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Dwyer's Philosophy of Bitting

Dwyer's Philosophy of Bitting

The last two weeks, stuck at home, I have been reading, re-reading and digesting the bitting information in Francis Dwyer's “On Seats and Saddles, Bits and Bitting.” I have been questioning all of my old assumptions about bits and riding with bits. While reading and thinking about this information I have wondered if many of the modern fads in riding, which many of…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on December 8, 2018 at 2:03pm — No Comments

On the occasion of the 20th birthday of my horse Alamuti.

When I first had you as a pony, you were slim and weak,

Though naughty and wild, you ate well and never felt sick,

I worked on your muscles and fed you well,

Once you were four, strong and built well,

I saddled you, slowly mounted on your back and waited an action,

After a few steps you jumped up and down in joy, your reaction,

You ever since played and played, and I fell down so many times so badly,

Nevertheless, we loved each other, throughout the years,… Continue

Added by Amir Khosro Alai on November 28, 2018 at 4:02pm — 1 Comment

What I've Learned About Curb Bits

What I've Learned About Curb Bits

After hurting all weekend I went to my MD on Monday. He ordered X-rays and found two cracked ribs. I am also bruised from my left hip down my thigh, my lower back from the edges of the protective vest, and my left rib cage hurts. I asked the doctor about riding and he said 6 WEEKS not riding, I told him about Mia (32-33, arthritic, freezes instead of bolting so…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on November 24, 2018 at 12:45pm — No Comments

I Don't Bounce Like I Used To

I Don't Bounce Like I Used To

I fell off Coach.

It was in the 30's F when we got out to the stable. For some reason Coach had not been turned out at all that morning in spite of 2 days inside because of the cold rain. When Debbie brought him to the wash stall he was pissed off, he was more reactive to his grooming and he…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on November 17, 2018 at 2:20pm — No Comments

The possible methods for making the environment safe for your pets

The environment plays a vital factor,and it affects every living thing on this planet. As human beings, it is like a sacred duty to save the environment. There are many human actions and machines built by human beings that affect the environment,but the ill effects can be curbed if proper measures are implemented. The keeping of a pet animal or…

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Added by Silvia Watson on November 11, 2018 at 5:16am — No Comments

The Thick Flexible Mullen Mouth Snaffle Got a No

The Thick Flexible Mullen Mouth Snaffle Got a No

I had found a $20.00 USD thick flexible black rubber Mullen mouth snaffle on Ebay. I bought it to try on Coach because it was cheap enough that I would not be out much money if Coach gnawed it to pieces. I also liked that it had a thick, gentle mouthpiece and that it did not taste HORRIBLE to me. Trotting is coming up and I worry that with…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on November 10, 2018 at 11:28am — No Comments

Both Mares Like My Bombers Bit More Than Coach Does

Both Mares Like My Bombers Bit More Than Coach Does

This week I got to try my new Bombers Titanium Happy Tongue bit on Cider and Mia. After Coach's reactions I was not very hopeful, particularly with Mia. When I asked Shannon if I could switch Cider's bit from the titanium coated rainbow Kimberwick to the Bombers bit she was quite interested.…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on November 3, 2018 at 10:59am — No Comments

Coach Did NOT Like His New Bit!

Coach Did NOT Like His New Bit!

I was SO EAGER to try my new bit when it arrived! It is a Bombers Titanium Happy Tongue non-jointed snaffle. Coach has clearly indicated a preference for titanium bits over stainless steel bits, and he also has firmly “told” me that the more joints the bit has the more the bit irritates him. This bit is “anatomic” in shape, with a generous port and it is Bomber's…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on October 27, 2018 at 1:47pm — No Comments

Coach Adjusts to Big Changes

Coach Adjusts to Big Changes

Debbie's stable changed from night turnout to day turnout Tuesday this week. Coach was NOT pleased by the change in his routine. Debbie's workers had tried to keep Coach in his stall so he would be there and nice and clean for his lesson, but when Coach realized that all his buddies got to go out while he stayed stuck in his stall, well he started protesting with…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on October 20, 2018 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Some Interesting Vaping Facts that You Must Know

Vaping is the latest trend and is actually the inhalation of a vaporized liquid straight from an electronic device. Vaping is not only prevalent among those trying to quit smoking the regular tobacco cigarettes but also, among the teenagers. Prevalence of vaping seems to be on the rise rapidly among young adults and teenagers across the world. This is a fact even though buying vape products before the age of 18 is illegal. However, many feel that vaping is an effective way of substituting…

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Added by Silvia Watson on October 19, 2018 at 11:45am — No Comments

As Michael Approached

As Michael Approached

I just got to ride on Wednesday this week. There was off and on rain, and a pretty persistent drizzle while we drove to the stable. Debbie had called me to make sure I was still coming out, but when I told her that this would be my only chance to ride this week and I was willing to dodge the raindrops she told me to come on out.…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on October 13, 2018 at 3:55pm — No Comments

All Three Horses Point to my Right Hand

All Three Horses Point to my Right Hand

Last Sunday I rode a still sore Cider. When I went to buy the supplement that worked somewhat on Cider's arthritis the feed store was out, so I got the “Stop the Pain” supplement after consulting with Shannon. By Sunday Cider had been on the new supplement (AND a feed that included some supplements that help arthritis) for a week. Shannon was happy that…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on October 6, 2018 at 11:23am — No Comments

Finally, an Acceptable Bit

Finally, an Acceptable Bit

This week, after the promised three weeks in the 23mm egg-butt stainless steel snaffle, I went back to experimenting with my new collection of titanium coated snaffle bits with Coach. Debbie and I both decided that, due to Coach's extreme fussiness with bits off contact, we should next try the titanium coated Mullen mouth snaffle. This bit addresses two of Coach's…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on September 29, 2018 at 11:03am — No Comments

“Bad mood “?…or maybe an ulcer.

Equine vets are filling up on the latest, smartest research this week at the British Equine Vet Congress.  We all benefit , don’t we?... as new evidence trickles into our barns, it changes our treatments and traditions. It often changes our minds.

Here’s just one of  the top seminar tweets…”Based on Dr.…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on September 24, 2018 at 4:02pm — No Comments

We Survived Florence

We Survived Florence

Tropical storm Florence messed up my riding last week. While I got my lesson in, I did not ride Mia that Friday because I was afraid that the lowering air pressure would aggravate her arthritic joints and Sunday I did not ride because of the storm. But my power stayed on throughout the storm, I had the internet, and I did not have to go outside to take care of animals, so…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on September 22, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Halt at X.

Credit: Dana's Doodles

Like bookends to the dressage pattern’s rhythm and brilliance, the halt is a moment to compose beforehand and reflect afterwards. This week Jill Irving reflected on her FEI WEG performance regarding the challenge of the…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on September 16, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments

What is "Prism-Equus"

What is “Prism-Equus”?

Linda Finstad is a world renowned equine photographer who spent many, many years capturing the beauty and grace of horses on camera.  Her work in the field fostered a deep fascination for equine body language and communication which lead to her book “How to De-code equine body language” in which Linda Finstad uses photography coupled with years of experience and research Linda Finstad to reveal the secret language of…

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Added by Linda Finstad on September 10, 2018 at 7:03am — No Comments

More Adventures in Trying Bits

More Adventures in Trying Bits

I spent this week trying out my new bits on all three horses, Cider, Coach and Mia.

Last Sunday I rode Cider. She was still quite stiff from her arthritis though Shannon thinks that she has improved some on the arthritis supplement. I figured that a different bit would give her something new to…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on September 8, 2018 at 1:21pm — No Comments

It Seems Like Coach Prefers a Center Joint

It Seems Like Coach Prefers a Center Joint

This week I learned that Coach can communicate with great subtlety.

I was all excited when I got to the stable for my lesson on Wednesday. I had put my new three piece titanium coated “rainbow” egg-butt snaffle (with a lozenge) on my bridle to try out on Coach. When it came time to…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on September 1, 2018 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Could It Be the Center Joint?

Could It Be the Center Joint?

I used my new Ovation titanium coated D-ring single jointed anatomic mouth bit on Coach for the second time during my lesson on Wednesday. The grinding of the bit between his teeth was greatly reduced this time, he ground the bit some at tacking up and being led to the ring, but it was not as “furious” as before. When I started my ride he ground the bit a few…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on August 25, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

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