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My New Bit Gives Me a Chance to Improve My Riding

My New Bit Gives Me a Chance to Improve My Riding

After looking at an ad for a Wellep bit for over a year, I finally had enough spare money to buy it. It was described, and the picture showed, a Wellep Mullen mouth Full Cheek Snaffle. The web site's title was Wellep Western Bit, which confused me because on the Wellep bit web site there was no mention of Western bits! I finally ordered it and…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on February 17, 2018 at 11:47am — No Comments

Horse learning: Licking and chewing-takin’ it with a grain of salt

Is it an AHA moment in a horse’s understanding? A sign of submission or a sigh of relief?

Always one to ask questions, I think a little differently about the licking and chewing thing  than I did in earlier years training horses. We recognize this mouth behaviour…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on February 14, 2018 at 6:55am — No Comments

The Cold Wind Just Drained All of My Energy

The Cold Wind Just Drained All of My Energy

Our extremely persistent moderate drought is easing. The ponds are filling up again, our local river has stopped looking like an easily fordable creek and we are seeing persistent mud again. This is good in many ways, at least the soil will have enough moisture to grow the first Spring hay crop! So I do not complain too much about the rain. Of course…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on February 10, 2018 at 2:02pm — No Comments

The Oakley Diaries 34 - Winter Again

   It's been a rather strenuous month, for me. Oakley has had it easy. The weather has been giving 30 degree swings, from 10C to -20C and back, which, of course, leads to melting and flash freezing into ice that is treacherous to move over (I don't ride over to the arena, we walk). I did manage to cover the path with freshly-used bedding from the compost pile during one of the brief warmish spells, so the footing, while frozen, is not ice.

   You see, I learned to work the tractor,…

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Added by B. G. Hearns on February 9, 2018 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Why teens (and most adults) don’t read the Bible

You might jump to the conclusion, that they don’t have a Bible.  But let’s assume theses teens and I will let all the adults off the hook for now, do have a Bible and in fact they also attend church.  

They are filled with good intentions and know in their heart of hearts they ought to spend time in God’s word.  So I ask you again why don’t they read the Bible?

The answer is little more complex however I stumbled on a simple…

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Added by Linda Finstad on February 9, 2018 at 9:32am — No Comments

De-stress horse handling procedures.

Applying science-based learning principles for any horse training scenario, Dr. Sue McDonnell suggests how to de-stress 5 common stressful vet treatment procedures. It's common for equestrians to unintentionally train avoidance responses using pressure and release in the wrong timing. “We put pressure, the horses react, we back off because we have to because they're big or we weren't prepared, and the horse almost immediately gets into an avoidance cycle,” she said. “Recognize when something…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on February 6, 2018 at 6:21pm — No Comments

It Seems Like I Cannot "Feel" My Upper Back

It Seems Like I Cannot “Feel” My Upper Back

All through my riding career, most of my riding instructors (at least the good ones) have gotten after me for “slouching” in the saddle. As long as my MS was not too bad, I could work around my slouching back, but it has held me back my entire riding life.

You see I did not KNOW…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on February 3, 2018 at 11:27am — No Comments

I Discover a New Muscle in My Back

I Discover a New Muscle in My Back

This was a good week, I got to ride all three horses!

It was so warm on Sunday Shannon did not even put the butt blanket or neck cover on Cider. The ring was a little squishy because of the snow and rain last week, so all I could do was walk. Cider gave me an indication that she wanted to…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on January 27, 2018 at 11:55am — 1 Comment

Spooking from Gunshots and Dodging Raindrops

Spooking from Gunshots and Dodging Raindrops

After two weeks of not riding due to the freezing temperatures or rain I was very glad to get a lesson on Wednesday. The two weeks of not getting out much resulted in my body becoming a LOT weaker! Debbie and I have decided that if I use the Equicube for a few minutes at the beginning of my lesson my back…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on January 13, 2018 at 1:52pm — No Comments

New Year, new horse show rules.

It’s human to look for a fresh start every January, isn’t it?

 

New habits and attitudes to replace or tweak the old ways.

 

And because it’s our human nature to find a loophole, horse show committees roll out new or tweaked rules to close them!

 Judges and stewards reset our inner scoring systems. Competitors tweak tack and even training techniques.

 

What’s new from EC?

No ear phones or earbuds in the show ring. And only one…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on January 8, 2018 at 4:17pm — No Comments

The Deep Freeze

The Deep Freeze

Even down here in the sunny South it has been COLD this month. I feel so sorry for all the horse people further north than me, because it has been so COLD the past two weeks. This is North Carolina, we are not supposed to have weeks of bitter cold, we are not supposed to wake up to single digit temperatures. We are not supposed to have weeks of bitter north winds.…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on January 6, 2018 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Planning is Key

I’m the kind of person who loves planning and whether it’s for studying or riding, I always like to have a written plan on paper or I start to feel unorganized and unproductive. When I plan the following week on Sunday evening, all I have to do next is just follow the plan and that way, I won’t have to worry about getting everything done. This mostly applies for studying, because my deadline is the day of the exam and I know exactly what I have to learn before that date.…

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Added by Sofia, SK Equestrian on January 3, 2018 at 4:04pm — No Comments

Bingo Reverts to His Old Habits

Bingo Reverts to His Old Habits

Because of the cold my riding schedule got messed up. Wednesday morning it was 19°F at the stable, I had already rescheduled my lesson because of the weather forecast. Debbie was willing to give me a lesson on Thursday morning, but then Debbie called me about how she had to baby-sit…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on December 16, 2017 at 12:40pm — 2 Comments

Winter Rules for Now

Winter Rules for Now

Yesterday we got our first real snow this winter down here in NC. It snowed steadily for a few hours yesterday afternoon but it was too warm for any of it to stick, even my porch railing was bare. Friday morning it felt so cold, damp and raw when I opened my front door that I KNEW that Mia would curse me out if I tried to ride, even with two butt blankets on her. “Are you…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on December 9, 2017 at 11:08am — No Comments

How to Buy a Groom’s Wedding Band?

A marriage is an auspicious ceremony, in which both the bride and the groom have to wear rings that solemnize the occasion and the relationship they are about to share. Now, when buying wedding bands, you need to be careful about several things. Until and unless you are careful about the bands that you are buying, you may end up buying the wrong one, which may not suit the finger size of the would-be groom or may be made from a material, which he may not want to…

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Added by Silvia Watson on December 6, 2017 at 1:41am — No Comments

Guide to Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances Like a Pro!

Banish those streaks and the irritating fingerprints forever, once and for always. Appliances made from stainless steel like dishwashers, fridge, ovens, etc. first come to your home all gleaming in pristine glory. So much so you might even feel that they will continue to remain so forever and will stand the tests of time. However, it does not stay that way, and eventually, all of these appliances will lose the luster because of your grubby fingers, water spills, and accidental messes.…

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Added by Silvia Watson on December 6, 2017 at 12:42am — No Comments

Backs, Equine and Human

Backs, Equine and Human

Wednesday, during my lesson with Debbie, I had to work on Bingo's back and on my back.

When I started my ride on Bingo it was super, super obvious that Bingo's back still did not feel good. Because of this I spent over half of my ride up in two-point since Bingo DID NOT want me sitting down on the…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on December 2, 2017 at 12:26pm — No Comments

Great Benefits of Horseback Riding

We all have our own reason for wanting to learn how to ride a horse. The benefits of this sport are numerous and are shared among all riders. If you are a horse owner, you may be thinking that you don't need such information. But, I hope you will continue reading. And if someone is searching for a new hobby, maybe the info below will help convince you to join the horseback riders club. …

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Added by Silvia Watson on December 1, 2017 at 7:35am — No Comments

Even at 31 Years Old Mia Still Improves

Even at 31 Years Old Mia Still Improves

Mia is old. Mia is ancient. Mia has arthritis problems in her hocks. Mia has the most sensitive mouth of any horse I've ridden in the past 47 years.

I have been riding Mia for 8 years, accepting the fact that she will never, ever become completely sound. All this time I have been…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on November 25, 2017 at 3:21pm — No Comments

Riding bareback: when natural is not necessarily better.

That bareback beach riding bucket list experience - a tender moment for the rider, yet perhaps differently “tender” for the horse.

In several recent studies researchers have confirmed the benefits of pressure -distribution thanks to saddle trees, making them a better option…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on November 25, 2017 at 10:45am — No Comments

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