MJ and I are old. Our joints ache at the best of times. Throw in ANYTHING, the weather, sleeping on the wrong side, MJ being bullied out in the paddock, a little bit of gas, and our whole system gets thrown out and we just can't do stuff that is easy when conditions are good.
Like my rides on MJ. In the past…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on September 23, 2023 at 10:36am — No Comments
I've Been Studying Horse Anatomy
I have been riding MJ for my riding lessons, walk, trot, halts and turns. I have also been riding my Home Horse with Shannon's help every Sunday, and last Sunday I made it to 22 minutes riding my Home Horse!!!! But there has been nothing new, nothing exciting and certainly nothing ground breaking in my riding this summer. Riding in the summer heat can get boring…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on September 9, 2023 at 10:25am — No Comments
The Heat is Getting to Me...
And the smoke from the wildfires in the North American continent just makes it worse for me. The horses deal with this more easily than I do so at least I have the comfort that I am not asking the horse to do too much as I walk and trot around the ring.
When I got to the stable for my lesson with…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on August 19, 2023 at 1:57pm — No Comments
Sorry I've Been Gone
I have not ridden much lately because I just cannot deal with the heat, the polluted air, and the humidity, all of which affect my ability to write as well as my ability to ride a horse.
There were other reasons I did not get many lessons lately,…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on July 22, 2023 at 12:09pm — No Comments
For me the beginning of the Summer weather has been a lazy time, very lazy time. I had gotten over whatever was wrong with me, I was really looking forward to my lesson, but when I went outside for my lesson two weeks ago I faced a new challenge, extremely dirty air. This was from the wildfires in eastern Canada visiting us just in time for my riding lesson, bummer.…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on June 17, 2023 at 12:20pm — No Comments
Getting FORWARD in my Saddle
I'm sorry it has been so long. My son visited and he was carrying some bug or another and I got sick. Since then my energy levels have been LOW.
I did get some rides in. I got some different stuff from MJ but I paid for my rides with my aching joints and muscles. Then my energy levels plummeted,…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on June 3, 2023 at 10:30am — No Comments
Now I'm a Human Barometer
Lately I have not posted much because my body, all of a sudden, has decided to become a weather forecaster for rain. Two days before the rains come many of my joints and muscles start suffering tearing pains and any exercise I do before the rains come ends up causing even more pain extending for days. Just one of the perils of being older I guess.…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on April 29, 2023 at 2:39pm — No Comments
MJ “Forgives” My Mistake
As in he mostly ignored it. Good Boy!
I hadn't ridden a real live horse for three weeks so I was excited when I got ready to go to the stable for my riding lesson. Since lots of my joints ached when I woke up I had put on various pieces of my BOT/Fenwick/Incrediwear far infra-red radiation therapy…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on April 8, 2023 at 11:04am — No Comments
Changing Weather Brings on a Protest
Last week I did my homework, first 4 minutes on the Anywhere Saddle Chair (ASC) then two days later 10 ½ minutes on the ASC because Shannon had the sniffles and did not come out on Sunday. This last session made me tired, on Monday I woke up really tired and I was moving very slowly all day. Then on Monday I rode my Home Horse (HH) for 5 minutes when my…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on March 11, 2023 at 10:58am — No Comments
My Homework Paid Off
Wednesday morning did not start off that well. My hands were klutzy when I dressed for riding, all of a sudden starting zippers and getting straps through buckles became a major challenge. When I got to the barn and Debbie brought MJ in he decided that he did NOT like the sound of the clippers as another horse got his head trimmed in the next wash stall. MJ was moving from…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on March 4, 2023 at 10:49am — No Comments
Tired of Being Exhausted
When I bought my Home Horse (HH) and Anywhere Saddle Chair (ASC) I was full of bright and optimistic hopes of improving my riding, of increasing the strength of my riding muscles, of improving my balance, and of being able to practice such mundane things like posting and 2-point. I was determined not to let these simulators just sit and collect dust, darn it I was going…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on February 11, 2023 at 2:04pm — No Comments
Last Sunday I got to ride Cider, for the first time in over 6 months at Shannon's new place where I had not ridden Cider before, in her current pasture. Cider was all groomed and waiting for the saddle when we got there so I did not have to wait long to ride. I had change from the BOT/ThinLine Contender II pad with center shims to a combination of a Fenwick Western pad with a…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on February 4, 2023 at 11:08am — No Comments
Establishing a Base for Movement
I got my lesson this week. I even trotted twice. Of course MJ was rather stiff at the beginning so we meandered around in 2-point for a minute or two while he warmed up with the help of all the far infra-red gear I put on him for my rides. He did OK during the ride but he most definitely did not feel like extending his walking stride so I contented myself with a…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on January 21, 2023 at 11:58am — No Comments
Working on My Core Muscles
I did get a lesson this week on Wednesday with Debbie. I told her of my physical exhaustion from exercising too much on my Home Horse and that I would just be walking for my lesson.
MJ started off STIFF. Debbie told me that his leaser and her daughter rode him on Tuesday and I think he felt it in…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on January 14, 2023 at 11:20am — No Comments
I Did Too Much for my MS
I have one personality trait that does NOT go well with having MS, I tend to be too ambitious for my own good. When I start physical work I try to start of sort of slow, but my ambition drives me to do just a little bit more, then a little bit more. This always ends up the same way, I get into a deep exhaustion and all progress comes to a screeching halt.…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on January 7, 2023 at 11:25am — No Comments
Strengthening My Seat
I did not get to ride a real, live horse this week, my usual riding days started off in the low 20s F, the ring would have been frozen and we would have thought we were frozen solid in the cold wind.
At least now I have an alternative that exercises many of my riding muscles.…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on December 31, 2022 at 1:37pm — No Comments
I Welcome My Home Horse
I apologize for my long absence. I had two rather boring lessons of the same old, same old, nothing new to discuss. During this time I learned about the Home Horse (http://www.homehorse.com/), I saved up enough money, and I bought one. It got here before the weather, either rain or COLD, interfered with my riding. My husband put it…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on December 24, 2022 at 11:26am — No Comments
A Smoother Sitting Trot
Monday it was hot and humid. I did wear my technical fabric tights, shirt and socks, but I should have worn my ice vest instead of my protective vest. I only walked but I ended up hot and sweaty, and I felt exhausted before the end of my placid ride.
MJ was stiff since he had been in a St. Jude's…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on November 12, 2022 at 2:08pm — No Comments
One Reason Why I Use the Double Bridle
The weather down here has been wonderful for riding, the worst I had to deal with was a minute or two of a sort of serious sprinkle but the rest of my rides were rain free.
When I got to the stable Monday morning it was a lot more crowded than usual. They had gone to a show on Sunday…Continue
Monday morning it was cool and misting, so of course I went to ride. A little mist is not going to keep me out of the saddle. Luckily the mist tapered off and I did not have to ride in the rain like I feared would happen.
I got my upper body warmed up by currying and brushing MJ's body and legs. He was pretty quiet…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on October 29, 2022 at 11:12am — No Comments