 Old 03-29-2016, 11:25 AM
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Originally Posted by bsms View Post
I doubt Churchill recorded any toothpaste incidents in his private papers. But I'm too lazy to reread the two volumes to try to find it again...
Interesting, but what does tooth paste have to do with this topic, anymore then the price of tea in China!
I rode right up to the time I had double knee replacements, with knees so bad that I did not walk anywhere without pain, even on highest dose of Motrin.
I could not even jog the little amount required , to show a horse in hand
The only reason I was able to do this, is because I have ridden most of my life
This is not stated to prove how 'tough', I was, but to point out how much doing a certain activity over comes even physical handicaps, such as not putting tooth paste on your own tooth brush !
At the same time, once my knees were healed after replacements, allowing me to actually hike again, my cardiovascular system was behind my riding fitness, and even slight climbs at first, had my heart racing
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I agree with the others....fitness level can vary so much depending on the activity you are doing. Sure, the women in the era of Downton Abbey probably didn't lift weights, do crossfit, yoga or pilates....so by today's standards they probably weren't in the best shape. However, they did a LOT more walking than the average human does today. Plus they grew up riding, so when it came to riding horses their bodies were far more accustomed to it.

I can run a 1/2 marathon no problem....can't sit on a horse for more than a couple hours without feeling some ill effects. I consider myself to be in above-average shape. But my lifestyle as a 'recreational rider' has not allowed me to develop the muscles, etc to ride all day like they could back in the 'good ol' days'. I am pretty darn good at sitting in a truck though :)
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