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Understanding How Distant Reiki Works

There is a lot of curiosity around how Reiki healing works but once people are open to it and can experience what a treatment feels like they realise how healing the practice can be. Distant healings is something else that people find hard to grasp, so I have put together an article dispelling some of the myths about reiki…

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Added by Jason on April 15, 2019 at 10:45am — No Comments

Bingo Slowly Improves

Bingo Slowly Improves

The shedding season is in full force and the bug season is just about to start down here. Bingo hair is all over my saddle pad, my girth, my riding clothes, and tracked into my mini-van and house, Bingo hair is taking over my universe (with some help from Cider.) You'd think after weeks of weekly thorough groomings that the quantity would decrease, that his coat would look…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on April 13, 2019 at 10:29am — No Comments

A quality horseback riding lesson is key to achieve the ultimate horsemanship

Horse riding is a kind of sport that demands the skill of riding driving or vaulting with horses. With having such skill of this kind of a sport one can use horses for many practical purposes such as transportation, competitive sport of horse riding or recreational activities along with many cultural horse-related programs.

 

A General overview regarding the utility of horse riding…

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Added by Silvia Watson on April 8, 2019 at 1:00am — No Comments

Learning How to Use My Upper Thigh

Learning How to Use My Upper Thigh

Several weeks ago I had run into a quote from Stephen Peters that said that the lower legs do the driving aids and that the thighs do the collecting aids. From what Debbie has told me about how she gives her halting aids I knew that Debbie had already figured this out long ago, even it she had not put the idea forth in a pithy statement. After discussing this…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on April 6, 2019 at 1:57pm — No Comments

Essential Equine Health Care Products For Every Horse Owner

Horses are majestic and large animals, and they require a great deal of responsibility. For first-time horse owners and experienced horse owners alike, you’ll need a comprehensive list of horse care products to properly care for your horse. Here, we provide you a handy list…

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Added by Sandra Ericson on March 30, 2019 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Bingo's Selective Memory

Bingo's Selective Memory

Due to Debbie's endless list of tasks to get her stable ready for a show today I had to take my lesson on Thursday. I'm just glad that Debbie was able to fit me in!

When I got to the stable I noticed a sign in the wash stall, to NOT shed the horses out in the wash stall because all the hair had…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on March 30, 2019 at 10:56am — No Comments

Choosing the right set of horse riding boots

Horse riding is a fun-filled exercise. You get to experience adventure while embracing mother nature in its pristine form. One can spend an entire day in the English countryside while enjoying and admiring some breathtaking natural beauty.…

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Added by Eada Hudes on March 25, 2019 at 9:24am — No Comments

Bingo's Vacation Ends

Bingo's Vacation Ends

Bingo had a 8 month long vacation with nobody riding him at all. He's been fed, his hooves trimmed, and blanketed when needed (he lives outside), more than enough time for his body to heal from any little undetectable injuries. Debbie had started grooming out his winter coat the week before my lesson, getting a lot of hair off outside the barn.…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on March 23, 2019 at 10:29am — No Comments

I Will Be Changing My Lesson Horse

I Will Be Changing My Lesson Horse

My lesson on Wednesday was the usual. Cinnabar, came in with his usual “you again” sour expression, he did not particularly enjoy the grooming (mostly Debbie), and the overall impression I got from him was that he thinks he is overworked and “underpaid” (he gets fed plenty and has lots of turn-out with his buddies.)…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on March 16, 2019 at 11:07am — No Comments

Riding in the Drizzle

Riding in the Drizzle

This week I had a choice, I could ride in the drizzle or take my lesson on frozen footing.

I decided that getting damp was better than risking a wrenched fetlock joint.

Sunday I was really hoping that the precipitation would hold off…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on March 9, 2019 at 1:44pm — No Comments

At Least I Had a Lesson This Week

At Least I Had a Lesson This Week

I only got to ride on Wednesday this week, at least I got a lesson in!

Cinnabar was my lesson horse again. It was so warm I did not have to use any of my butt blankets. I think I felt a lesser degree of the muscles in his butt moving smoothly because we did not have the BOT butt blanket on.…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on March 2, 2019 at 11:20am — No Comments

Another Week of Not Riding

Another Week of Not Riding

The weather has been most uncooperative! Last Sunday Shannon's grass ring was just too wet, even for just walking around.

Wednesday I nervously watched the weather radar before my lesson. It showed rain in several places but not over the stable. Debbie called, I told her this, and we agreed to try…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on February 23, 2019 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Oakley Diaries 38 - The End of Our Beginning

   We did a dressage competition at the Royal Canadian Riding Academy last Saturday. We were riding the 2019 USEF Training Level Test 2. For the first time, a test result that came back and I'm quite happy with everything on it. The judge, I was told afterwards, judges FEI competitions, and has a reputation for marking hard and being picky, so it…

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Added by B. G. Hearns on February 21, 2019 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Are Horses in your DNA?

Have you ever wondered why you like horses? 

Hmm. “Like” is a very weak word to describe the connection 99% of horse lovers feel to horses.

Statements, such as horses are in your blood, and born to ride are common among horse people and understood at a core level.

Which begs the question are horses in our DNA?  Are we (some of us) hard wired to carry the horse lover gene?

Artist /…

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Added by Linda Finstad on February 21, 2019 at 8:20am — No Comments

Can Investing in "Prim-Equus" Make You Rich?

We have all heard of the fantastic prices some pieces of art fetch at auction especially when created by some famous painter like Monet or Salvador Dali

The style of these two painters are polar opposite, however they have one very important thing in common  - they both were the originators of a particular style of art. 

Way back in 1860 Claude Monet was one of the first artists to paint in the “Impressionist” style, he was…

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Added by Linda Finstad on February 17, 2019 at 10:05am — No Comments

Two Creaky Old Ladies

Two Creaky Old Ladies

Yesterday I got to ride Mia. When I got to the stable the stable hands told me the Mia had hung around the barn UNTIL someone asked if I, Jackie, was coming. Mia immediately headed out to the furthest part of the pen she was in, out to the other side of the riding ring. Then they told me she had done the same thing earlier, hanging around the barn until someone mentions my…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on February 16, 2019 at 11:39am — 1 Comment

I Feel Secure While Trotting

I Feel Secure While Trotting

I know that this is an unusual new event for a rider with 45 years of riding. When I learned to post the trot at age 6 I had no problems and until my MS ruined my balance, proprioceptive sense, coordination, etc., I always felt secure trotting. However, for the last 5 years or so I started to feel like my breeches had a surface of slick glass as I started shifting…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on February 9, 2019 at 11:33am — No Comments

Horse Care 101 - All You Need to Know

Horses are far from your average pet. In fact, they are beautiful, majestic creatures. Owning a horse can be very exciting but at the same time, owning a horse also comes with a great deal of responsibility.

It’s important that you know all there is to know about how to care for a horse, observing what good horse health looks like, and when you need to call a veterinarian.

What You Need To Know…

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Added by Sandra Ericson on February 4, 2019 at 11:58am — 1 Comment

Some Added Security in the Saddle

Some Added Security in the Saddle

This week I tried something new.

Several weeks ago, on the COTH Forum, when I asked about hip protection, another rider recommended a new product, rubbery pads that self-stick onto the saddle.

Ever since I started riding…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on February 2, 2019 at 11:26am — No Comments

A Change Brings Me Back to Start

A Change Brings Me Back to Start

Debbie called me earlier in the week asking if I could postpone my lesson until 12:30 P.M. as she wanted to be with her grandson as he got ear-tubes Wednesday morning. Since it was going to be cold early in the day, and it was going to be even colder later in the week I agreed. We had never had a lesson where he had been turned out for hours previously so I was…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on January 26, 2019 at 11:19am — No Comments

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