Jackie Cochran
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  • Oakboro, NC
  • United States
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Could Too Much Sitting Trot be Bad for Some People?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Elizabeth Scott Aug 19, 2013.

Light Hands
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Has Anyone Else Read Jean-Claude Racinet?
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A Bit About Me and my Horse(s)
I got my first horse 40 years ago today (7-4-1970, I was 19) after having trail ridden in Chile and Uruguay for four years while in grade school.
I am now disabled with Multiple sclerosis. I still ride due to the kindness of others (human and equine}.
I now ride Forward Seat on the flat, since I am too disabled to jump.
I adore Arabian horses!
Do you have any pets?

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Maybe This Saddle Will Work Better

Maybe This Saddle Will Work Better   


Last week I offered Debbie the chance to see if my old German made dressage saddle would work for her Arab gelding Tercel.  This is an old calf-skin covered saddle I had found in pitiful condition in my feed store almost ten years ago.  It obviously had been ridden by someone in jeans (the leather jockeys covering the stirrup buckles were sadly worn,) and the saddle had obviously not been stored right because there were wrinkles in the…


Posted on December 14, 2014 at 5:35pm — 1 Comment

Gosh Darn It--Mia Changes Her Mind Again!

Gosh Darn It--Mia Changes Her Mind Again!   

Mia, the nearly 30 year old Arab mare I ride, seems to be going through various issues as she ages.  Bits that used to be fully accepted start bothering her and she always lets me know in a few weeks if she wants me to change then.

Mia, in the past, has not particularly liked bitless bridles (old jumping caveson bridle, LG bitless, Nurtural cross-under bitless, Dr. Cook’s cross under bitless, Light Rider bitless, all three of…


Posted on December 7, 2014 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Debbie's Horse Gets to Try a Different Saddle

Debbie’s Horse Gets to Try a Different Saddle

Debbie, my wonderful riding teacher and manager of a big stable (38 horses or so) has a dream of doing long distance riding.  She has her horse, Tercel, an Arabian gelding, but since he is an Arab it can be difficult to find a saddle that FITS him.  If you are going to ride a horse long distances, a well fitting saddle is essential if you want a sound, usable horse at the end of the ride.  She already bought one saddle that ended up not…


Posted on November 29, 2014 at 11:40am — 5 Comments

The Gentlest Touch

The Gentlest Touch    


I have been thinking about writing this ever since I first ran into the idea that it is ALWAYS wrong to allow the horse to enter your space, an idea I found mostly in the modern aspects of Western horsemanship.  This seems to be tied into the idea of teaching the horse to “respect” the human.

All through the 44 years I’ve handled horses I have reacted strongly to any horse that rudely and suddenly invades my personal space.  My reactions range a…


Posted on September 27, 2014 at 1:00pm

Surviving The Summer

Surviving The Summer       


Well, I seem to have survived the summer heat.  It has been a challenge living without air-conditioning but I got a wonderful surprise, this summer I had a LOT more endurance when riding in the heat.  My youngest son, who has a BS in Biochemistry, told me that organisms have a mechanism when it is hot that protects the body’s proteins, and when the weather turns cold (or if a person is in air-conditioning a lot) the body stops doing this particular…


Posted on September 18, 2014 at 2:27pm — 3 Comments

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At 2:54pm on December 8, 2014, Paula Stevens said…

I like it a lot. It has helped me with my hands, I tend to be rough sometimes. So this helps a lot. It also is forcing me to use my legs and stomach to direct since there is no neck reining at all. It's really easy to put on too. When/if I get horses I want to use only bosal bridles.  :D

At 2:35pm on December 8, 2014, Paula Stevens said…

this is another view of his bosal bridle. ( I'm on him) 

At 2:34pm on December 8, 2014, Paula Stevens said…

I believe it is a "real"  bosal.  Here is Cody wearing the bosal bridle. 

At 11:07am on July 31, 2014, Steve Richardson said…
Thanks for the welcome. I'm puzzled. For some reason even though I joined the community and for some time have liked the FB page, I can't 'like' or comment on anything there. Why?
At 6:29pm on February 25, 2014, Nan Osterhoudt said…

Thanks for the welcome :)  Our Shires are such a hoot - we just love them.  Ours aren't as big as some (17.1 and 17.3 hands) but that's fine with me and I'll be riding 5 year old regularly as soon as we get some decent weather up here.

Here's Corva, our now 5 year old as a 3 year old

and Jodie, our teenager broodmare

At 12:28pm on February 23, 2014, Linda Cutshaw said…

Thanks, Jackie!

At 3:11pm on February 22, 2014, Debbie Sierchio said…
Hi Thanks trying to hang on to my horse ?
At 1:19pm on February 11, 2014, Judi Tsai said…

Thanks, Love your site, especially videos.  Better budget some "inside" time!

At 5:13pm on February 10, 2014, Louise Shaw said…
Thank you, much appreciated ‼
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