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…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on March 25, 2017 at 11:54am — No Comments
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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…Continue
Added by Jean Klosowicz on March 12, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on March 18, 2017 at 12:56pm — No Comments
Added by Helen Stassen on February 27, 2017 at 12:12pm — No Comments
i WAS JUST CURIOUS. I RECENTLY PURCHASED A BEAUTIFUL WESTERN SADDLE. DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THERE IS A WAY TO TELL IF ITS A PARADE SADDLE OR A SHOW SADDLE? I HAVEBLOOKED ALL OVER THE INTERNET WITH NOT MUCH LUCK. THANKS FOR ANY ADVICE/HELP IN THE MATTER!…Continue
Added by Angie Pearson on February 27, 2017 at 12:34pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Stefanie Reinhold on February 27, 2017 at 5:34pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on February 18, 2017 at 11:37am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Jean Klosowicz on February 12, 2017 at 8:40pm — No Comments
The more we ride them the better we get at memorizing them. We build upon previous experiences and observations. Our brains are actually changed. We’re learning to learn.
So, if experience goes through the routine, perhaps wisdom says, This is the way things typically go.
Added by Lindsay Grice on January 27, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments
Next time you are in the barn take a few minutes to look at your hay. Are you familiar with the quality of it or guessing it? What about the nutrient content? "Forage Is First" rule applies to all horses - their digestive systems work the best when ample forage is supplied. But not all forages are…Continue
Added by Jean Klosowicz on February 3, 2017 at 7:59pm — No Comments