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I am Riding Mia Again!

I am Riding Mia Again!

When I stopped riding Mia three months ago, she was not pleased with the way that my new saddle and pad combination was working on her back.  She “muttered” under her breath that she was too old to put up with such shenanigans, that the shifting saddle was just TOO IRRITATING, and that she would appreciate me not riding her until I figured out how to keep the saddle stable.  So I worked on figuring out how to stabilize the saddle on Bingo and Cider, and when I…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on December 24, 2016 at 11:52am — No Comments

Retraining a Less Than Ideal Horse in a Riding School

Retraining a Less Than Ideal Horse in a Riding School

Winter has arrived here in NC, and due to the cold, or the rain, I’ve been able to ride only twice since my last post, both times on Bingo.

Debbie had to start using Bingo with other riders because she had run out of other horses to mount her students.  She actually sort of apologized to me for putting other people up on him while I retrain him but I just shrugged it off, he is a horse at a riding school, of course other…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on December 17, 2016 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Negotiating; Not Fighting



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It was last spring when this ancient donkey came to the farm. In the beginning, we thought she might not make it. Nobody likes change but we couldn’t tell if it was a hunger strike or her organs shutting down.

Then she nibbled and…

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Added by Anna Blake on December 17, 2016 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Riding a Suspension… of Disbelief



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Some of us are okay with who we are in the saddle. We don’t question the ride, or if we do, we put it on the horse and he’s fine with that. It is what it is, and it works for lots of horses and…

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Added by Anna Blake on December 17, 2016 at 12:15pm — No Comments

Negotiating; Not Fighting.





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It was last spring when this ancient donkey came to the farm. In the beginning, we thought she might not make it. Nobody likes change but…

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Added by Anna Blake on December 9, 2016 at 9:45am — No Comments

Slow Feeding for Ulcer Prevention

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Added by Texas Haynet on December 8, 2016 at 11:31am — No Comments

Maybe I Finally Got the Shims Right with Bingo

Maybe I Finally Got the Shims Right with Bingo

This week I finally came to the realization that, at least on horses with the croup high &/or sway back conformation, the key to getting my new Pegasus Butterfly saddle working correctly, is to shim my pad correctly.  I also established that when I made my stirrup leathers uneven (to reflect that my right leg is shorter than my left leg), my seat stays centered in the saddle without much extra work on my part.

Last Sunday I…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on December 3, 2016 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Mental Focus Means Not Trying Too Hard





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My friend and I took yoga while we were in high school. It was 1971 or so, and I can’t remember if the group met in a church…

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Added by Anna Blake on December 2, 2016 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Life Hacks# for Riding Schools

Life Hacks for Riding Schools

Stand out from the crowd by adding extra services and promotions for your clients.

Its as easy as looking through your phone book.

  • Ask your local tack store to give your clients a discount  - I am sure if you were sending all your new riders their way to get kitted out they would be more than…
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Added by Linda Finstad on November 29, 2016 at 7:33pm — No Comments

Find your Tribe - Art connects us All

Either Directly or Indirectly art has given me more than the gift of beauty and inspiration.

 Art has connected me to some amazing people and some of my most treasured friends.

My preferred art form and one at which for the past 15 years I have earned my living is “Fine Art Photography”.  Not just any fine art photography, my specialty and number one passion is…

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Added by Linda Finstad on November 29, 2016 at 2:04pm — No Comments

Is My Right Leg Shorter Than My Left Leg?

Is My Right Leg Shorter Than My Left Leg?    

Last Sunday, for my ride on Cider using my new Pegasus Butterfly saddle, I added both the ¼” and 3/16” bridging shims to my Contender II BOT/ThinLine pad.  This made the pad thicker, which meant Shannon had trouble getting Cider’s string girth to the bottom hole of the billet straps.  If we had used any girth but a mohair string girth we would have been in real trouble, but since the string girth has some stretch to it Shannon finally got…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on November 26, 2016 at 2:07pm — 1 Comment

The Passion to Punish





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First, last, and always, this is the truth about communication with animals: Punishment is the lowest form of expression.

A photo of…

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Added by Anna Blake on November 25, 2016 at 10:04am — No Comments

Why It's Never "Good Enough"

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Hey guys! It's been a while since I've written a personal post, so here's a little update on what's…

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Added by Sarah Eder on November 23, 2016 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Hope comes riding…

Well, as the dust settles from the US election, some are left standing with their hopes dashed - others had their hope stirred.

Hope for peace, prosperity, rescue…

I love the words of the late Chuck Colson:  “Salvation will not arrive on Air Force One.”

Removed from his seat of…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on November 21, 2016 at 5:23pm — No Comments

I May Have Found a Partial Solution

I May Have Found a Partial Solution    

 

In my last blog, I revealed my latest problems with my riding.  Since I could not get myself satisfactorily centered in my new Pegasus Butterly saddle, I blamed the whole problem on my MS messing up my proprioceptive system.  But then I thought further on my problem, and I came up with the idea that the shims in the Pegasus pad may not have worked satisfactorily in filling up Bingo’s (and Mia’s) sway back or in ameliorating Cider‘s…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on November 19, 2016 at 2:50pm — No Comments

Confident Rider Coaching

Time is passing you by!! We're slowly…

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Added by Hannah Freeman on November 19, 2016 at 10:51am — No Comments

Confident Rider Coaching

Time is passing you by!! We're slowly…

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Added by Hannah Freeman on November 19, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Winter Is Coming: The Ultimate Blanket Buying Guide

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The Top 5 Things You Need to Know About Buying Winter Blankets

Well everyone, it's coming up to that dreaded season we all love to hate in Canada:…

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Added by Sarah Eder on November 17, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

UK Decision Showcases Liability Dangers

As horse owners, we enjoy sharing our love of horses, and we sometimes even let our friends ride our horse. What happens if a person is injured while riding your horse on your property? Many factors influence whether you will be held liable for those injuries. A recently-decided case in England highlights some…

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Added by WindhorseLegal on November 16, 2016 at 3:18pm — No Comments

5 Things I Have learned From My Horse

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Almost eight months ago I met Austin for the first time.  To say I had some doubts at first is an understatement.  He was so lovely, so well trained; I was convinced my inexperience would ruin him for good.  It has taken us a little time to get to know one another, but I can honestly say that we are a match made in heaven.  Austin's sweet nature, sincerity, patience and bravery has…

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Added by Robyn Adams on November 16, 2016 at 10:44am — No Comments

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