It astounds me, as I comb through back issues of magazine articles, online articles, and books on equitation, the degree to which I now find myself adding a mental asterisk to almost every exercise and lesson, especially whenever it mentions "quiet seat" or "keep the hands/legs quiet" or some such: *if you have enough leg strength.
That little aspect rarely, if ever, get mentioned; it gets glossed over, in fact by almost everyone. Even Clinton Anderson, in his videos…Continue
We Try a Titanium Coated Bit
Since I started riding Coach three weeks ago I have been trying to think of a solution for him grinding the bit between his premolar teeth. To recap, Coach's normal bit is stainless steel and is 23mm thick, I think.
Coach ground the 13mm thick stainless steel Wellep bit between his teeth the most…Continue
Coach Does Better with the Fulmer Bit
After my lesson last week I dug my Fulmer Full Cheek snaffle out of my bit box, and I finally found my Fulmer bit loops (the Fulmer bit requires special bit loops because the little ball at the end of the full cheek is small.) I dug out my Micklem horse sized nose piece, found a pair of my bit straps I made from cut down…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on August 3, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Join us for Equine Affaire in Massachusetts, 8-11, 2018. Experience the nation's premiere equine exposition, featuring more than 230 unique clinics, seminars, and demonstrations by top professionals in the horse industry. Equine Affaire also hosts the largest trade show in the East, showcasing hundreds of commercial exhibits, an extensive Breed Pavilion, an educational Equine Fundamentals Forum, the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition, and a special evening show - the Fantasia, a musical…Continue
Added by Equine Affaire, Inc. on August 2, 2018 at 9:16am — No Comments
Coach is a Thoroughbred
Coach is my new lesson horse for right now. He is an OTTB gelding, Chestnut, around 15.3+ hands, with very good substance for a TB, and very high withers that stretch way back (no “pockets”.) To prepare my tack for Coach I took out the doubled bridging shims from my Contender II saddle pad, found my 48” string girth, got my 5” Wellep single jointed snaffle, and I…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on July 28, 2018 at 11:03am — No Comments
What are the welfare challenges facing pleasure and competition horses? A four-year research study, led by academics at the University of Bristol’s School of Vet Sciences set to find out. I thought it was cool that experts from across the equine industry contributed to the research- vets, farriers, trainers, welfare charities, breed and competition associations. As we…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on July 25, 2018 at 8:54am — No Comments
I’m sure you’re aware of the Pros and Cons of leg products such as boots and wraps and how riders and trainers need to balance their use for protection along with the danger of overheating. There are a number of studies on the topic and there are others concerning the danger of overheating with ceramic boots and wraps used for injury prevention and recovery. One important theme veterinarians and professionals emphasize is the need for breathable protection.
Another important topic…Continue
Added by Douglas Spatz on July 22, 2018 at 1:45pm — No Comments
We Should Have Waited Longer for the Bute to Work
Last Sunday Shannon gave Cider a gram of Bute before she came to pick me up. When we arrived, Shannon immediately went to tack Cider up since I ride Cider in my saddle, saddle pad and bridle. Cider still looked stiff when Shannon led her to the mounting block so I started off slow and easy, trying to make my seat lighter in the saddle while not…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on July 21, 2018 at 1:31pm — No Comments
Added by Olivia Jones on July 19, 2018 at 11:17am — No Comments
The “Collecting” Leg
When we got to Shannon's place last Sunday she had already groomed Cider completely and was ready to tack up (I use my own saddle.) As she put the saddle on Cider's back she told me she was going to try placing the saddle an inch or so further back to see if that would take some of the weight off of Cider's front legs, which have been flinching every downhill step for…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on July 14, 2018 at 2:38pm — No Comments
Sometimes Bingo Uses ANY Excuse to Ignore Me
Since Debbie was putting on a horse show on July 4 I had my lesson on Tuesday. Debbie decided that she needed to give her problem child, the Arab gelding Tercel, a ride, and my lesson was the only chance she would have this week. Years ago when she got Tercel I told her I did not mind her riding him during my lessons since Debbie is quite capable of…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on July 7, 2018 at 4:30pm — No Comments
This Summer Starts off Hot and Muggy
We are not getting a break from these conditions, the lows are in the mid-upper 70'sF and when the sun rises it rapidly gets worse. I am so very grateful that the ladies I ride with are OK with me starting at 8:00 AM, the humidity is high but at least the sun has yet to heat the ground up.…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on June 30, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Working on My Riding Muscles at Home
This week I could not ride at Debbie's because she had her first summer riding camp. I could have ridden after the kids went home, but with highs above 90°F this was not possible for me (oh I miss the days when I could ride in the 90's!) Thinking back to past summers I remembered…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on June 23, 2018 at 11:51am — No Comments
Working on Tiny Details
This was a good week, I got to ride all three horses.
It has gotten into meteorological summer down here. Shannon now picks me up at 8:00 AM in an attempt to spare me (and her horse) the icky sweaty super humid weather that gets the sweat pouring down into my eyes. I am still riding at 9:00 AM at…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on June 16, 2018 at 11:37am — No Comments
I love this thought from Clinician, Chris Sorensen at the recent EC Convention (Can. Equestrian Team) “One of the most amazing things that you learn as you train with top people around the world is that almost all of them practice basics every day. We all think that these famous riders are going to teach us magical tricks that are eluding us, but the fact of the…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on June 13, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments
As I Become Stronger
In one way the last two weeks have been frustrating, the horses are STILL NQR. Debbie has me ride Bingo while he wears his BOT exercise boots, then after the ride she applies DMSO and wraps his leg, all in the hopes that his new wind puff improves. I mostly walked with him, and when Debbie asked me to trot him so she could check and see if his croup was even, I stayed up in…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on June 9, 2018 at 2:36pm — No Comments
On the benefits of installing lateral “buttons “ on competitive horses, while “jumping as little as possible.”
“I do lots of flat work. A work a lot of poles on the ground to replicate the same kind of training that’s required for the course, but over a rail on the ground instead of having a jumping effort. It just minimizes the impact on the horse. I have a…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on June 6, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments
When you really think about it, whipping an animal is cruel. Yet many horse riding methods and those which proclaim themselves to practice 'natural horsemanship' whip horses and use whips in all of their routines. It is surprising when we consider that horses are adored for their intelligence, memories, beauty and sensitivity. Why would anyone teach to whip and cause pain to such an extraordinary animal?
True Natural Horsemanship has done away with the whip and instruments of pain…Continue
Added by True Natural Horsemanship on June 1, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Humility - The professional horse trainer who joins in to help set the trail course. The champion who uses his moment in the spotlight to share his own life challenges as encouragement. The clinician who includes the novice riders along with the experienced. The judge who smiles. The winning rider who claps for everyone – even when in 2nd place. The rider…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on May 30, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments
What does Joy look like?
My name is Linda Finstad and for the past 15 years I have earned my living as an equine photographer and artist. My my art work is very distinctive - always bright and colourful with a child like innocence. However there is a deeper meaning behind why I paint the way I paint.
Everyone know that for a painting to be considered “Art” it has to stir an emotional response within whoever looks at it. “My goal as an artist was to…Continue
Added by Linda Finstad on May 29, 2018 at 8:29am — No Comments