Pigs, Buzz-Bombers, Heat, Humidity, Oh My!
I had an interesting ride on Cider last Sunday at Shannon's farm. As Shannon saddled Cider I say my first buzz-bomber fly of the year, upsetting Cider, but she calmed down when Shannon put more fly spray on her and then put on her Amigo Fly-Rider exercise sheet and neck covering.…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on August 19, 2017 at 11:39am — No Comments
Jim Wofford wrote an insightful piece a while ago in Practical Horseman on the “mindless application of equipment, regardless of whether it is suitable for this horse at this stage of training.”
What do you think?
He said, “Nosebands are one of my many irritants…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on August 17, 2017 at 9:45am — No Comments
My Base of Support Improves
This week, as I walked and trotted around the riding rings, I had to spend a LOT of time up in two-point at Debbie's stable because both Bingo's and Mia's backs were sorer than usual. Bingo had been used in a beginner lesson the day before, he is ALWAYS stiffer after someone else rides him, and Debbie had changed Mia's arthritis supplement because Mia had…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on August 12, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments
On a Nova Scotia horse judging trip, how cool to detour for some whale watching with my son and his friend!
As horse gals we pondered what it would be like to ride 'em!…
Added by Lindsay Grice on August 11, 2017 at 7:04pm — No Comments
Cleaning and Conditioning Some Saddles
First, my rides. Last Sunday it was BEAUTIFUL, it was relatively cool, it was not very humid, the sun was shining through gorgeous white fluffy clouds, and I was so glad that I got to ride Cider! Not that Cider is any happier with my riding, she still points out how my balance is just too horrible to expect any straightness from her, so I have to…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on August 5, 2017 at 11:50am — No Comments
Mystical, humorous or deliberately elusive – the terms we use in the horse business can leave a rider scratching her head. I was a coach’s worst nightmare - “What do you mean by that?” I’d ask . I rarely got a meaningful answer.
When coaching ,I’ll often press a rider to explain a term they’ve used.…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on July 31, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments
It Takes a Great Amount of Time
Instead of another boring tale of another boring ride on Bingo, this week I will describe WHY Bingo's rehabilitation takes so much time. When I started riding Bingo on April 6, 2016, my first impression of Bingo's conformation was that he was a total disaster as far as suitability for a fine riding horse. Bingo had a VERY high croup, his back definitely sloped…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on July 29, 2017 at 2:35pm — No Comments
Heading off to a show this weekend?.
(condensed from hunter judge, Laura Kelland ‘s May17 blog)
DON’T go to the show if:
Added by Lindsay Grice on July 29, 2017 at 10:35am — No Comments
I spent April travelling in Europe. I worked out a tour of sites I've long wanted to visit, for a variety of reasons. Of course horse-history is a big part of that, so I thoroughly enjoyed going to museums full of horse-armour and getting a definitive answer to a question that has bugged me for a long while, about the size of horses in the middle ages. It turns…Continue
Rebel Without a Cause
This week we are having a heat wave down here in NC, hot and humid, the type of weather where sweat drips off of my face. Today I did not ride Mia because the dew point was 75° F, and it is supposed to get up to 97° F in the shade. All week I had been…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on July 21, 2017 at 12:40pm — No Comments
Bingo Obviously NEEDS his BOT Exercise Sheet
This year North Carolina is having a true Southern Summer. Hot, humid, highs in the low 90s F, heat indexes going up over 100 F. Yesterday it was already 74 F at 6:00 AM, and as the sun rose the temperature quickly increased. I rode Mia for just 25 min. and I was hot and sweaty. We only walked so Mia did not overtly sweat, but her coat was definitely…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on July 15, 2017 at 10:53am — No Comments
Bingo Behaved During the Summer Horse Camp!
Two weeks ago Debbie had her Summer Camp for kids. This is the second year Bingo was used in the camp, before the first one I had been riding Bingo for 3 months, and he was not a good boy—he inverted and ran away with his little rider, who then fell off. He was wearing a soft rubber D-ring single jointed snaffle that year. Debbie did not use him the…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on July 8, 2017 at 10:25am — No Comments
Cider Likes Her New “Hat”
Last week I only got to ride once since Debbie had summer camp. Fortunately I have something new to report about my relationship with Cider!
Cider, an Arab/Welsh pony mare in her twenties, and I had been in a sort of frustrating round of identical rides week after week. With the help of my Kerrits…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on June 24, 2017 at 2:46pm — No Comments
Added by Helen Stassen on June 20, 2017 at 7:43am — No Comments
It's almost the middle of show season and after months of preparation, training and schooling, horses are expected to be at their best and perform unconditionally. Many horse owners are quick (and excited!) to purchase new tack and equipment, new show clothing, take extra lessons and even switch up…Continue
Added by Jean Klosowicz on June 18, 2017 at 5:35pm — No Comments
An Arabian Mare Can Touch My Soul
Summer has arrived down here in North Carolina, and so far this is the type of summer I remember from decades ago, HOT, MUGGY, and with many afternoon thunderstorms. Within a minute of stepping outside the sweat starts, and unless there is a breeze the modern summer tech fabric shirts and tights do not work very well. At least we are not in a drought this year,…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on June 17, 2017 at 3:44pm — No Comments
Both Bingo and I Were Under Par on Wednesday
When I arrived at the barn on Wednesday I was already tired. On Monday we had driven a long distance to see my son and grandson up in Asheboro, NC for dinner. Then on Tuesday I had to go a long distance to see the periodontist, go by the tack store, then to Charlotte for several hours. I told Debbie I would not be able to do much. Well, guess what,…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on June 10, 2017 at 12:33pm — No Comments
Instead of donning a red tail ribbon, train towards and attitude adjustment.
Added by Lindsay Grice on June 7, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments
It’s not uncommon at open shows to see a red ribbon fastened on the tail of a horse. The message? Stay away. I kick.
if your horse’s territorial nature has gone so far as to warrant a red ribbon it's time to go back and do some homework before going off property. (More on that next…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on June 5, 2017 at 1:41pm — No Comments
Bingo Does Not Want to do a Slow Walk
Wednesday was a wonderful day for riding, for early summer. Since I bought my Kerrits IceFil tights with the silicon full seat, I have stayed pretty cool, but on Wednesday my body said NO when I went to put on my grain leather half chaps, so I rode in my Moxie Air-Puff ventilated half chaps though they are a little bit…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on June 3, 2017 at 12:03pm — No Comments