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…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…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
A Week of Walking
I am still recovering from my trip up North, the weather has become muggier, I am trying to save my limited energy to go to my grandson's birthday party tomorrow, and, then, it turned out that all three horses were not quite right when moving. With Cider it has happened during the last few months (possible arthritis? Shannon will get her a supplement.) Mia had been trimmed the…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on May 26, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments
Our prime minister set off a national conversation about showing more "swagger" as entrepreneurs in business. So as a riding coach I was thinking - what's the role for swagger in the horse world? Is riding different than in other sports? Some describe it as an expectation of success. Others, cockiness.…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on May 23, 2018 at 3:12pm — No Comments
Boredom Relief—I Try a Different Bit
Since I am still recovering from my trip up to Maryland two weeks ago I have not done much in the ring other than walk. This week Debbie was glad for me to just walk during my lesson since the ring was wet, wet, wet. For a while there I had been afraid that we were entering another drought, but for the past week the heavens have opened up, the crops are…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on May 19, 2018 at 1:48pm — No Comments
The Nineties Have Arrived
Yes, four days of 90ºF+ in a row. Summertime temperatures and it isn't even the middle of May. I guess it makes up for all those lows in the 20's this year.
So after months of…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on May 12, 2018 at 11:36am — No Comments
I Finally Get Back to North Fork School of Equitation!!!
It had been almost four and a half years, between my appendectomy, several exacerbations of my MS, and problems with doctors and insurance I could not get up there, but I FINALLY felt well enough to make the very long trip up to North Fork. When I called Karen Fenwick to set up my lesson she sounded glad that I was returning, and I…Continue
Just thinking through what it’s like to be a horse is bound to make us better riders and appreciate our equine partners!
“Consider, for example, a horse and rider preparing to jump a four-foot wall. Jumping serves the rider’s interests—recognition and a ribbon! The…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on April 25, 2018 at 6:30pm — No Comments
Trying to Bring it All Together
The past few months have been a time of discovery for me, discovering just how badly my multiple handicaps affect my position, seat and aids when I ride horses. Between my Pegasus Butterfly saddle, the “rider's push-ups”, the Equicube getting my shoulders right, the Rainbow reins, and the old type Wellep snaffle bit, I discovered how abysmal my riding was and,…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on April 21, 2018 at 1:16pm — No Comments
Standard equipment in English disciplines. Training equipment in western. While nosebands are designed to prevent bit evasion, in the horse business, we’re inclined to default into thinking “If a little is good, more is better! Are we masking bit evasion without asking WHY the horse might be…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on April 18, 2018 at 6:29pm — No Comments
Why attending the
Painted Pony - Creative Retreat is as good as a Vacation
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the fast pace of your life and endless to-do lists. Feel like you just NEEEED a break?
But with heavy schedules and commitments its hard to get away on a vacation, I hear you! Whether it’s impossible to take time off work or the many responsibilities at home with a family, for many people…Continue
Added by Linda Finstad on April 14, 2018 at 9:50am — No Comments
Added by Helen Stassen on April 12, 2018 at 7:41pm — No Comments
Have you ever been unsettled by your classmate’s handwringing before an exam? Or the patient before you holding their jaw as they emerge from the dentist’s room?
Its not that you sense or smell fear. You’re reading their body language….and catching it like an infection.
Riders often tell…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on April 11, 2018 at 8:40pm — No Comments
I Try Out My “Old Type” Wellep Lever Cheek Snaffle
Lat Sunday was a good day. The weather was nice, Shannon's ring was dry, my grandson was visiting, and I got to try out my new bit on Cider! This bit, the “old” type Wellep Lever Cheek Snaffle has some differences from the “new” type Wellep Lever Cheek Snaffle that I had used a little bit several years ago. The cable that goes through the…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on April 7, 2018 at 11:31am — No Comments
As training went, March was pretty good.
I got some stuff cleaned up around the arena that has been bugging me for a while. There is still a massive amount more to do, but almost all of the broken jump stands are now either repaired or removed, all of the broken poles have had the jagged parts cut off so they can be used as ground lines, or likewise trashed.
The top bars on the jumps have been raised another hole, so that we are now jumping over obstacles about mid-thigh…Continue
I will preface this story with the advisement I love Thoroughbreds and Thoroughbred Horse Racing. At the age of six I discovered the Kentucky Derby and the subsequent US Triple Crown Races, then the Canadian Queen’s Plate and our own Triple Crown series. This year will mark the 56th Derby I’ve watched. I will…Continue
Added by Lois Keays on April 1, 2018 at 6:45pm — No Comments