Further Adventures with My New Saddle
This week I rode three horses using my new saddle. Doing so made me appreciate my Corrector saddle pad even more than before! While my new Crosby looked like it fit the horses’ backs, withers and shoulders much better than my other English saddles, the two horses I used it on without the Corrector shortened their strides at the walk, did not move their backs as much, did “stabbing” trots, and otherwise indicated some…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on April 30, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments
Spring is Here
Yes, North Carolina in the spring. This is the best time of year here, the gnats and flies are still mostly absent, even the colder mornings warm up nicely, the birds are tweeting outside the window, and the horses are shedding what is left of their winter coats. The trees are flowering, the leaves are sprouting, and it is simply gorgeous!
Grooming Mia has been a hairy adventure in more ways than one. Of course, gobs and gobs of hair fly off her coat and the…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on March 19, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Debbie Says I am Looking Stronger in the Saddle
I have ridden three times since my last blog and all three times I made it to thirty minutes, and on one of these rides I made it to 37 minutes! I am losing track of time in the saddle since I no longer get totally exhausted after 20 minutes.
Both Mia and Cider are accepting contact better, so my weakness obviously affected my stability in the saddle. Both mares had been rather polite about my worsening hands, but as patient as…Continue
I Finally Rode for Thirty Minutes Again
Last Sunday I rode Cider, barely made it to 25 minutes, and I got even more discouraged about the present state of my body. Cider did great, when she started twisting herself up she readily obeyed my aids and straightened out, she kept contact fine, and she started backing up from me just advancing my waist. By the time I hit my endurance limit at 20 minutes, my back and thighs were hurting so much I got horribly depressed, and decided…Continue
I Wish I Still Had Some Energy
In the past two weeks, I rode three times. The weather down here is still going up and down, from the low 20’s F to almost 70 F, the horses are still shedding out early, and the ground never seems to totally dry out. This winter is challenging for both horse and rider.
I have been on Gilenya for almost 4 months, and my muscles are still suffering from greater exhaustion. Because of this, I am going backwards in my physical activity instead…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on February 20, 2016 at 11:38am — No Comments
Added by Jackie Cochran on January 30, 2016 at 12:26pm — No Comments
Winter Comes Back to Stay
Fortunately, since I am in the South, it is not a terribly severe winter. So far, all the precipitation has been liquid. Even with several killing frosts, some flies appear when it gets warm, and then another killing frost hammers them. Nights in the 20s F eventually get those nasty flies out of the picture.
Talking about flies, I have noticed something this year. In 2014, I noticed that the population of the “buzz bomber” flies was miniscule, and…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on January 16, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments
You Would Think That Spring Was Here
Between nights in the 20s F and days and nights of rain, it has been difficult for me to ride, therefore last week I seized the chance to ride twice, on Mia, two days in a row.
Wednesday morning came in at 23 F so I did not get to ride. Fortunately Debbie did not have a lesson already scheduled for Thursday morning so I got to ride then. When Debbie curried Mia gobs and gobs of Mia’s sub-coat came off, and when I got after her…Continue
At least I started the New Year right, I got to ride Mia on Jan. 1, the only time I got to ride this week.
On Tuesday I saw a few Bradford Pear trees in bloom in Charlotte, NC.
After three inches of rain and unseasonable warmth, a cold front finally pushed the rain off to the East. It was brisk on Friday with a cold breeze and it was still cloudy so there was no sun to bask in. When I was using my slicker brushes on Mia’s coat I found out that Mia has already…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on January 2, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments
I Got to Ride Christmas Day!
The last two weeks have been sort of odd. First, my gut decided that something was not right and acted up too much to ride, and when I did ride I got exhausted after only 20 minutes in the saddle. I got my gut issues under control enough so I could go see my oldest son finally get his PhD degree, a process that has taken many years. Between all of this I just got to ride twice, a much needed ride on Cider so I could get back to walking steadily on my…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on December 26, 2015 at 11:31am — No Comments
Cider Responded, Mia Did Not
Last Sunday I told Shannon to pick me up at my mailbox because my driveway now has major difficulties where it was dug up, now there is no place to turn a vehicle around on my land unless the driver wants to risk getting stuck. Since I was not able to carry my dressage saddle down I told Shannon I would ride in the EZ-Fit saddle I gave her, and I was so glad that I did not have to worry about bringing a saddle! But Shannon turns out to be much better at…Continue
The Drought is Over—At Least for Now
And all this rain is messing up my riding.
We were in a drought this summer, getting just enough rain to keep the grass growing somewhat and keep some of the crops from dying, but the ponds, lakes, streams and rivers were down several inches. Our local river, the Rocky River, lived up to…Continue