Increasing My Stability in the Saddle
When I got my new Pegasus Butterfly jumping saddle, I noticed that the saddle leather was more slippery than the leather in my old Stubben and Crosby saddles. My riding teacher, Debbie, started getting after me more about the position of my lower legs. Where before, when I was riding in the Stubben or Crosby saddles, she was pretty much content with the stability of my lower leg, she changed to correcting my lower leg several times each…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on January 7, 2017 at 4:53pm — No Comments
I am Riding Mia Again!
When I stopped riding Mia three months ago, she was not pleased with the way that my new saddle and pad combination was working on her back. She “muttered” under her breath that she was too old to put up with such shenanigans, that the shifting saddle was just TOO IRRITATING, and that she would appreciate me not riding her until I figured out how to keep the saddle stable. So I worked on figuring out how to stabilize the saddle on Bingo and Cider, and when I…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on December 24, 2016 at 11:52am — No Comments
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 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
My New Pegasus Butterfly Saddle Gets Baptized in the Rain
I did not get to ride Cider last Sunday so I did not get to see if putting the shims in the Pegasus pad was the answer to our problems during our last ride.
On Wednesday morning, as we drove out to Debbie’s stable, it started drizzling with some bigger drops of rain. I decided that hey, I’m tough, I ride hunt seat, and foxhunters often ride in the rain. Luckily for me, Debbie agrees that a light rain is really no…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on September 24, 2016 at 12:35pm — 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
Gee, I have Written 300 Blogs so far on Barnmice!
A little over seven years ago, I started writing blogs on Barnmice. I appreciate my readers (though a little more feedback would be appreciated) for continuing to read about my boring rides, stuck in the riding ring, proceeding mostly at a walk. I do hope that you, the reader, have been inspired by my writings to listen to your horse!
Last Sunday Shannon figured out how to put my new Amigo Fly Rider flysheet on the…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on July 23, 2016 at 1:43pm — No Comments
I Finally Got My Grandson Up On a Horse!
During the decades that I owned horses, I had a fantasy of horses in my grandkids lives. However real life interfered long before my grandson appeared on the scene. Since I no longer have horses my grandson did not get to meet horses, and I could not just pop him up on a trusted horse.
But now I have a big enough house to have a spare bedroom, so my son, Tally, and grandson, Will, can stay overnight, and since they live just a few…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on July 16, 2016 at 11:11am — No Comments
I Just Ride at a Walk Until I Get Heat Sick
The past three weeks I have been sick, again. My digestive system has decided it does not like food and that it does not particularly want to digest food. Between constant nausea and diarrhea that will not quit permanently, I have spent most of my time collapsed in my bed. However, after one week in bed I ended up with horrible back spasms, so I have been trying to ride as much as possible, at a walk since I am so darn weak. I am hoping…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on July 9, 2016 at 12:33pm — No Comments
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