My hands continue to improve, they are steadier and and more acceptable to the horses.
When I got up on Cider last Sunday I was prepared for her to decide that, on second thought, she did not appreciate me changing to the JP Dr. Bristol snaffle. Hey, she is a mare, the weather is spring like, her coat is…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on March 3, 2018 at 11:37am — No Comments
I Did Not Have to Warm Up My Bit
It got up to 80ºF a few times this week. I wore my summer riding clothes, the horses were not buried under exercise sheets, and all the horses are shedding out rapidly.
Added by Jackie Cochran on February 24, 2018 at 2:26pm — No Comments
I Discover a New Muscle in My Back
This was a good week, I got to ride all three horses!
It was so warm on Sunday Shannon did not even put the butt blanket or neck cover on Cider. The ring was a little squishy because of the snow and rain last week, so all I could do was walk. Cider gave me an indication that she wanted to…Continue
Bingo Reverts to His Old Habits
Because of the cold my riding schedule got messed up. Wednesday morning it was 19°F at the stable, I had already rescheduled my lesson because of the weather forecast. Debbie was willing to give me a lesson on Thursday morning, but then Debbie called me about how she had to baby-sit…Continue
Winter Rules for Now
Yesterday we got our first real snow this winter down here in NC. It snowed steadily for a few hours yesterday afternoon but it was too warm for any of it to stick, even my porch railing was bare. Friday morning it felt so cold, damp and raw when I opened my front door that I KNEW that Mia would curse me out if I tried to ride, even with two butt blankets on her. “Are you…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on December 9, 2017 at 11:08am — No Comments
Have I Found “Another Piece of the Puzzle”?
Ever since I started doing the “rider's push-ups” six weeks ago I have experienced many moments of feeling quite unstable on the horses' backs. I achieved some feeling of stability while doing the “rider's push-ups” on Bingo, a gelding, but I never really got rid of the feeling of teetering in my stirrups while on the mares, Cider and Mia. At first I…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on October 7, 2017 at 11:40am — No Comments
Pigs, Buzz-Bombers, Heat, Humidity, Oh My!
I had an interesting ride on Cider last Sunday at Shannon's farm. As Shannon saddled Cider I say my first buzz-bomber fly of the year, upsetting Cider, but she calmed down when Shannon put more fly spray on her and then put on her Amigo Fly-Rider exercise sheet and neck covering.…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on August 19, 2017 at 11:39am — No Comments
Cleaning and Conditioning Some Saddles
First, my rides. Last Sunday it was BEAUTIFUL, it was relatively cool, it was not very humid, the sun was shining through gorgeous white fluffy clouds, and I was so glad that I got to ride Cider! Not that Cider is any happier with my riding, she still points out how my balance is just too horrible to expect any straightness from her, so I have to…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on August 5, 2017 at 11:50am — 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
My New Wellep Full Cheek Double Jointed Snaffle
A few weeks ago, on Ebay, I found this listing for an “extremely rare” Wellep Full Cheek Double Jointed Snaffle. Yes, this bit IS extremely rare, I have been haunting Ebay for seven years, frequently checking for any Wellep bits for sale, and this was the first time I had seen a double jointed Wellep bit for…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on May 27, 2017 at 12:12pm — No Comments
I Compared My Most Secure Full Seat Riding Pants
In last weeks blog I told all of you about my experiment in using both my Corrector saddle pad and my Kerrits IceFil tights, and how my Pegasus Butterfly jumping saddle stopped shifting so much to the side. On Sunday morning it was a bit cool and a wind was blowing, so I decided to wear my FITS Performax full seat deer skin breeches instead,…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on May 13, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Signs of Progress
This has been an amazing week for my riding. I finally managed to stabilize my new saddle so it stays centered on the horses’ backs, and I stopped slipping and sliding around in my saddle. The horses were happier, Debbie, my riding teacher was amazed, and if I were not exhausted I would feel like I was in my twenties again.
Two lessons ago, Debbie was please with a lot of my riding and Bingo’s responses, but she was NOT pleased that I could not keep myself…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on May 6, 2017 at 12:47pm — No Comments
Maybe I Finally Got the Shims Right with Bingo
This week I finally came to the realization that, at least on horses with the croup high &/or sway back conformation, the key to getting my new Pegasus Butterfly saddle working correctly, is to shim my pad correctly. I also established that when I made my stirrup leathers uneven (to reflect that my right leg is shorter than my left leg), my seat stays centered in the saddle without much extra work on my part.
Last Sunday I…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on December 3, 2016 at 1:25pm — No Comments
Is My Right Leg Shorter Than My Left Leg?
Last Sunday, for my ride on Cider using my new Pegasus Butterfly saddle, I added both the ¼” and 3/16” bridging shims to my Contender II BOT/ThinLine pad. This made the pad thicker, which meant Shannon had trouble getting Cider’s string girth to the bottom hole of the billet straps. If we had used any girth but a mohair string girth we would have been in real trouble, but since the string girth has some stretch to it Shannon finally got…Continue
I May Have Found a Partial Solution
In my last blog, I revealed my latest problems with my riding. Since I could not get myself satisfactorily centered in my new Pegasus Butterly saddle, I blamed the whole problem on my MS messing up my proprioceptive system. But then I thought further on my problem, and I came up with the idea that the shims in the Pegasus pad may not have worked satisfactorily in filling up Bingo’s (and Mia’s) sway back or in ameliorating Cider‘s…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on November 19, 2016 at 2:50pm — No Comments
I Developed a New Problem with my Riding
You would think that with over 45 years experience as a rider, that I would never come up with a new, seemingly unsolvable problem. However, with my Multiple Sclerosis, plus my horrible misadventure with a new MS drug, that is exactly what happened to me.
I started shifting my whole body to the left.
As you know I bought a new saddle, the Pegasus Butterfly Claudia jumping saddle. I love this saddle, I can get my seat really…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on November 5, 2016 at 1:49pm — No Comments
I Start Riding Bingo More
During my lesson on Bingo on Wednesday, he did fine until we were trotting around, when he did a twisting evasion so he would not have to trot at a particular place at the rail. He had caused another rider a problem at the same place during another lesson (by breaking into a canter), so Debbie went to that spot, dug down, and concluded that she would have to have the base of the ring repaired at that place. Bingo was obviously trying to tell everyone…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on October 9, 2016 at 2:23pm — No Comments
We Stabilized My Pegasus Butterfly Saddle on Cider’s Back
Last Sunday I got to try my new Pegasus Butterfly saddle on Cider again. I found my only string girth, washed it, and I prayed it would fit Cider. When I got to Shannon’s farm we both put the Pegasus pad on Cider’s back, I explained how we wanted the top part of the pad (the part right under the panels of the saddle) to be sort of flat, and we ended up putting all four shims in the second and third pockets on…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on October 1, 2016 at 3:27pm — No Comments
My Pegasus Butterfly Saddle
First of all, my condolences to Ronnie, who sold me my Pegasus Butterfly saddle, his mother-in-law died and he was at her funeral the day I first used my new saddle. I chose not to interrupt him during that difficult day, so my challenges with my new saddle are not his fault, or the fault of the saddle. At least he went ahead and sent me the saddle when he said he would, so I got to ride in it this week. He also told me last week that to “break in” the…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on September 17, 2016 at 12:19pm — No Comments
Bingo Was Not Behaving
Last Sunday, while I was riding Cider at Shannon’s farm, I decided not to use my upper thighs to influence Cider’s spine. Instead I concentrated my attention on keeping my heels down, thus making my seat more secure.
Well, Cider was quite good. My work with my upper thighs the last few weeks certainly pain off! At no time during my ride did Cider scrunch herself up into a pretzel, and while we were not quite as straight she cheerfully accepted contact…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on September 10, 2016 at 12:38pm — No Comments