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
The Curb Bit Extends MJ's Strides
My homework ride on Monday did not bring any excitement just walking around the ring, but at my age and with my MS I really do not want any exciting rides any more. MJ stopped complaining about missing his day off, he strode on with no difficulties, and I got to admire a boarder's horse in the ring, a black ASB gelding.…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on October 22, 2022 at 2:55pm — No Comments
From Toes to Heels
I had an exciting week. I got a homework ride in! Yeah, the ride itself, 30 minutes at a walk on a horse “saying”--”this should be a day off for me”--isn't that exciting, it is that for the first time in months I got to ride twice a week! Hurrah!!!!! I also discovered that if I did some more grooming—curry comb and dandy brush, that my back did not hurt between my shoulders…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on October 15, 2022 at 12:06pm — No Comments
What I'll Look For
When I got up on MJ for my lesson this week I told Debbie I was NOT going to be doing the sitting trot for a while. Ten days after I tried to sit MJ's trot I still hurt, mainly my upper back between my shoulder blades. It hurts, it creaks, and I have decided that until MJ gives me a really clear signal that his back feels good enough for me to sit his trot, good enough so his…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on October 8, 2022 at 11:19am — No Comments
Oh My Aching Back
MJ is happier with me. Last week he nuzzled me once when I groomed, this week he nuzzled me at least three times. Two weeks ago he gave a derisive snort when I made a comment about badly behaved dogs in the ring, this week he gave contented little quiet snorts when he obeyed my aids.
It has taken me over…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on October 1, 2022 at 11:38am — No Comments
Indirectly Helping MJ's Knee
I approached my lesson on Wednesday full of confidence. I now have my own, private, set of front leg boots for MJ. I don't have to tire myself by hunting for them anymore, they are clean, and I can be SURE that MJ's right knee feels more comfortable while moving.
For me while riding MJ this boot…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on September 17, 2022 at 1:27pm — No Comments
No Boots, No Go
The heat and humidity are not letting up much down here in NC.
Since forgetting to put on my Q30 collar I now put it on before I leave the house. At least my brain is protected from moving around in my skull as the car moves over the sometimes bumpy roads and driveways. It felt tight at first but by the time…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on September 10, 2022 at 11:41am — No Comments
My Ankle Acts Up
Last week I wanted to get out of the house. I walked down the gravel road to see the neighbor's horses in their paddocks, I just wanted to see horses and I wanted to smell them too! I walked with my two canes, slowly and carefully, and I never felt anything wrong.
That afternoon my right ankle swelled up,…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on September 3, 2022 at 10:27am — No Comments
A Good Cushion Can Help
I got to try my new ThinLine shock absorbing pad on MJ during my lesson on Wednesday.
Addison helped me groom MJ and tack him up until Debbie drove up. We put MJ's Fenwick Western pad on first with the ThinLine+ Contour pad on top of it, then the saddle. I had brought out a longer girth just in case…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on August 20, 2022 at 10:56am — No Comments
Time for a Change
Sorry I've been gone for a while. NOTHING much was happening, sometimes the weather did not cooperate with my riding, Shannon had health problems, and sometimes my gut was not happy with the world. MJ has decided that his old method of making his back as hard as concrete is the way to go in the riding ring.…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on August 13, 2022 at 10:23am — No Comments
Finally Some Progress
The same old, the same old, how many times can I write an interesting blog when nothing changes? That is why I have been absent, nothing much new happened.
MJ got a bad case of thrush under his full pad for his navicular disease, so now he is just in regular shoes still according to the alignment of his…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on July 16, 2022 at 11:23am — No Comments
A Time for Ice Vests
It has been HOT down here in the southern central part of NC. Weeks of highs in the 90s F, with some days getting over 100 F, and it is humid. Thunderstorms roll through some afternoons and I hear thunder all around me, the lights flicker (and stay on, I am fortunate) and the air conditioning feels pretty good compared to outside.…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on June 18, 2022 at 10:48am — No Comments