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