I Put My Feet “Home” in the Stirrups
I find that trying to do the “rider's push-ups” is quite challenging for me. Until my lesson on Wednesday EVERY TIME I did a “rider's push-up” I felt like I was teetering forward and back in my stirrups, my right stirrup still felt 2 holes longer than my left stirrup, and I had a great fear of falling head long over my horse's shoulder. In order to get my…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on September 23, 2017 at 2:02pm — No Comments
Had a little chuckle in the produce section yesterday J
Hmmm…the process of choosing just the right melon includes the 3 things I consider in choosing just the right solution to offer a horse and rider!
LOOK- We scan the melons comparing one to another - any…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on September 13, 2017 at 8:14pm — No Comments
As I Strengthen My Hip Joints
Ever since I re-started taking lessons, my long term goal has been to gallop and jump again. I became so very, very week after my car wreck and the ensuing frequent exacerbations of my Multiple Sclerosis, until I was just too weak to ride faster than a walk. Through riding horses I started to regain my strength, but each exacerbation wipes out a LOT of my strength…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on September 9, 2017 at 11:56am — No Comments
Have I FINALLY Found the Key to “Unlocking” My Hips?
This had been a wonderful week for my riding! Last Wednesday I started doing the “rider's push-up” exercise and I had mad and wild fantasies about jumping again, so I did not immediately notice all the other good things that this exercise is doing for my seat on horseback. The “rider's push-up” is very simple and it does not cost a penny for…Continue
Bingo Did Not Like the Change in His Routine
When I arrived at the stable on Wednesday for my lesson, Debbie had to go and search the stalls for Bingo. When she brought him out Bingo was obviously in a high dudgeon over something, it turned out that Bingo was not put in his regular feeding stall, and he WAS NOT HAPPY. Ignoring the hay in front of him Bingo fussed over everything, so Debbie gave…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on August 26, 2017 at 1:47pm — No Comments
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