Food and water: how much do we really need? (horse-riding journal 8)

This is a journal-like exercise pertaining to a 14 h horse-back trail ride, in a region of hills and mountains, between 800 m and 2300 m altitude,  a total of 58 km, in spring time, in a team of 14 individuals: 7 riders and 7 horses.

Hope you enjoy the story as much as we enjoyed the ride and we invite you to tag along in one of the Haidook Experiences opened to the public.

Here is the sixth “chapter”. The previous one can be found here  The next will follow shortly.

I usually eat small amounts of food, several times a day. I get cranky if I don’t eat and I often get a headache if I get dehydrated. In this context, the 10 h planned and 14 hours real ride seemed to have some pain enlisted for me.

I drank 1 l of water in the hour prior to our departure and made sure I ate something small as soon as hunger seemed close. In total, I drank no more than the usual amount of water and ate half of what I would have eaten if I stayed indoors. Upon arrival back at Potcoava Mountain Hideaway I did drink some more water and ate very little, just not to skip the late dinner all together. I was more into the conversation than the food. We had lots of thoughts to share.

My notes on this experience: I’ll be better off with a little more water and a little less food.