Rebel Without a Cause
This week we are having a heat wave down here in NC, hot and humid, the type of weather where sweat drips off of my face. Today I did not ride Mia because the dew point was 75° F, and it is supposed to get up to 97° F in the shade. All week I had been…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on July 21, 2017 at 12:40pm — No Comments
Added by Helen Stassen on June 20, 2017 at 7:43am — No Comments
Cider Likes Her New “Hat”
Last week I only got to ride once since Debbie had summer camp. Fortunately I have something new to report about my relationship with Cider!
Cider, an Arab/Welsh pony mare in her twenties, and I had been in a sort of frustrating round of identical rides week after week. With the help of my Kerrits…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on June 24, 2017 at 2:46pm — No Comments
It’s not uncommon at open shows to see a red ribbon fastened on the tail of a horse. The message? Stay away. I kick.
if your horse’s territorial nature has gone so far as to warrant a red ribbon it's time to go back and do some homework before going off property. (More on that next…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on June 5, 2017 at 1:41pm — No Comments
Instead of donning a red tail ribbon, train towards and attitude adjustment.
Added by Lindsay Grice on June 7, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments
An Arabian Mare Can Touch My Soul
Summer has arrived down here in North Carolina, and so far this is the type of summer I remember from decades ago, HOT, MUGGY, and with many afternoon thunderstorms. Within a minute of stepping outside the sweat starts, and unless there is a breeze the modern summer tech fabric shirts and tights do not work very well. At least we are not in a drought this year,…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on June 17, 2017 at 3:44pm — No Comments
It's almost the middle of show season and after months of preparation, training and schooling, horses are expected to be at their best and perform unconditionally. Many horse owners are quick (and excited!) to purchase new tack and equipment, new show clothing, take extra lessons and even switch up…Continue
Added by Jean Klosowicz on June 18, 2017 at 5:35pm — No Comments
Avoid it - If I’m going to stir up a storm, I need to be able to ride through whatever horse’s response so that he doesn’t find bucking rewarding. So I might come at a training problem in another way vs attacking head on.
Examples – small wins vs epic wins. 3 % improvement. Aim to never have to…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on May 26, 2017 at 7:30pm — No Comments
My daughter chose a ball for us, pink and purple of course. We had been targeting a ball getting ready, now we had a ball specially for this, it had stopped snowing and I had a moment. He walked up to the ball and touched as soon as he got in the round pen. I clicked him but he didn’t want a treat, there was some grass. I guess that works. I left him to eat some grass so he wouldn’t be so desperate for it when we started working and got the rest of my stuff. When I came back we got down to…Continue