All Blog Posts Tagged 'collection' (8)

I Will Walk for Praise


                                                         I WILL WALK FOR PRAISE


When I got to ride Merlin today I did not have big hopes since he “got away” with standing for 15 minutes last week.  As usual I waited for Merlin to sigh, and then I did my escalation of my driving aids, WALK, light squeeze with both legs, then a light touch of my spurs.  To my utter surprise Merlin started walking after making me…


Added by Jackie Cochran on April 1, 2012 at 12:28pm — 3 Comments

It Feels As If--The Most Neglected Words in Equestrian Literature

Ever since I started reading books on riding I have been trying to puzzle out what the horsemen actually MEANT.  When I got my first horse I had the comforting illusion that I knew at least a little bit about riding (I had 4 years of trail riding as a young kid).  My first horse, a 5 year old just gelded green broke Anglo-Arab gelding quickly taught me that I did not know much at all.  Fortunately a few months after I got him I ran into and quickly adopted the…


Added by Jackie Cochran on October 23, 2011 at 3:30pm — 9 Comments

Enjoying the Horse's Gift, and Then Letting Go

I got to ride Mia twice this week, but, since Debbie wrenched her back badly, I didn't get a riding lesson. So I worked on things in my position that Debbie had been getting after me about, mostly making sure that my lower leg did not go too far back. Debbie DOES NOT like seeing the whole girth when I am riding, she wants my lower leg right at the girth. Of course…


Added by Jackie Cochran on August 29, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Another Blast from the Past--Caprilli on Contact

Captain Federico Caprilli of the Italian Cavalry, the originator of the modern jumping seat, left very few writings, just around 22 pages, that introduce us to the thinking of this revolutionary equestrian thinker. It is very easy to read these articles quickly and to sit back and go--oh…


Added by Jackie Cochran on August 15, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

I always knew she was brilliant...

So, last night Maggie and I had a lesson. We were outfitted with the running martingale, which is working well, although it got adjusted a bit tighter. Beauty of the running, it only engages when you need it and it doesn't help you actually ride your horse or get it round. It also takes away Maggie's favourite game of throwing her head in the air and doing whatever the hell she really wants to do... always a bonus.


So, we warmed up and then out comes the longe whip. Now we're…


Added by MagsNMe on August 12, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Watch Poky Go!


Added by Kimberly Cox Carneal on July 5, 2010 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Collection - The Sweet Reward

7 Steps to a Better Ride


By Deborah…


Added by Deborah Hopkins on May 30, 2010 at 10:18pm — No Comments

Natural Horsemanship Solutions: Bending and Collection - How do I set my horses head?

We often can see rider's setting their horse's heads by pulling the reins back and forth and the horse ends up in a head set, without experiencing true collection.... so how can we get our horses to offer collection and a nice round head set?…


Added by Lindsey Forkun on April 27, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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