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Hello  Just joining the group  I live on Gabriola Island BC, we have a 5 A property and not to brag but our riding ring is situated so both horse and rider have a view of the ocean! So yes we are spoiled have a look at   ; Does any one live near by?

Added by Brenda Fowler on March 26, 2017 at 3:49pm — No Comments

A Different Type of Stirrup Leather

A Different Type of Stirrup Leather

This week was so much better for me; I got to ride three times on three different horses!  The weather cooperated as far as precipitation, though there was a cold North wind each morning.  At least it was above freezing all three mornings, a big improvement over last week.

My riding teacher, Debbie, has been making me work on my lower leg more as I have been adapting to my latest saddle, the Pegasus Butterfly saddle.  Due to this saddle’s…


Added by Jackie Cochran on March 25, 2017 at 11:54am — No Comments

Brisk walk in brisk wind

Mara and I rode with three Iclandics this afternoon and I enjoyed following those cute Iceies as we refer to them. Mara B is taller but she fits in nicely with them.

Added by Helen Stassen on March 21, 2017 at 4:27pm — No Comments

International Happiness Dat

Mara B and I rode out for a great trail ride with friends this afternoon, which made us both happy!

Added by Helen Stassen on March 20, 2017 at 8:31pm — 2 Comments

Bitter Cold and Warmer Rains Interfere With My Riding

Bitter Cold and Warmer Rains Interfere With My Riding

My apologies for missing three weeks of blogging.  What is there to say--lows in the 20’s F, and often rain on the days that were warm enough for my scheduled lessons.  It is hopefully the last gasp of winter.  I do take comfort with the idea that several nights in the low 20’s F after weeks of warm, spring like weather may kill many fly larvae, reducing the plague of flies that come to the Southern states during the spring or…


Added by Jackie Cochran on March 18, 2017 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Iron In The Horse's Diet: Careful Monitoring Is Needed To Maintain Equine Health And Avoid Common Health Problems

Iron is an essential micromineral in the horse's diet and nature has provided an abundance of it in soils, plants and water.  Deficiencies in this mineral are very rare while excess amounts are all too common and can affect a horse's health in detrimental ways.  If your horse has any immune…


Added by Jean Klosowicz on March 12, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Moments with Mara B

Most days I visit Mara at the stable, we have become zen together. We always vary our daily activities, between ground work, trails and road riding, grooming and walks around the stable. Consistent contact is so powerful. I'm grateful for Mara each day.

Added by Helen Stassen on March 3, 2017 at 7:50pm — No Comments

Building Strength & Confidence on the Trail

As a mother of three (and grandmother, too) I know how important it is to build strength and confidence in your children. When my kids grew up in Germany, there were no ipods or tablets, and 'playing' meant running outside and getting knocked around a bit.

Today, my kids are strong and confident adults, who learned to ride a bike, swim, climb a tree, build sand castles, balance on climbing beams, build wood huts on 'adventure playgrounds', spend a (scary) night sleeping in their tree…


Added by Stefanie Reinhold on February 27, 2017 at 5:34pm — No Comments




Added by Angie Pearson on February 27, 2017 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Mara Moments Horse Time

My special mare Mara B and I practice our own unique form of equine therapy. Mara has been a strong healing presence for me since the death of our youngest son Benjamin. We trail ride, enjoy our barn friends, the barn critters plus grooming and horse care then post a daily update on MaraMomentshorsetime blog. Please ride along and meet our delightful stable pals, the paddock horses Mara is with, enjoy watching the changing seasons, weather and crop conditions, the simple beauty of nature we… Continue

Added by Helen Stassen on February 27, 2017 at 12:12pm — No Comments

Riding the Horse That is Brought out for You

Riding the Horse That is Brought out for You    

When I started riding in 1957, there was a different culture around in the riding lesson world.  Stables that gave riding lessons did not have perfectly conformed or perfectly trained horses.  There were several reasons for that.  One reason was cost, perfectly conformed and trained horses have always been EXPENSIVE animals and no riding stable wasted these rare animals in a lesson program with ever changing riders of various abilities…


Added by Jackie Cochran on February 25, 2017 at 3:45pm — No Comments

The Confident Rider Challenge.

Have you have lost your horse riding mojo? Visit The Confident Rider Project on Facebook to find out more. or why not sign up for the challenge…


Added by Hannah Freeman on February 23, 2017 at 9:11am — No Comments

How to turn you excuses into your horse riding utopia.

You used to really enjoy riding but now its becoming more and more of a problem... the excuses as to why you can't ride. Its too windy, its too rainy, its too cold, its too......

This is now having a real impact on your life. You are being held back from the…


Added by Hannah Freeman on February 23, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

Winter Riding - Great For You and Your Horse!

A great way to stay in shape is to head outdoors on your favourite steed! Take extra time to warm up your horse's cold muscles by spending more time at the walk and trot before venturing into deep snow or at faster speeds. Cooling down also takes longer because of the heavier winter coat,…


Added by Jean Klosowicz on February 19, 2017 at 12:22am — No Comments

Equine Nutrition: A New Plan and A New Saddle- How To Have It All!

You are probably wondering what equine nutrition has to do with buying a new saddle.  Let me explain.... 


If you are anything like me I am really due for another saddle, but because of the big price tag that is usually attached to purchasing 'the right one', I knew I had to look at my budget and…


Added by Jean Klosowicz on February 19, 2017 at 12:04am — No Comments

Sitting Up Straight Takes a Lot of Effort

Sitting Up Straight Takes a Lot of Effort

Ever since I started using the Equicube for one to four minutes a week, I have been tired.  The rest of the time, I try to replicate the spinal alignment I get from using the Equicube, both on horseback and just walking around on my own two feet.  I have to retrain my body how to stand, sit on horseback, move with the horse, and how to walk on my own feet while keeping my spine straighter and my face vertical.  I get some muscle aches too, in…


Added by Jackie Cochran on February 18, 2017 at 11:37am — No Comments

Equine Nutrition: What Is Your "Attitude"?

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A horse's nutrition for the most part these days is largely dependent upon the experience, knowledge, but most importantly the "attitude" of its owner.  Attitude plays a key factor in almost everything we do, and often determines our successes or failures in our relationships, our work and, in this case, the horses we love and care for.


As I continue to work with horse owners in helping them with balanced nutrition plans for their horses, I find that it is…


Added by Jean Klosowicz on February 12, 2017 at 8:40pm — No Comments

Progress in Fixing my Slouching Back

Progress in Fixing my Slouching Back


When I started working a lot on my two-point in my new saddle I improved BUT my back muscles started hurting while I did it.  After working religiously on my two-point position for five months my back muscles still hurt every time I get up in the two-point position.  Obviously, I have to do something to strengthen these muscles but I could not figure anything out that worked within the limits caused by my Multiple Sclerosis, especially the…


Added by Jackie Cochran on February 11, 2017 at 12:51pm — No Comments

I Prove that I am not a Wimp

I Prove that I am not a Wimp

Yesterday morning it was above in the low 40’s F, thick clouds, and with a brisk north breeze/wind.  It was cold and raw, and when Darryl put Mia in the wash stall, she looked at me pointedly and I put her BOT butt blanket over her back.  Then I rushed to groom her head, ears and mane, and I put her BOT poll cap on.  Finally, Mia stopped giving me emphatic LOOKS with slightly unhappy eyes, she was just warm enough where she ached so she could relax and…


Added by Jackie Cochran on February 4, 2017 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Basic Knowledge of Anatomy Vital for All Owners

One of the essentials of owning a horse is to study, know and understand the anatomy of the animal. Most horse books contain diagrams marking the body parts and their workings.

I wonder how many of us can name the "points of a horse", know them off by heart and their…


Added by Flora Sofia on February 4, 2017 at 11:49am — No Comments

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