The Polar Vortex Interferes With My Riding
Last week I got to ride twice. Riding is out for this week, it is just too cold in the mornings!
Sunday the 19th I got to ride Cider. I just walked since I was too weak to do anything more. I tried the same aids for the shoulder-in I used on Mia, but I just got one or two slight hints of Cider actually doing a shoulder-in. Now Cider used to be used for eventing so she has had at least some dressage training, so it could…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on January 30, 2014 at 1:41pm — No Comments
While Others Shiver I Sweat
My sympathies for all of you in the winter storm.
I actually rode FOUR times this week! Yes, I am exhausted, but we are due to get the winter storm by this weekend, snow and ice are going to try to make it down here on Sunday, Monday it will rain and next week it will be cold again. My son’s schedule changed so I grabbed the chance to ride today since I obviously will be huddling at home this weekend instead of enjoying horses.
Added by Jackie Cochran on December 6, 2013 at 4:05pm — No Comments
It is official, Cider and Mick LIKE having warm butts!
Last Sunday it was cold with a stiff breeze so I was glad I could introduce Cider to the Rambo Competition Sheet exercise rug. After Shannon groomed her I put it on and off her back and croup a few times and made sure to open and close the Velcro that holds it together at the withers. Long ago Cider had been evented so she probably was familiar with blankets though she had not seen one in years. Shannon…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on November 29, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
I Wimp Out In the Cold
We are on a temperature roller coaster down here in North Carolina. It is around 75° F today, but on Monday morning they are predicting a low of 19° F, if not lower.
Last Monday, when I rode Mia, it was warm, so warm I put on my technical fabric cool riding shirt, and by the end of my ride I was wishing I’d put on my ice-fill sleeves too since I was sweating. Two days later when I got to the stables…Continue
It Was a Bright and Shining Week
Because of the mares.
Last Sunday I got to ride Cider. When I greeted her she gave me a soft blow. When Shannon groomed her she gave little snorts of approval. While I rode her around the ring (at a walk) she started rewarding me when I used my aids properly with more little snorts of approval. Now don’t get me wrong, Cider still insisted that I get myself perfectly centered in the saddle from the start of my ride. But Cider’s hard work…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on November 15, 2013 at 10:23am — No Comments
I Got Ambitious, Did Too Much, and Got Exhausted
Well, it finally all caught up with me, making the wool saddle blanket so I could use it with my Corrector, cleaning my saddles every time I rode, and going up North to take my yearly lesson at North Fork. I started getting more and more tired, then I entered a fog of exhaustion and it started affecting my riding.
Two weeks ago I started off on a good note. I had gotten the book “American Dressage” by Chuck Grant, found…Continue
Mick Elevates at the Trot Again
Sorry about missing last week, when I sat down to write my blog my computer’s power cord burnt out.
Not being content with Mick’s trot I made yet another change to my padding system, this week I put the Corrector UNDER the wool saddle blanket I had adapted instead of on top of the saddle blanket. To recap my experiences so far--with triple fold woolen Western saddle blanket Mick gave me a non-banging sitting trot but he would not move…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on October 25, 2013 at 12:36pm — No Comments
My Stubben Siegfried is Fixed, Hurray!
Last Tuesday I went down to the tack store to pick up my Stubben, all ready to ride with new front billet straps. It did not take very long for the local tack specialist to replace the billets and it just cost me $87.00 USD. Now I do not have to worry anymore about a billet strap breaking and I can relax and enjoy riding in my ancient 43 year old saddle. When I got it home I put on stirrups and stirrup leathers, my sheepskin seat…Continue
When I went out to Debbie's stable Wednesday I had my notes about the low release for jumping in my pocket. While Debbie was finishing a stall I read them to her and asked her to help me during the lesson. Last week during my non-lesson ride, when I tried the low release on Mia I "heard" Mia ask me what in the world I was doing (Mia is a horse who tends to halt whenever she does not understand anything new.) I obviously needed eyes on the ground!
After we got out…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on February 26, 2012 at 1:59pm — No Comments
When I got up this morning the rain clouds were on the other side of Charlotte and slowly moving toward us. Hearing only the occasional drop on the roof I got ready to ride and made it out to Shannon's farm. And my luck held, the rain decided to wait and I got to ride Cider. Cider was happier with me than last week because this week I did the proper thing, dragged the heavy (for me) mounting block over and I MADE SURE the saddle and pad were in exactly the right place, centered…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on January 8, 2012 at 2:46pm — No Comments
I just lost the blog I wrote, let me try again. I really hate it when I hit the wrong key and EVERYTHING disappears, and this is almost happening to me every week now. Rant over.
I got my lesson in on Wendesday with Debbie. Mick was really stiff when he came out of the stall so I spent the first few minutes of my ride gently walking him around until he moved more freely. Then I started some gentle trotting, again…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on December 18, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments
I had fun riding this week. I didn't think I'd get my lesson in on Mick on Wednesday because there was rain all around, and it started sprinkling when we tacked up, but then it stopped and did not start again until my lesson was over! Then it poured. And it was warm, 65 F at dawn, with a warm wind, and I ended up riding in my shirt sleeves, in December no less. I don't ever remember riding in December and working up a sweat!
Mick went well, which was good since Debbie…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on December 11, 2011 at 4:17pm — No Comments
It has been a pretty good week.
Wednesday, for my lesson on Mick, I faced a super-saturated ring since we had 2 inches of rain earlier in the week. I could not practice extending Mick's trot, if I had tried I would have torn up the ring and everybody would have been splattered with wet sand. So it was mostly the walk with some sitting trot, nothing exciting at all. During…Continue
I am so fortunate, I am getting to ride three horses a week now regularly! The last time I got to ride three (well at one time it was five) horses in a week was back decades ago and I owned all the horses. On the good days, when it is cool and the sun shines, I miss feeding and taking care of my horses, but when it is bitter, windy, and cold or super hot and muggy I am so grateful I no longer have to get out there to take…Continue
Last week, riding on three horses, I tried out the new (for me) technique for turning described in Jean Luc Cornille's blog "Lateral Bending and Transversal Rotation Part 2."
When riding Forward Seat turning is rather simple, the rider uses the inside leading rein for gradual turns, the inside rein of direct opposition for a sharper turn, always advancing the outside rein, and using…Continue
All week I have been dragging around, getting over the cold I had. Tired, tired, tired! Even so I tried to ride. On Wednesday morning, after 2 1/2 inches of rain on Tuesday, Debbie called just before I put my boots on saying it was still raining at the stable. I re-scheduled my lesson for Thursday, and on Thursday morning the weather broadcast looked like I could get a ride in, but when we got a mile from the stable the heavens opened up. We went on to the…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on October 16, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments
I'm sort of tired, but I wanted to write this before I forgot!
First, I finally got Cider's saddle to stay centered on her back. As I've written before I had bought a Wintec Wide saddle to use on Cider. At first I could not keep the saddle centered, and since my balance is not good I had to repeatedly re-center my saddle on her back. Finally Shannon and I figured out something that…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on October 2, 2011 at 6:29pm — No Comments
This week I got to ride Debbie's new Arab, Mick, twice. Such a nice horse, so pretty, nice shoulder, good neck, well trained, obedient, and with a good attitude. Still he is not perfect. Riding him I feel less power under me than I do with Mia and Cider. Part of the reason for this is however well trained Mick is, somehow the previous trainers and riders did not do the gymnastic work necessary to strenthen Mick's hind end, and when I look past his sheer beauty I…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on September 4, 2011 at 12:22pm — No Comments
August is turning out to be an eventful month! First, my sympathy to all those on the East Coast who are suffering from Irene. Over here in Stanly County we were very fortunate, we just got clouds, some wind gusts and a tiny bit of rain. I feel sorry for all the people and domestic animals trying to deal with the enormous rainfall from this storm. May your houses, barns, paddocks and pastures drain off soon! How did the horses react to the earthquake in Virginia? We…Continue
I finally got out of the ring this week! Debbie's stable is part of a much bigger farm, and last week the farm owner redid some of his fences since his cows were escaping. When he did this he gave Debbie's riders a gate into a few acres of his woods and the woods already have trails. Halfway through my lesson she suggested going into the woods, and I was all for it. The sun was hot and I was already melting. So Debbie walked ahead and Mia and I…Continue