All Three Horses Point to my Right Hand
Last Sunday I rode a still sore Cider. When I went to buy the supplement that worked somewhat on Cider's arthritis the feed store was out, so I got the “Stop the Pain” supplement after consulting with Shannon. By Sunday Cider had been on the new supplement (AND a feed that included some supplements that help arthritis) for a week. Shannon was happy that…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on October 6, 2018 at 11:23am — No Comments
It astounds me, as I comb through back issues of magazine articles, online articles, and books on equitation, the degree to which I now find myself adding a mental asterisk to almost every exercise and lesson, especially whenever it mentions "quiet seat" or "keep the hands/legs quiet" or some such: *if you have enough leg strength.
That little aspect rarely, if ever, get mentioned; it gets glossed over, in fact by almost everyone. Even Clinton Anderson, in his videos…Continue
What is “Prism-Equus”?
Linda Finstad is a world renowned equine photographer who spent many, many years capturing the beauty and grace of horses on camera. Her work in the field fostered a deep fascination for equine body language and communication which lead to her book “How to De-code equine body language” in which Linda Finstad uses photography coupled with years of experience and research Linda Finstad to reveal the secret language of…Continue
Added by Linda Finstad on September 10, 2018 at 7:03am — No Comments
Like bookends to the dressage pattern’s rhythm and brilliance, the halt is a moment to compose beforehand and reflect afterwards. This week Jill Irving reflected on her FEI WEG performance regarding the challenge of the…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on September 16, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Finally, an Acceptable Bit
This week, after the promised three weeks in the 23mm egg-butt stainless steel snaffle, I went back to experimenting with my new collection of titanium coated snaffle bits with Coach. Debbie and I both decided that, due to Coach's extreme fussiness with bits off contact, we should next try the titanium coated Mullen mouth snaffle. This bit addresses two of Coach's…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on September 29, 2018 at 11:03am — No Comments
Equine vets are filling up on the latest, smartest research this week at the British Equine Vet Congress. We all benefit , don’t we?... as new evidence trickles into our barns, it changes our treatments and traditions. It often changes our minds.
Here’s just one of the top seminar tweets…”Based on Dr.…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on September 24, 2018 at 4:02pm — No Comments
What are the welfare challenges facing pleasure and competition horses? A four-year research study, led by academics at the University of Bristol’s School of Vet Sciences set to find out. I thought it was cool that experts from across the equine industry contributed to the research- vets, farriers,…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on July 25, 2018 at 8:54am — No Comments
Join us for Equine Affaire in Massachusetts, 8-11, 2018. Experience the nation's premiere equine exposition, featuring more than 230 unique clinics, seminars, and demonstrations by top professionals in the horse industry. Equine Affaire also hosts the largest trade show in the East, showcasing hundreds of commercial exhibits, an extensive Breed Pavilion, an educational Equine Fundamentals Forum, the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition, and a special evening show - the Fantasia, a musical…Continue
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Added by Olivia Jones on July 19, 2018 at 11:17am — 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
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
Added by Helen Stassen on April 12, 2018 at 7:41pm — No Comments
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
Added by Lois Keays on April 1, 2018 at 6:45pm — No Comments
Added by Ruth Hogan Poulsen on November 12, 2017 at 11:13pm — No Comments
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