The Best Reward
At least something good happened this week; I got my lesson from Debbie on Tercel! Her daughter that runs the stable when Debbie is gone, Sam, developed a gall stone and could not give me my lesson on Tilly, so I rode on Thursday since Debbie had come home early to take care of the stable.
Tercel had already gone on a trail ride on Tuesday, and he was not too sure about being ridden two days in a row, the poor horse. He showed his anxiety/displeasure by…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on August 15, 2015 at 3:09pm — No Comments
I Try My Stubben on Tercel
Debbie finally got back and I got my lesson on Tercel on Wednesday! It had been a whole month since I had a lesson on him, and I think he had not been ridden by Debbie either. I brought out my 45 year old Stubben Siegfried (plus the Corrector pad and the shims for it) to try on Tercel, and the EZ-Fit saddle just in case the Stubben did not work. Fortunately my husband did not mind lugging two saddles out to the van, plus two pads and three…Continue
My Plans Are Upset--But At Least I Get to Ride Tilly Again
I got to the stable Wednesday, all prepared to ride Tercel again and ready to see if I could get my Stubben Siegfried to fit him. Of course I also brought out my EZ-Fit saddle to use if the Stubben did not fit at all. I got there, Debbie’s car was not there, I went into the stable and Debbie’s daughter Sam told me that Debbie’s mother had died the night before, so everything was in total confusion. Sam kindly gave me a…Continue
Tilly is a Pony
The heat wave continues down here in NC, highs in the 90’s as far as one can see. I just got to ride once this week, but to help alleviate my boredom I got to ride a horse I’ve never ridden before!
Tilly is a pony, about 13.3? She is a sort of “dusty” palomino with a lot of pink skin around her muzzle. She is 30 years old, and I learned a little about her history. She was supposed to be horse sized (her dam was 16.1,) but her dam died the day after birth…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on July 18, 2015 at 12:32pm — No Comments
The Summer Doldrums
It has been rather hot down here, weeks of highs in the mid to upper 90’s F. In spite of having no air conditioning in my mobile home my MS has not gotten much worse, at least I am not stumbling all over the place and falling, and the horses are still letting me keep contact with the bit. It has been so hot that most of my painful muscle cramps have gone away and I have been able to stop using the Back on Track things on myself and the horses I ride. I think the…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on July 11, 2015 at 2:09pm — No Comments
Hot and Muggy
Summer weather has arrived down here in NC with a vengeance. Highs in the upper 90’s F, lows in the mid 70’s F, the sweat pours off of me, the horses come in from the paddocks with sweat matted coats, the insects are super active, the cows in the neighboring pasture congregate in the pond, and we appreciate any breeze. We wish for cooler weather in vain, the coolest high for the next ten days will be 93 F, and we may get several days at 100 F or higher. It is far…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on June 20, 2015 at 12:32pm — No Comments
Tercel is Starting to Learn My Language
It is almost summer, and down here in the sunny South the hot, muggy, and insect infested summer weather has arrived. On Wednesday it was cool enough to wear my Fits Techtread summer weight breeches and my Ovation Cool Rider long sleeve shirt and I handled the heat fine, but on Friday it was a few degrees warmer and a lot more humid so I put my coolest clothes on, my Kerrits Flow Rise Performance tights and FITS Fanfaire long…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on June 13, 2015 at 1:42pm — No Comments
Hope Springs Eternal
I love spring. As I sit in my bed typing this, a cool breeze is wafting, bringing in the wonderful, sweet honeysuckle scent from the over exuberant vegetation outside my bedroom window. The dawn chorus of bird song has replaced the nighttime toad/frog and insect chorus, right now it is in the high 60s F, but it will be in the low 80’s F, the heat and humidity is starting to come back here.
For my birthday my husband gave me enough money for…Continue
The Simple Pleasures of Life
I am greatly encouraged by my physical progress now. Knock on wood; I seem to finally be recovering from my 16 month old MS exacerbation. I had been recovering last summer, but then I got appendicitis 9 months ago and that really set me back, but now I seem to be making progress each week, miniscule progress each week but it adds up over the months! My walking is stronger though I still have a tendency to stagger, I have been able to do a LITTLE…Continue
The Heron is Back
I did not get to ride Cider last week, it rained.
So on Tuesday I called up Debbie to see who I would be riding for my lesson on Wednesday, and I found out she was still up at her mother’s and I would not get my lesson. At least I found out before I got to the stable with the wrong tack.
I just got to ride Mia this week. Luckily both rides were with ideal spring weather, sort of cool in the mornings (upper 40’s F), sunny, and rapidly…Continue
I Really Tried to Make My Leg Muscles Sore
During my two rides this week I worked on my gripping muscles. Of course, before I work on my gripping muscles, I have to make sure that I do not end up squeezing myself out of the saddle. Concentrating on keeping my heels and my knees down, I did succeed at practicing gripping with my calf without ruining the basic security of my seat.
Sunday was a marvelous day to ride Cider, my only complication is that I accidentally took Mia‘s…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on April 18, 2015 at 11:32am — No Comments
The Dark Side of Spring—GNATS!!!
Last Sunday was a marvelous Spring day—no gnats, sunny, warm, with a…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on April 11, 2015 at 3:35pm — No Comments
I Just Got to Ride Mia Last Week
Last week was sort of frustrating. When I called Shannon to ride on Sunday she told me that she and her husband had to finish a job, and since they run their own business I understood, small businesses depend on their reputations. Good ones get the job done. Then Debbie called me Tuesday to tell me I could not have my lesson because they were going to give all their horses their spring shots Wednesday morning. Well, the small Dy’on blinkers I…Continue
My Back is Still Hurting
Spring is here! The Bradford Pears and Forsythia are blooming, and I can see the leaf buds are starting to swell. I hope it lasts for a while.
I did not have a very pleasant ride on Tercel. Grooming him was fine, I had almost no problems brushing his ears or putting the poll cap on. He was a little antsy when I started my lesson but we walked around the ring and he was not horrible--UNTIL--a rude duck flapped its wings just after we passed it. …Continue
The Time Springing Forward Leads to Confusion
I rode all three horses this week. That was good. But losing an hour of sleep last weekend has made my mobility slightly worse, something that happens to me each Spring time change.
Cider had obviously enjoyed her three week vacation. Through the years I’ve ridden her I’ve noticed if Cider got an extended time off I essentially have to retrain her--this means halt, this means turn, this means back up, etc.. Now I know that…Continue
Tercel Shows Both Sides of His Personality This Week
It was cold on Wednesday morning, so cold that Debbie called me up to make sure I was coming. It was down to 25° F, and a light breeze was blowing. I told her it would really help me to ride since I was not able to ride either Friday or Sunday and my walking was getting worse, but if it was too cold for her it was fine, I could ride on Friday. She told me to come on out.
Added by Jackie Cochran on January 31, 2015 at 2:44pm — No Comments
I apologize to my readers for my lack of production this year, I just get so tired and discouraged that I can’t seem to write.
At least I kept riding last year, and that seemed to take up all my extra energy. I even made progress with my riding, Cider no longer reminds me of a pretzel as we walk and trot around Shannon’s small ring. Thanks to Cider’s refusal to accept anything less than perfection, my body finally seems to have figured out how to keep centered in…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on January 10, 2015 at 12:02pm — No Comments
Gosh Darn It--Mia Changes Her Mind Again!
Mia, the nearly 30 year old Arab mare I ride, seems to be going through various issues as she ages. Bits that used to be fully accepted start bothering her and she always lets me know in a few weeks if she wants me to change then.
Mia, in the past, has not particularly liked bitless bridles (old jumping caveson bridle, LG bitless, Nurtural cross-under bitless, Dr. Cook’s cross under bitless, Light Rider bitless, all three of…Continue
Debbie’s Horse Gets to Try a Different Saddle
Debbie, my wonderful riding teacher and manager of a big stable (38 horses or so) has a dream of doing long distance riding. She has her horse, Tercel, an Arabian gelding, but since he is an Arab it can be difficult to find a saddle that FITS him. If you are going to ride a horse long distances, a well fitting saddle is essential if you want a sound, usable horse at the end of the ride. She already bought one saddle that ended up not…Continue
Surviving The Summer
Well, I seem to have survived the summer heat. It has been a challenge living without air-conditioning but I got a wonderful surprise, this summer I had a LOT more endurance when riding in the heat. My youngest son, who has a BS in Biochemistry, told me that organisms have a mechanism when it is hot that protects the body’s proteins, and when the weather turns cold (or if a person is in air-conditioning a lot) the body stops doing this particular…Continue