Road hard and put up wet

I road ten+ miles last night and averaged 14.30 mph, all in 90+ degree heat.  Not too shabby for an old lady.  Once I get to 30 miles and can average 17-20 mph I’ll be happy with that.  There’s a group ride that meets every Friday from the bike shop in Lincolnton.  It’s a fast ride and I’m working up to being able to hang on that ride.  Hopefully by the fall I’ll be there.

Tomorrow I plan to ride to Wally’s house in the morning, then go and have a quick breakfast with him.  After that, I’ll come back to work dogs.  The way back field is cut so unless the closer field is cut today I’ll bring the livestock out to the mowed and hayed field and work there.  Gel got a bit of work in last night.  The cattle have a lot of flies on them so I wanted to spray them with some insecticide.  Easier said that done, but we got it done.

I left the sheep out while I was spraying the cattle and where do darned beasts go?  The newly tilled and planted area behind my house.  Beasts!  I quickly chased them out of the area and kept a close eye on them for the rest of the time they were out.  Must get some fencing up, even if it’s only temporary until I get time to get permanent fence up.  I know what I’m going to do for fencing, but I need to wait for my landlord to have the auger on his tractor to dig holes.  I’m not going to try to dig holes for wooden posts with a manual post hole digger.  Now that’s one thing I could use a man for.

Well, maybe not.

 Tomorrow is the Belmont Stakes and I will watch it.  I wonder if Big Brown will win and become the first triple crown winner since 1978 – the year I graduated from high school!  Is the reason why there hasn’t been a Triple Crown winner since 1978 because they are breeding faster horses or is it because the health of Thoroughbreds is declining?  I vote for the latter.  Is breeding for speed and quick financial results bringing fragility instead of durability?  Some people blame health issues suffered by Thoroughbreds on inbreeding.  According to this article, Virtually all 500,000 of the world’s thoroughbred racehorses are descended from 28 ancestors, born in the 18th and 19th centuries, according to a new genetic study. And up to 95% of male thoroughbreds can be traced back to just one stallion.

The life of a race horse  is often not ideal; well, if they are winning it may be, but how many of them win consistently?  Race horses are excessively (and often illegally) drugged.  Excessive drug use of any kind does not help the health of the animal.  I suppose the life of any animal that humankind has decided they can make money off it is suspect, at best.

Maybe I won’t watch the Belmont after all.