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The Heat Wave was Hard on Me

The Heat Wave was Hard on Me

I ride earlier in the morning during the summer, 8:00 AM, and while the temperatures were somewhat lower in the heat wave it still felt like a sauna when I opened my front door. I wore my summertime technical fabric riding clothes and my ice vest so I could at least ride some without too much harm but between riding and getting my house ready for house-guests that…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on July 27, 2019 at 10:29am — No Comments

I Try Another Bit with Bingo

I Try Another Bit with Bingo

Hot, humid weather down here in the South. The lows have been in the mid 70's F, which sounds really pleasant until I open my front door into a sauna. I really appreciate being able to ride earlier in the morning during the summer heat, but the humidity tends to be worse earlier in the morning. My ice vest is really helping me to cope with the heat, I am so glad I…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on July 13, 2019 at 11:25am — No Comments

Bingo "Forgets" Stuff at Summer Camp

Bingo “Forgets” Stuff at Summer Camp

Last week I had to delay my lesson from Wednesday to even earlier on Thursday since the stable got a load of timothy hay delivered, and they wanted to store it right away since rain was forecast for later in the day. All week I had obsessed over how Bingo did in the camp, but I did not call because everyone at the stable had a busy week.…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on July 6, 2019 at 11:17am — No Comments

The Oakley Diaries 40: Riding a Bicycle

   Really. It turns out that a good way to think about riding is to think about riding a bicycle. Especially jumping, but dressage, too. I was warming up last Wednesday, when J.H. commented to one of the students in the class that was just finishing up, that they needed to look up, not at the jump (a problem I struggle with) and used the analogy that one does not look at the wheel of one's bicycle when riding, one looks ahead, down the street and guides the bicycle around whatever dangers…

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Added by B. G. Hearns on July 2, 2019 at 12:12am — 1 Comment

I Work on Stabilization

I Work on Stabilization

Debbie's first summer camp is next week so both of my rides on Bingo this week were geared to continuing his preparation for being a lesson horse for a kid who may not ride well.

I found this mildly frustrating, it really needed to be done but I had to take a break on developing Bingo's impulse. Bingo…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on June 22, 2019 at 11:37am — No Comments

I Prepare Bingo for Riding Camp

I Prepare Bingo for Riding Camp

First an update on ice vests. When I realized that my FlexiFreeze ice vest was causing me an allergic reaction to the neoprene I went on-line to see what other ice vests were available. I found the Kool Max ice vest from Polar Products. It is not as flexible as the FlexiFreeze vest since instead of lots of ice cubes enclosed in plastic the Kool Max vest uses 4” x…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on June 15, 2019 at 11:35am — No Comments

Trying Out My New Ice Vest

Trying Out My New Ice Vest

I have MS. Heat is bad for people with MS. This year my body told me that my wonderful technical fabric summer cooling shirt and breeches were not enough, and a long term forecast I saw warned of the possibility of over a month with no relief or rain (fortunately that forecast was not completely accurate, it has cooled down a little and we are getting rain…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on June 8, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments

Bingo's Mouth Stayed Closed!

Bingo's Mouth Stayed Closed!

But first an update on Cider. She has been flinching just about every step (though more or less trotting “sound”) so when it came time in my budgeting I finally gave in and got her some Back on Track stuff. I bought her exercise boots, for both the fore legs and her hind legs, and a BOT exercise sheet. It is getting hotter so we just use the exercise sheet after we…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on June 1, 2019 at 11:16am — No Comments

A Single Jointed Bradoon Improves Contact

A Single Jointed Bradoon Improves Contact

As I lay thinking about my previous week's lesson I decided I had to do SOMETHING about Bingo's bradoon on the double bridle. Since the French-link eggbutt bradoon seemed to be encouraging sucking back, iffy contact except for a few steps, and great resistance to halting and backing up, and I decided that Francis Dwyer might have a good point about…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on May 25, 2019 at 11:58am — No Comments

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The Final Cold Morning of the Season

The Final Cold Morning of the Season

This Wednesday morning it was quite crisp, 45°F with a brisk breeze at dawn and it did not warm up much in time for my lesson. I had to put my cold weather breeches back on and I could wear my BOT back brace without getting too hot. I even used my home-made bit warmer on the bits.…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on May 18, 2019 at 11:32am — No Comments

Is the Double Bridle EASIER for Horses to Understand?

Is the Double Bridle EASIER for Horses to Understand?

This week was the fourth time I used a double bridle on Bingo. I continue to be totally amazed how this horse who was VERY resistant to hand aids has settled down and is now showing definite signs of understanding my hand aids. Even though my curb rein is sagging enough so that I do not bring the curb chain into action, when I give hand aids…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on May 11, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The Oakley Diaries 39 - Winter is... Gone!

   The past two months have improved my abilities at an appropriately glacial pace. Winter came, snowed, thawed then froze, then snowed, then thawed and froze again, leaving a thick layer of ice covering everything. After the glacier subsided and the mud was something less than thick enough to suck the hooves off the horses, we have been continuing on with the task of subtle repositioning in the saddle, which is much harder than it sounds.

    The best way to describe it is to stand up,…

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Added by B. G. Hearns on May 9, 2019 at 8:03pm — 1 Comment

Creative Genius or Eccentric Old Bat?

Do you worry about how others view your actions or what they think about you?…

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Added by Linda Finstad on May 6, 2019 at 8:13am — No Comments

I Rode Bingo Twice This Week

I Rode Bingo Twice This Week

This was a good week, I got to ride Bingo 30 minutes at a walk twice this week, once for my lesson and then I FINALLY got a “homework” ride in.

Wednesday I was so glad to see that clouds of hair did not come off Bingo when Debbie groomed him! He is still shedding, but a lot of his undercoat and…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on May 4, 2019 at 11:24am — No Comments

We Check Out the Weymouth Curb

We Check Out the Weymouth Curb

One of the advantages of the double bridle is the ability to communicate with the horse at a level of great subtlety. The bradoon give the snaffle effect or course, like the Weymouth curb gives the curb effect, and the subtleness of the double bridle comes from how the rider uses both bits in combination. For most purposes the individual bits are used to indicate…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on April 27, 2019 at 1:28pm — No Comments

I Introduce Bingo to the Double Bridle

I Introduce Bingo to the Double Bridle

My French-link Egg-butt Bradoon bits finally arrived on Monday. Yeah! I got out my cob size bradoon hanger, found my longest Micklem bit straps and my new reins. My Hinterland notched reins stayed on my Wellep double-jointed snaffle since I really did not expect for Debbie to tell me to go ahead and use my made-up double bridle, but I went ahead and put my…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on April 20, 2019 at 11:04am — No Comments

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 — 1 Comment

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

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