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Comment by Kasey Redlich on September 2, 2013 at 4:26pm

Super pretty horse, Jackie!!!

Comment by Jackie Cochran on April 19, 2012 at 8:53am

I am sorry to hear about the laminitis Ashley, and about your mare losing weight fast.  Keeping horses is a real challenge isn't it.

May everything go well with your new horse!

Comment by Jackie Cochran on April 17, 2012 at 4:39pm

No problem immy.  When I started riding Mia she was almost frozen in place because of arthritis, and the barn manager asked me to ride her to get her moving.  She was SO WEAK when I started riding her and one hock had spavin, she was limping severely with every trotting step.  By the time this picture was taken she was much stronger and not as lame, but I still had to do everything I could to make the movement easier on her while at the same time trying to stabilize my lower leg.  If you look closely at her footfalls (front leg landing before her diagonal hind leg) she was still pretty much on her forehand and not giving me any suspension at the trot.

Both of us are better now!  Mia is on a good supplement which has helped her arthritis, and on good days she can give me a decent trot with suspension.

Comment by Jackie Cochran on April 16, 2012 at 6:08pm

Hi immy and Ashley.

I've been riding for around 44 years altogether.  I am disabled pretty much by MS, these pictures were taken when I was still re-discovering where my feet were, lol.

I just ride on the flat now, I ride Forward Seat (except on the 18.2 giant I ride, there I'm more dressage-y), I dream of jumping again but I still need to recover more physically (I was using an electric wheel-chair alot before I started riding again, I wore one out, never replaced it.)  I will probably never jump again, but trying to get there has really improved my riding and my physical abilities on the ground.  Instead of an electric wheel-chair or wheeled walker I now just use two canes to walk, a VAST improvement from a decade ago!


Comment by Jackie Cochran on April 13, 2012 at 9:14am

Yes, that is me, and the mare I'm riding is Mia, an Arab mare, somewhere around 30 years old, no papers so we don't know her breeding but she sure looks like she has a LOT of Crabbet blood in her.  I'm still riding her.

Debbie, my instructor, and I were working on stabilizing my lower legs, thus my stirrups were home for a while.  Now I ride with them on the ball of my foot, and Debbie is yelling at me about my lower legs maybe once a month rather than many times each lesson!

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