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
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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
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
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…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on June 13, 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
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
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
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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
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
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When the Weather Interferes With My Riding
It has been a frustrating week for me as a horseback rider! I missed out on riding Cider last Sunday because the weather forecasters were predicting rain in the morning, so I called Shannon and we canceled my ride. Sunday morning there was no rain and I was miffed, until later in the afternoon when there were…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on October 14, 2017 at 3:31pm — No Comments
In our weekly lesson we are now jumping about 85cm (2'9") which probably doesn't sound like a big deal, but my desire is not to jump as high as possible in as short a time as possible, but rather to excel at going over jumps, raising the bar a bit at a time, and address whatever shortcomings become most obvious as the difficulty increases. My immediate goal, is to ride around in rhythm, to turn to the jump in rhythm, go over the jump in…Continue