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Indirectly Helping MJ's Knee

Indirectly Helping MJ's Knee

I approached my lesson on Wednesday full of confidence. I now have my own, private, set of front leg boots for MJ. I don't have to tire myself by hunting for them anymore, they are clean, and I can be SURE that MJ's right knee feels more comfortable while moving.

For me while riding MJ this boot…


Added by Jackie Cochran on September 17, 2022 at 1:27pm — No Comments

No Boots, No Go

No Boots, No Go

The heat and humidity are not letting up much down here in NC.

Since forgetting to put on my Q30 collar I now put it on before I leave the house. At least my brain is protected from moving around in my skull as the car moves over the sometimes bumpy roads and driveways. It felt tight at first but by the time…


Added by Jackie Cochran on September 10, 2022 at 11:41am — No Comments



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Added by Caroline Akervik on September 8, 2022 at 5:22pm — No Comments

My Ankle Acts Up

My Ankle Acts Up

Last week I wanted to get out of the house. I walked down the gravel road to see the neighbor's horses in their paddocks, I just wanted to see horses and I wanted to smell them too! I walked with my two canes, slowly and carefully, and I never felt anything wrong.

That afternoon my right ankle swelled up,…


Added by Jackie Cochran on September 3, 2022 at 10:27am — No Comments

Thick vs Thin

Some people like ’em thic. Others prefer long and lean..

Maybe our preference for body type is subconsciously based more in a preference for temperament type than build. More than we realize at least.

Studies in cattle have long since shown that the size of bone directly correlates to temperament. The smaller the bone the higher strung the cattle. Thicker bone shows quieter cattle.

That same thing can be see when we look at horses. An easy comparison is draft horse to…


Added by Noche Miller on August 31, 2022 at 11:31am — No Comments

A Good Cushion Can Help

A Good Cushion Can Help

I got to try my new ThinLine shock absorbing pad on MJ during my lesson on Wednesday.

Addison helped me groom MJ and tack him up until Debbie drove up. We put MJ's Fenwick Western pad on first with the ThinLine+ Contour pad on top of it, then the saddle. I had brought out a longer girth just in case…


Added by Jackie Cochran on August 20, 2022 at 10:56am — No Comments

Time for a Change

Time for a Change

Sorry I've been gone for a while. NOTHING much was happening, sometimes the weather did not cooperate with my riding, Shannon had health problems, and sometimes my gut was not happy with the world. MJ has decided that his old method of making his back as hard as concrete is the way to go in the riding ring.…


Added by Jackie Cochran on August 13, 2022 at 10:23am — No Comments

A Science And An Art

Science is beginning to prove that whorls really are connected deeply to temperament.
Which we have known all along.
Between finding the genes behind the whorls and temperament, and clinical studies showing strong similarities between reactions of animals with matching whorl types they have covered correlation and causation.
We can be sure that whorls are related to temperament.
The question…

Added by Noche Miller on August 3, 2022 at 9:37am — No Comments

Equestrian Author Podcast

I have some rather exciting news and something a bit unusual to announce.
I had the pleasure of interviewing with Carly Kade a while back for her wonderful podacst, Equestrian Author Spotlight. It’s such a fun podcast to listen, all sorts of great authors to hear about and a fun place to find new book recommendations. It was an honor to get to be among those…

Added by Noche Miller on July 30, 2022 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Finally Some Progress

Finally Some Progress

The same old, the same old, how many times can I write an interesting blog when nothing changes? That is why I have been absent, nothing much new happened.

MJ got a bad case of thrush under his full pad for his navicular disease, so now he is just in regular shoes still according to the alignment of his…


Added by Jackie Cochran on July 16, 2022 at 11:23am — No Comments

Introverts, So Often Misunderstood

Have you ever found yourself hiding from children? Wishing they would be still and leave you just a moments peace and quiet? Not that you don't love them. Do you feel drained and exhausted after time spent at parties or with groups of people? Not that you don't like them. Is time alone necessary to your survival and peace of mind?
Is so, you might be an…

Added by Noche Miller on July 12, 2022 at 10:03am — No Comments

Horse Heads, It's In The Breed

Are there certain whorls that are more common in certain breeds?
Perhaps. In one study just over 50 percent of Thoroughbreds were found to have high whorls. It’s a majority but leaves plenty of room in there for other whorls.
The thing that is more common in breeds is head shape.…

Added by Noche Miller on June 26, 2022 at 5:54pm — No Comments

A Time for Ice Vests

A Time for Ice Vests

It has been HOT down here in the southern central part of NC. Weeks of highs in the 90s F, with some days getting over 100 F, and it is humid. Thunderstorms roll through some afternoons and I hear thunder all around me, the lights flicker (and stay on, I am fortunate) and the air conditioning feels pretty good compared to outside.…


Added by Jackie Cochran on June 18, 2022 at 10:48am — No Comments

Denny Emerson; Old Dog, New tricks

At 80 years old, Denny Emerson is an undeniably an old dog in the horse industry, challenging us through his example to learn new tricks.…


Added by Paige Lockton-Wilde on June 10, 2022 at 4:22pm — No Comments

R.I.P. Mia

R.I.P. Mia

Last Sunday, Debbie put Mia, the bay mare in my avatar photo, down. Mia was somewhere around 40 years old and looked it. Debbie had been quibbling about putting Mia down for over a month, I said goodbye several times, then Debbie would tell me she just could not go through with putting her down. Mia might have been OLD, but turned out with the other really old horses she finally…


Added by Jackie Cochran on June 4, 2022 at 10:42am — 1 Comment

William Micklem on the Three S's: Keep it Safe, Simple and Sunny

When I met William Micklem in February of 1989, I must confess that I had no idea of who he was. Forgive me, but I was only 18 years old, and the Internet hadn’t been invented yet! At the time, the only horsey news I received was the monthly Corinthian Horse Sport…

Added by Paige Lockton-Wilde on May 21, 2022 at 2:12pm — No Comments

What it Takes to Succeed in Sport and Life

People looking in from the outside of someone's life - someone in the middle of pulling off miracles of athleticism or resilience - often wonder how on earth they do it. From the outside, it can look impossible to the rest of us, like some sort of Magic! That's because we…

Added by Paige Lockton-Wilde on May 21, 2022 at 2:02pm — No Comments

Resilience, Change and the Sport of Three-Day Eventing


Added by Paige Lockton-Wilde on May 21, 2022 at 1:52pm — No Comments

Still at a Standstill

Still at a Standstill

Sometimes it seems like nothing ever changes much. Since January 2020 when I got Covid-19 the pandemic has really messed up my riding life. I am not alone, I know, but I am getting FRUSTRATED even though the idea of progress with elderly Not Quite Right (NQR) horses is sort of ludicrous. I am equally frustrated by the reduction in effective physical therapy for my MS,…


Added by Jackie Cochran on May 21, 2022 at 10:45am — No Comments

Older Horses' Legs

Older Horses' Legs

As horses get older and all the shocks from hooves landing at speed accumulate horses' joints tend to get REALLY sensitive when the weather changes. This spring has been chock full of weather changes, days of really nice weather, then the Polar Vortex visits us and all the cold weather gear has to come out yet again, over and over again. Springtime is not always wonderful for…


Added by Jackie Cochran on April 23, 2022 at 2:17pm — No Comments

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