Added by Anna Blake on April 18, 2014 at 8:34am — No Comments
Ah, little Mo. She's really quite a cute thing. I flew home on Thursday night, Friday morning, I worked the boys, then it was time (well, two hours past where I wanted to be), to take Mo over to the show and school. Tack box in the trailer, Mo walked up and tested me... are you going to try and pull me into the…Continue
Added by MagsNMe on April 14, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments
I’m Getting So Very Tired
I had another wonderful week of three rides, and all my rides were in absolutely beautiful spring weather. The only downside is that it is becoming more and more apparent that I’ve lost just about all the physical progress I’d made over the past 6-7 years. I post the trot for maybe a quarter of the ring and I have to rest. My previously taut muscles have lost all their tone. I get off the horse and I am so tired that I do not walk well. And there I am…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on April 13, 2014 at 5:22pm — No Comments
There’s a way that a mare can pin her ears back so hard that they make almond-shaped divots on her neck hairs. You don’t have to know much about horses to pick up on that cue. It’s big and dark and she looks like a serpent. By the time this is happening, there is even an argument she will have a hard time hearing you, literally, what with her ear drums…
Finally--I Rode Three Times This Week
Maybe the Universe is starting to smile on me again. Maybe I will be able to stop the relentless degradation of my body. Maybe I can finally start to recover from my MS exacerbation.
The first week of December 2013 I rode four times. Since then the most I’ve ridden in a week was two times around a month ago. I am walking a little better but my physical fitness took a big hit this winter, I am weaker and my muscles just won’t…Continue
Today, a horse actually BIT me... I mean REALLY!
No, it wasn't one of mine. Mine know that it's a very big offence... Maggie used to grab my shirt (only!), if I was talking to someone and I should have been paying attention to her. Havoc might miss a carrot or apple and graze my hand. That's it. So, how did I possibly get bit?!
I was taking Mo back to her paddock, a longer way than usual, because it's pretty wet out, and I was walking close to another paddock to stay on…Continue
I have a confession. I shop-lifted when I was in high school. No, I don’t seem like the type. It was the only time I ever stole anything and what they say is right:…
Added by Lindsay Grice on March 31, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments
I just read a very interesting article in Equus... it was about how spending many hours with their human is stressful and hard on horses. Made a lot of sense. The example they gave was a weekend warrior, spending all day Saturday with her horse... I'd be pissed off with that woman too!
I know some folks that ride multiple horses in an evening, so the horses get a cursory groom, a ride, a cool out and off they go. That may actually be a favour to them, not something to worry about. …Continue
Mia Is Not Too Pleased With Me
I finally got to ride on Wednesday, the first time in two weeks. Between all the extra traveling I’ve had to do, the lingering effects of my MS exacerbation plus an absolutely horrible head cold I was too sick and exhausted to ride last week.
Wednesday dawned bright and cold. Mia was NOT happy to be brought in. I could not really blame her, the wind was from the North and it was bitterly cold. Debbie groomed her, but I did not…Continue
Added by Anna Blake on March 28, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
"He's just resisting everything!" Maddie called to me in frustration as she butchered a shoulder-in at the trot on her gelding, Indy. (Somewhere in the world a French cavalry officer was rolling in his grave.) I said "Bring it down to the walk and let's see what you are doing." Maddie deftly performed a gorgeous…Continue
My client’s mare is lovely; a very well-bred athletic horse. When my client bought her, the previous owner suggested my client get a cowboy to ride her at first, she needed spurs all the time and the horse was ‘mare-y‘, whatever that means. I get a little…
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Added by Barnmice Media on March 20, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Let's be fair, all horses are characters, if we take the time to get to know them. Everyone who spends lots of time will find amusing quirks and peculiarities and will gather a collection of anecdotes. This horse is okay on the road until he sees a painted bicycle symbol. That one doesn't like potted plants. This one loves dogs, that one hates 'em.
Added by B. G. Hearns on March 17, 2014 at 7:19pm — No Comments
There's a discussion currently going on via Facebook around horse shows, and there are two issues: lack of horse shows and footing. The contention being that footing will drive attendance at a given show. We all have different opinions about what constitutes good footing. The place that the two big shows in the province are held has footing great for jumping, but, in MY opinion, it is too sticky for dressage, and can be really tough on a young horse. It's also quite expensive to get the…Continue
Added by MagsNMe on March 14, 2014 at 3:32pm — No Comments
Added by Anna Blake on March 14, 2014 at 9:04am — No Comments
Striking Results From Minimal Use
First, my apologies to my readers for not having a blog for a month. These first three months of 2014 have been among the most challenging of my life and I have not been able to ride more than once a week, a BIG comedown from three times a week. Amazingly I have made some progress with the horses with using the Back on Track stuff for just 30-45 minutes a week.
Fortunately, before my life fell apart, I ordered more Back on Track stuff for the…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on March 13, 2014 at 12:44pm — No Comments
Today I burst into tears at the mere mention of blocking Mr Havoc's leg...
A year and a half ago, his aunt, my Maggie, was lame, and we blocked her leg, without first x-raying, because that's normal, and she broke her leg and had to be put down immediately.
So, the mere thought of doing it with him was more than I could bear. The x-ray machine wasn't working, and this was the only other thing they could do 'right now' to figure out why he is a bit off. Luckily, it was the…Continue
This is an approximation of my conversation with my eldest daughter (a beginner rider, 9 years old):
DD1: What if the horse spooks today when I ride?
Me: Well, try to focus on sitting deep in the saddle, staying relaxed and being a quiet leader.
DD1: But I could fall off!
Me: But you didn't yesterday, right?
DD1: But I could!
Me: Yes, but you might not. And the horse might not spook, as the snow isn't melting as much today. So the arena's roof…Continue