We had an excellent night together at the barn. I put the natural rope hackamore on and we did some ground work in the indoor arena before I got on and rode him for about 20 minutes inside. He hasn't forgot anything, responded so well, an excellent whoa and back up with the rope hackamore.
I then put the bridle and bit on him and we went outdoors to practice lesson 3 patterns. I could not for the life of me remember how the pattern was!! But we did some great circles in every corner,…Continue
This week I changed things with my tack yet again. I wanted to see how the mares did in the jumping cavesson bridle without the running martingle after all those weeks using the Spirit Bridle. When I got to the stable on Wednesday it was already hot at 8:00 AM, and I got even hotter trimming Mia's toes. With the hot weather Mia's hooves are growing really fast, and since I cut back my riding on Fridays because of the heat I had a lot of rasping to do! …Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on July 31, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments
We have to have some bad nights and this was one of them.
I could not grasp any of the lesson that was being taught. Circles in both corners at one end of the arena in something like a figure 8 pattern.
We weren't out there maybe 15 minutes then the mosquitos came out. I have big bites on my face, arms and neck.
Cooper was trying to stay close to other horses, going too fast as usual. I was bouncing too much, couldn't get my legs relaxed, hands were all over and…Continue
I enjoyed my brief time working as a groom at Hastings Park Racetrack here in Vancouver BC. Apart from getting yelled at for not shoveling fast enough or putting foreign race tack on incorrectly.. overall very good learning experience. I learned some pretty great phrases while I was there too, as well as how to truly 'do it yourself'.
It was a real reality check for me. I had come from pretty pretty princess hunter world where my tack was polished, my horse was polished and I…Continue
Added by Michelle Synnot on July 29, 2011 at 5:25pm — No Comments
During that horse-less time, a box arrived. It was a surprise parrot -from a friend in Panama. I’m not saying it was a great idea to catch a bird and ship her, I’m just saying that she…Continue
Added by Anna Blake on July 29, 2011 at 8:17am — No Comments
Here is my 2nd Blog and continues where my happy mouth blog left off. My Micklem bridle arrived today. I had 1 1/2 hours from the time I got home to open the box, put it together, size it on my gelding and then trailer off for my Jumper lesson. I read about other people having trouble putting the bridle together so I read up on how to and was ready. At first the Bit straps threw me off so I popped the CD that comes with the bridle in to the pc and did a quick review. Once I heard that…Continue
Added by Me & My Big Girl on July 27, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments
July 17 to 21st did not go out to see Cooper or practice at all because of the heat. The Thursday night lesson was cancelled, thank goodness!! I probably would have passed out from having to wear that helmet in that heat.
I went on Friday to try an english saddle on him that a friend was selling. I didn't even ride, I was so hot, sweating and not feeling well. My stump was hurting from a sweaty prosthetic sock and the other foot was all swollen and bruised from an injury a long time…Continue
Added by Coopersmom_1958 on July 26, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Wow, if you'd told me on Day One that I'd ever be ready to go home, I'd have laughed at you. Be that as it may, Day Five of HITS-on-the-Hot-As-Hades-Hudson IV saw me ready to head south on I-87. However, before I did there was that small matter of Short Stirrup Hunter classes we needed to attend to.
Thankfully they Horse Show gods decided to move the classes up from early afternoon to just before 11. In my …
Added by Me & My Big Girl on July 25, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments
Beautifully turned out and positioned, long legged equitation riders head up the placings at top shows this summer. Lessons spent without stirrups and in two point position pay dividends in the show ring. But have you ever considered the line between poise and pose? Dignity, calm and confidence…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on July 25, 2011 at 10:58am — No Comments
Occasionally people will be fortunate enough to find a good used Schleese saddle on ebay or second hand or hand-me-downs from somewhere else – but the reality of it is that sometimes despite being fitted as closely as possible they may not actually be the best choice for both a specific horse and rider. Over the years we have changed our designs as our knowledge of equine anatomy and biomechanic requirements increases, so that older models may not be as ‘horse-friendly’ as the newer saddles…Continue
Hot, humid, bad air quality, smog. Yep, that says it all about the weather in the summertime in the sunny, sunny South. At least WE are used to this type of weather, I feel so, so sorry for you people further North who are discovering what people living in the South have known all along. Summers can be as brutal as winters.
Last week both mares told me that I was not…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on July 24, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Added by Me & My Big Girl on July 24, 2011 at 8:31am — No Comments
It's impossible to overstate the importance of a well-trained human to the happiness of a horse's life. As with anything, you can cut corners and start with an untrained human -- or even try to reform a spoiled one -- but unless you're an expert, it's a risky thing to do.
Cry if you want, but you'll learn to sit that…Continue
Added by Lillian Tepera on July 22, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Maybe you should go to the barn and let yourself be carried a while.
If you have a partnership with a horse then you know that some days you carry them and some days they carry you.
You carry them…Continue
This is my first attempt at a blog post so hope this is not too silly! It is 90 something degress outside, full sun so cannot ride until later thus I decided to blog. My topic: happy mouth bits since I have found a tack item that I really like. I started using the happy mouth loose ring snaffle on my OTTB. He was right off the track. I started with my double jointed D-ring snaffle. He did not seem to like it, seemed confused ( he is a horse that wants to please, like most TBs) but I knew…Continue
Well, it's summer and, well, Maggie was a bit over due (a week, mind) for the farrier. I've never seen (heard!) her forge like that. So, rather than tap tap tap tap tap our way even around the berry field, someone got a few days off.
Which leads us to Maggie the long of frame. Lesson last night, and, much to the chagrin of Miss Magnolia, it's time to shorten her up. Oh sure, she'll go fairly forward in a longer frame. The comment was sure, she's on the bit and nice, but…Continue
Added by MagsNMe on July 21, 2011 at 1:24pm — No Comments
We had our 2nd training lesson on Thursday July 14 with Karen this week as Gail was away.
We were learning to slow the trot down to a jog, or trying anyway. Also trying to lower Cooper's head down more in a frame, is that what it is called? We did do good several times, even slowing down very nicely to a jog without coming to a walk.
There were more horses in this weeks lesson and Cooper was excited to see them all LOL. No pictures or video, forgot the camera on Thursday and…Continue
Added by Coopersmom_1958 on July 18, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Added by Catherine Chamberlain on July 18, 2011 at 1:17pm — No Comments
international show jumping was brought to an end with the retirement of the incomparable Shutterfly. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum decided to retire her 18 year old super-gelding after he won the 1.55 meter Warsteiner Prize at the…Continue
Added by Me & My Big Girl on July 18, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments