I can still hear my early instructors barking at me. Like any novice, while I focused on keeping my horse going or identifying the right diagonal, my hands would elevate and bounce around. But the more I tried to force them down, the stiffer and more jarring they became. As a coach, I make it a goal to…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on April 24, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments
When I arrived at Debbie’s barn her daughter, Sam, was hosing down a TALL chestnut mare’s left hock. Another mare had kicked her there during turnout, and it was swelling. When Debbie’s granddaughter led Bingo to me, I had her tie him up several stalls down from the wash stalls because the mare was not happy at all about being hosed. Then Sam had to get Debbie’s help because the mare refused, refused, and refused again to take her medicine. So I had to start…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on April 22, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments
I learned equitation fundamentals to the repetitive tune of “head up, heels down!” trotting around and around the riding school ring. I aquired the “whats” of riding in those early years, but didn’t get good answers to my “whys!” It’s a shame – if I’d grasped the logic and the science behind…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on April 17, 2017 at 10:16am — No Comments
Winter Tries to Return
This week was full of physical soreness for me, and changing weather for the horses.
When I arrived at Debbie’s stable Wednesday morning for my lesson I told Debbie that I was not up to much activity. That suited Debbie just fine; she had to give her soon to be endurance horse, the Arab gelding Tercel, another ride before her first formal long distance ride to get him used to his new endurance bridle and breastplate. She also wanted my opinion on how…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on April 8, 2017 at 12:05pm — No Comments
Bingo Tells Me That I Am Just Not Steady Enough
Wednesday morning was beautiful, cool enough so I could wear my Back on Track back and neck wraps and warm enough that I could wear my spring riding tights and just a light jacket against the remaining morning chill. The sun was shining, the breeze was balmy, and the horses were happily soaking up the sun.
I did not use the BOT hock boots, since Bingo had made painfully clear that he really does not like them. Of course,…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on April 1, 2017 at 11:52am — No Comments
Hello Just joining the group I live on Gabriola Island BC, we have a 5 A property and not to brag but our riding ring is situated so both horse and rider have a view of the ocean! So yes we are spoiled have a look at www.explorethemaples.com ; Does any one live near by?
Added by Brenda Fowler on March 26, 2017 at 3:49pm — No Comments
A Different Type of Stirrup Leather
This week was so much better for me; I got to ride three times on three different horses! The weather cooperated as far as precipitation, though there was a cold North wind each morning. At least it was above freezing all three mornings, a big improvement over last week.
My riding teacher, Debbie, has been making me work on my lower leg more as I have been adapting to my latest saddle, the Pegasus Butterfly saddle. Due to this saddle’s…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on March 25, 2017 at 11:54am — No Comments
Added by Helen Stassen on March 21, 2017 at 4:27pm — No Comments
Bitter Cold and Warmer Rains Interfere With My Riding
My apologies for missing three weeks of blogging. What is there to say--lows in the 20’s F, and often rain on the days that were warm enough for my scheduled lessons. It is hopefully the last gasp of winter. I do take comfort with the idea that several nights in the low 20’s F after weeks of warm, spring like weather may kill many fly larvae, reducing the plague of flies that come to the Southern states during the spring or…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on March 18, 2017 at 12:56pm — No Comments
Iron is an essential micromineral in the horse's diet and nature has provided an abundance of it in soils, plants and water. Deficiencies in this mineral are very rare while excess amounts are all too common and can affect a horse's health in detrimental ways. If your horse has any immune…Continue
Added by Jean Klosowicz on March 12, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Added by Helen Stassen on March 3, 2017 at 7:50pm — No Comments
As a mother of three (and grandmother, too) I know how important it is to build strength and confidence in your children. When my kids grew up in Germany, there were no ipods or tablets, and 'playing' meant running outside and getting knocked around a bit.
Today, my kids are strong and confident adults, who learned to ride a bike, swim, climb a tree, build sand castles, balance on climbing beams, build wood huts on 'adventure playgrounds', spend a (scary) night sleeping in their tree…Continue
Added by Stefanie Reinhold on February 27, 2017 at 5:34pm — No Comments
i WAS JUST CURIOUS. I RECENTLY PURCHASED A BEAUTIFUL WESTERN SADDLE. DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THERE IS A WAY TO TELL IF ITS A PARADE SADDLE OR A SHOW SADDLE? I HAVEBLOOKED ALL OVER THE INTERNET WITH NOT MUCH LUCK. THANKS FOR ANY ADVICE/HELP IN THE MATTER!…Continue
Added by Angie Pearson on February 27, 2017 at 12:34pm — No Comments
Added by Helen Stassen on February 27, 2017 at 12:12pm — No Comments
Riding the Horse That is Brought out for You
When I started riding in 1957, there was a different culture around in the riding lesson world. Stables that gave riding lessons did not have perfectly conformed or perfectly trained horses. There were several reasons for that. One reason was cost, perfectly conformed and trained horses have always been EXPENSIVE animals and no riding stable wasted these rare animals in a lesson program with ever changing riders of various abilities…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on February 25, 2017 at 3:45pm — No Comments
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Added by Hannah Freeman on February 23, 2017 at 9:11am — No Comments
You used to really enjoy riding but now its becoming more and more of a problem... the excuses as to why you can't ride. Its too windy, its too rainy, its too cold, its too......
This is now having a real impact on your life. You are being held back from the…Continue
Added by Hannah Freeman on February 23, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments
A great way to stay in shape is to head outdoors on your favourite steed! Take extra time to warm up your horse's cold muscles by spending more time at the walk and trot before venturing into deep snow or at faster speeds. Cooling down also takes longer because of the heavier winter coat,…Continue
Added by Jean Klosowicz on February 19, 2017 at 12:22am — No Comments
If you are anything like me I am really due for another saddle, but because of the big price tag that is usually attached to purchasing 'the right one', I knew I had to look at my budget and…Continue
Added by Jean Klosowicz on February 19, 2017 at 12:04am — No Comments