In between the rains! Last Wednesday I couldn’t get my lesson because it was raining. I was disappointed of course, but since we really need the rain it was so nice to get 1.3”, it sort of made up for not riding. A week ago we were over 10” short for the year so any and all rain is welcome even if it does interfere with my riding.
I got my lesson on Mick on Friday. Debbie brought Mick to the wash stall and showed me how to take off his turn-out blanket since I…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on December 30, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments
I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend and getting excited for the upcoming new year in just a few more days! :) This week, the Baker's blog is going to be based on the importance of grooming and why it is necessary to give your horse a good thorough grooming before and after riding. At Baker's, we have a great selection of grooming products to keep your horse looking fancy and healthy, and we will mention…Continue
Added by carmen griscti on December 30, 2012 at 12:25pm — No Comments
Added by Judi Daly on December 28, 2012 at 11:59am — No Comments
I’ve had a little too much time to…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on December 28, 2012 at 7:57am — No Comments
I hope everyone is ready and excited for Christmas eve tomorrow, and Christmas on Tuesday! :) Can't believe its already here! Baker's has an exciting announcement for everyone; we are now carrying the Point Two Air Jackets!! This week's blog is going to be based on this air vest, its safety characteristics and the benefits of wearing an air vest. Before getting started, here is the link for the Point Two Air Jacket for you to observe. …Continue
Added by carmen griscti on December 23, 2012 at 9:36pm — No Comments
This is a good time in the year to clean and inspect all your tack.
Take all your bridles, saddles, surcingles, halters, reins and other equipment you might have, a nice warm drink and your favorite saddle soap.
You might find some things that need mending.
We will have one more clinic in Moab, UT, this year. I will be coming down December 30, and we'll start at 9:30. Dress warm and come early so you can properly warm up your horses.
Merry Christmas to all!
Added by Inka Spatafora on December 23, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments
When I woke up this morning it was at my cut off point--24-25° F, luckily I did not have to get to the stable until 10:00 AM when it was above freezing. I was fine this morning until I started to get my homemade bit warmer ready, then I stubbed my left little toe hard. PAIN. I hurriedly put Arnica cream on it and put my paddock boot on in case it decided to swell up. Hobbling piteously I finished with my homemade bit warmer (old washrag, soak…Continue
I usually consider myself to be a relatively cool headed human being, able to consider and argue without much volatility, but when I hear people debating as to whether dressage should be in the Olympics, I feel the need to hop around and screech like a Borneo ape. All arguments fly from my brain and I am left with me just baring my teeth and throwing around objects in the room. …Continue
Added by Bonnie Walker on December 18, 2012 at 9:17pm — No Comments
Two weeks ago I gave my 42 year old Stubben Siegfried its yearly deep larding. When I got to the girth billet straps it became clear to me that I have to make some decisions, however much the horses prefer my Stubben Siegfried it is no longer safe for me to ride in as the front left billet strap could split all the way down the center without warning. GRUMBLE, I have been avoiding this decision for a year, hoping things would last long enough so I could save up for a…Continue
I hope everyone is getting super pumped for Christmas, it's in less than two weeks!! :) To continue from one of our previous blogs, this week will be another blog based on some Christmas gift ideas for all your equine friends and family. At Baker's, we have a variety of gift ideas ranging in a variety of price marks so you can find something perfect and affordable for your Christmas shopping. Posted below will be another top 5 Christmas gift ideas for you from…Continue
Added by carmen griscti on December 15, 2012 at 4:07pm — No Comments
What brands of dressage saddles fit a sport pony(13.3 welsh/tb)?I'm 5ft. tall.It cannot be as difficult as it seems to be.What are they using in germany?
Added by Elayne Turgeon on December 14, 2012 at 7:49pm — No Comments
I hate saddle shopping. It makes my head explode.
I have a young mare just starting…Continue
Last night, towards the end of my ride with Cole, the new boarder came out. Her husband started leading her horse around the arena. It was the first time I saw him out of the stall. He looked like a Thoroughbred and walked like a gentleman.
I thought I would explain what I was doing with the clicks and treats that they saw me doing with Cole. I gave her a brief explanation, dismounted and told Cole to do his Cole walk. it is something he…Continue
Smart. Clever. Dull. Clueless. We all have stories of horses that connect the dots and others that …don’t. So, really, are some horses sharper than others?
As a trainer, I’ll swear to the value of having a well-defined, systematic approach to training. I’ve also learned (sometimes the hard way) that the cookie cutter has to be adapted somewhat for…Continue
Most of you who know me understand that children are not a part of my day to day life. As a whole children orbit me with the same frequency and comfort of a urinary tract infection. That being said it appears that I am not wholly immune to their charms for today a little girl twisted my grizzled old features into a semblance of a smile. Perhaps the day that I have long been forewarned is truly imminent and I will open my curtains, stare out into the morning sunlight and want a…Continue
Added by Bonnie Walker on December 9, 2012 at 6:59pm — No Comments
Just as dogs are to wolves, these horses became something other than their more docile equine brethren. The laws of the herd ruled and when I entered their enclosure morning and night, I entered their world, bending to their laws while attempting to jog some flicker of recognition in them that I am, in fact, human … you know, one of those creatures you are supposed to respect? Right?…Continue
Added by Bonnie Walker on December 9, 2012 at 5:07pm — No Comments
If you have been following my blogs you know I am riding ruined horses, horses who had lost faith in humans, horses who never really learned to trust the bit or the rider’s hands, horses with deep resistances, just basically horses who have been subjected to bad training, bad riding, and who then were sold to people who did not ride as well as the trainer. You also know that I have this deep faith in the ability of Forward Riding (Forward Seat, Forward Control, and Forward…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on December 9, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments