October 2013 Blog Posts (15)

Mick Elevates at the Trot Again





Not being content with Mick’s trot I made yet another change to my padding system, this week I put the Corrector UNDER the wool saddle blanket I had adapted instead of on top of the saddle blanket.  To recap my experiences so far--with triple fold woolen Western saddle blanket Mick gave me a non-banging sitting trot but he would not move his forehand freely; with a double fold wool blanket with the Corrector between the folds Mick still gave me a sittable sitting…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on October 25, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The Day of the Dead: Barn Version.

You’d think that the first snow/death-to-flies celebration would cheer me up. But no, days are shorter now and I’m haunted by summers end. Come to think of it, there isn’t much autumn left either. It’s the fall-back time change next week, that will mean night…

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Added by Anna Blake on October 25, 2013 at 7:50am — 1 Comment

Debbie Goldring Contest

HEY EVERYONE!   

I have a favour to ask.... anyone who has facebook, it would mean the world to me if you could "LIKE" this photo of PACO!!  I would LOVE to have a painting done by Debbie Goldring of him as he means A LOT to me!

Paco Photo:…

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Added by Nicole McFadyen on October 22, 2013 at 6:45pm — No Comments

Are Your Finances Affecting You in the Tack?

Did you know that your finances affect your second chakra? Did you know that your second chakra is located in your lower abdomen?  Did you know that the lower abdomen is your point of balance and strength when you ride, allowing for an independent seat and effective communication with your horse?

For more information on the importance of your lower abdomen when riding, check out this…

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Added by Stef Perkins on October 22, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

.....The Rest of the Story

…..The Rest of the Story

I meant to finish this story over a month (or two) ago, but time got away from me.  That happens routinely to me.  Part of the reason for that is I have NO free time.  I am either traveling to teach, trying to spend time with my horses or chasing things- like Reed or Scout.  Yesterday, I ended up chasing Scout through the Wagener High School hallway with the ROTC trailing…

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Added by Gail Rice on October 20, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Starting A Horse With a Foundation of Liberty - Kali's Story

Last week Alex had her first ride on her three year old filly, Kalipso. Yesterday they went for their first trail ride down the trans Canada trail! Kali was calm and easy to handle every time. Her first rides have been completely solid and stress free. With any green horse you want them calm, but Kali is over 16 hands and as a big baby, it's vital that the situation is safe…

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Added by Heather Nelson on October 19, 2013 at 11:05am — No Comments

It’s Different for Girls…Body Image and Riding.

What do you think when you see this photo?

Do you notice that sweet S-curve in his tail? It’s the sure sign of a relaxed back on a forward, soft horse. This walk speaks volumes about his rider, too. What a lovely sight.…

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Added by Anna Blake on October 18, 2013 at 8:35am — 2 Comments

A Tiny Bit of Progress With Mick's Sitting Trot





This was a very tiring week for me, yesterday I just could not get up enough energy to write my blog since it was the first day all week I got some down-time and all I could do was just sit and do nothing.  At least I made some progress with Mick this week!

One reason I was so tired is that I spent days cutting down one of my wool Western saddle blankets and adapting it to use it with the Corrector.  I sewed, and sewed some more, tried it on Mia (at least she did not…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on October 12, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

An October Romance.

It was innocent. They were looking for companionship, that’s all. Each had suffered a loss and they were drifting a bit, hoping to find a friend. Nobody said anything about falling in love.

Sumo came to Infinity Farm as a kid with his twin…

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Added by Anna Blake on October 11, 2013 at 8:35am — 1 Comment

We welcome new horse, Indy, to the farm!

Sound the trumpets! We have a new horse at the farm and he's quite a character. He likes to lick people like a dog and is very fond of people in general. Indy is a joy to interact with. My property is perimeter fenced and when it's time to bring the horses in off my pastures, I just open the gate and they all run to their separate grain eating areas. The first day I called…

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Added by Heather Nelson on October 9, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Great stallion !

Hello everyone,

Pat Sullivan in Solvang, California has a very nice Trakehner stallion, with excellent bloodlines, Krusader crosses well with Arabians as well as other breeds.  His breeding fee is private treaty:

http://horses-for-sport.com/stallions    

Check him out!

cheryl 

Added by Cheryl Casati on October 5, 2013 at 9:33pm — No Comments

The Weather Finally Cooled Enough Down Here



  

So I could wear my FITS deerskin paneled breeches.  This was good because I totally gave up on using double fold Western saddle blankets with the Stubben Siegfried.  So I put my Corrector back in its “sock”, apologized to the horses for any anxiety caused by the saddle blankets, and I suffered an immediate deterioration of my lower leg.  Now is the time for Arts and Crafts with Mia‘s saddle blanket!

Sunday I rode Cider in the EZ-Fit treeless saddle, and since I could…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on October 5, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Horse Show Fishbowl

Why do horses do what they do and people do what they do? And why does the show ring seem to magnify those emotions and reactions? Brain freezes, butterflies and blow-ups…all part of the completive experience.

When we, as riders, understanding the science of how horses view their world, it helps to nip mishaps in the bud. As a prey animal a horse feels…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on October 4, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Better Saddle Conversations.

Think of riding as a conversation.

The first challenge is that we don’t all speak English. And it isn’t only the horse I’m referring to. Humans use language, but we define words differently, and sometimes, we may not be perfectly honest, even with ourselves. (I know, hard to believe.) We might say yes when we mean no. Insecurity might create a mood swing…

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Added by Anna Blake on October 4, 2013 at 8:28am — 1 Comment

Putting the Cart After the Horse

Main Ring at Tralee

Written by:  Heather Clemenceau

All photos except interior of Tralee by:  Heather Clemenceau

Photos at Westfield Heritage village by Robin Burkimsher

Original Article -…

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Added by Heather Clemenceau on October 1, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

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