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I Return to What Worked Before

I Return to What Worked Before

I only got to ride once last week, sniff.

Since Cider was so upset over the last Weymouth I tried with her, I decided it would be best for both of us to go back to what definitely worked before. The time for experimentation is over, Cider did best with the former combination of the 125mm Fager…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on September 4, 2021 at 11:19am — No Comments

It’s with a heavy heart that I am writing this. I’m concerned I’m going to have to put my boy into retirement. What do you do if you have a 20-year-old horse that you love to death and he can’t perfo…

It’s with a heavy heart that I am writing this. I’m concerned I’m going to have to put my boy into retirement. What do you do if you have a 20-year-old horse that you love to death and he can’t perform anymore? There is no answer but one. You keep him. But what if you want to still compete? How does one afford two horses? I need help! Here is Henry and his ice boots for the third month in a row hoping he will be better soon.…

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Added by Bricole Reincke on September 9, 2021 at 12:43am — 1 Comment

A Warm Croup

A Warm Croup

Last Sunday I had a pretty good ride on Cider. Even though it was cooler Cider was not flinching as much.

When we drove up to Shannon's place her mom, Nancy, was getting Cider ready. I noticed that Nancy had put the Fenwick quarter sheet over Cider's croup, she said that she thought Cider might appreciate it…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on September 11, 2021 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Thank Goodness it was Cooler

Thank Goodness it was Cooler

Of course this did not do much to improve our humidity.

Debbie was delayed so her daughter, Sam, had gone ahead and caught MJ, fed him his private flake of breakfast hay, cleaned out his hooves and brushed the caked mud off by the time I got there. Since his belly was full/er Sam brought him to…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on August 7, 2021 at 10:51am — No Comments

Oakley Diaries 49 - The Quiddity of Riding in Summer Sun 2020

This is a good summer, so far.

Last winter, I decided that I would just take it easy, no galloping through the snow in the blowing wind. my appetite for bitterly cold winds and frozen hands has severely diminished. Not this year. I did feel well enough, in January, to begin once again, with my 5BX fitness program, since it starts so gently, it was good way to get back into fit shape. Oakley got occasional grooming, maybe an apple or a carrot, and just hang out for a bit. No riding,…

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Added by B. G. Hearns on July 15, 2021 at 12:21pm — 1 Comment

Changing Back My Bridle Works

Changing Back My Bridle Works

Last Sunday Shannon picked me up. This meant that did not get to ride in the coolest part of the morning but it was not too bad.

I accidentally picked up MJ's bridle when I got my tack together that morning. Neither Shannon or I noticed this until rather late in the ride. After feeling fiery…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on July 24, 2021 at 10:38am — No Comments

New Release-Embrace of the Wild-Set your spirit free

Free spirit and fearless explorer Isabella Lucy Bird’s (1831-1904) desire to travel and write about her adventures is not what her Evangelical parents had in mind for their daughter. A strong-willed woman with a keen intellect and curious mind drove her forward, but frail health prevented Isabella from leading the vibrant life she so desired. At the age of forty, she pushed all social convention aside, ignored failed remedies of the doctors and embarked on a world voyage in 1873 that changed…

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Added by Linda Ballou on March 15, 2021 at 3:43pm — 1 Comment

Making the Sitting Trot Enjoyable

Making the Sitting Trot Enjoyable

For both the horse and the rider.

I got to ride three times this week! On Wednesday I got my lesson, I was still sort of off from less riding so it was not a “perfect” lesson. MJ is ridden by other people in lessons, and as time goes on Debbie discovers his preferences and how his body ends…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on March 13, 2021 at 11:08am — No Comments

Benefit of COVID- I found my best friend

With COVID times, I find that my best friend has become my horse. My appreciation to be a rider has soared and I am so thankful for my beautiful boy. I ride him 5 days a week and see him 7. If only I could have him on my property my life would be perfect. Just wanted to share how blessed I am :)…

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Added by Bricole Reincke on February 16, 2021 at 10:37pm — No Comments

Yet Another Turning Aid

Yet Another Turning Aid

MJ was a little bit less sensitive this week. I had learned my lesson and curried his back with my gentlest curry comb, the Zoom Groom Cat grooming tool, with soft and flexible inch long prongs that feel rubbery, this is the tool that I use on his head. He did not flinch at all when I used it on his back, but when I used my wooden massage roller on his back he flinched…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on March 6, 2021 at 1:56pm — No Comments

I Hope I am Back to Riding Again

I Hope I am Back to Riding Again

I had not had a lesson for two whole months. I had not ridden for over 5 weeks. Such is my life in the times of winter and the Covid-19 super-spreader events and resulting surges of cases. The holiday period has passed, the insurrection at the US Capitol ended, we have a new President in the USA (YEAH!!!) and maybe, just maybe, effective action now will be taken…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on January 23, 2021 at 11:52am — No Comments

All the Best for a Healthy 2021

As we all sit back and watch 2020 come to a close, most of us are looking forward to seeing the year slide out. For us, 2020 was full of changes. Some of these changes we knew were coming and we were quite excited. Some came out of left field and made us sad. We watched good friends sell their business and go into a well deserved retirement. But as Father Time has taught us time and again, things never go as planned. Their long awaited retirement lasted about 6 months before…
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Added by Kerri Morden-Marsolais on December 31, 2020 at 10:10am — No Comments

The Oakley Diaries 48 - January Winds

After taking two months off since my rotational fall, I got back in the saddle once for a nice, quiet ride across the now empty farm fields that stretch along the ridge behind the barn. I didn't even think of going into the sand ring. We just had a nice, calm walk and no excitement, no trotting, no workout. He skirted around the fallen trees from the wind-storms and we didn't go into the forest because of the fallen trees in the forest. We probably wouldn't have gone in anyway because I…

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Added by B. G. Hearns on January 20, 2021 at 10:03pm — 1 Comment

A Scary Experience

So I had an extremely interesting ride today. It's been a couple weeks since I have gone out to the barn, but with clients coming out tomorrow I really had to get on a couple of the buggers to get them ready.



My first ride was great! The horse is extremely trustworthy and equally good outside as he is inside - a total ammy horse!



The second ride... Well this is where things got fun. The mare is not only chestnut, but…
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Added by Moocow on October 13, 2020 at 9:52pm — 1 Comment

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