Started this discussion. Last reply by Elizabeth Scott Aug 19, 2013.
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…Continue
Posted on December 14, 2014 at 5:35pm — 1 Comment
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…Continue
Posted on December 7, 2014 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments
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…Continue
Posted on November 29, 2014 at 11:40am — 5 Comments
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…Continue
Posted on September 27, 2014 at 1:00pm
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…Continue
Posted on September 18, 2014 at 2:27pm — 3 Comments