Weather Changes Impact my Position
When I was able to celebrate the New Years by riding a horse I was hoping that this would precede a winter full of riding. Of course Nature did not agree with my hopes and dreams.
At least I've had a lesson every week.…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on January 18, 2020 at 11:31am — No Comments
A Tale of Two Bits
I had ordered three bar relief bits from Fager and they arrived a little over two weeks ago. Bingo had been sort of nice with the Lilly single-jointed bar relief bit and I wanted to see if he got better with the double-jointed bar relief bits. With the “Lilly” he was still opening his mouth some with my rein aids though otherwise he seemed more cheerful with it, but I wanted…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on January 4, 2020 at 3:12pm — No Comments
After Cider (and Bingo) gave me the “not interested at all” reaction to the Fager “Frida” three piece tongue relief snaffle I've gone back to the bar relief varieties of Fager bits. Since I knew that Bingo greatly preferred the single jointed “Lilly” bar relief bit I decided that it stays on his bridle for right now. I just get tired of having to switch a bit from one bridle…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on December 21, 2019 at 11:42am — No Comments
A Soggy Mess
Sunday was wonderful, nice and sunny. I got to ride Cider and I tried out the Fager “Frida” double-jointed tongue relief snaffle on her. Cider did not cuss me out, but she “told” me that she did not like this bit, her contact was not steady at all and she was harder to stop. I rode mostly on sagging reins and I practiced her turns using seat and leg aids and leaving the reins…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on December 14, 2019 at 11:03am — No Comments
Does Bingo Actually LIKE His New Bit?
I have spent this month experimenting with the Fager bits. On Cider I have been using the Fager “Lilly” single jointed bar relief bit with and actual improvement with contact. On Bingo I tried the Fager “Fanny” single jointed tongue relief bit (“uh, no, I don't think so”) and the Fager “Frida” double jointed tongue relief bit.…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on December 7, 2019 at 11:01am — No Comments
We finally achieved a short-term goal that I'd set, which is, to clear 4' (1.2m).
Early this year, I'd set that as a goal to work towards, because I firmly believe that one must always have a goal in everything, something to work towards. A goal gives one a reason to do things, to learn, to improve. Goals also measure milestones, points where one can look back and feel a sense of achievement.
I also believe one should have at least one…Continue
Riding Between the Showers
Wednesday morning was sort of dreary, passing showers left the ground damp and there was a breeze. Driving to the stable raindrops would start to fall, taper off, stop, and start up again. Since Wednesday was the only day I was guaranteed a ride we just drove on, maybe it would stop precipitating by the time Bingo was ready for riding.…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on November 30, 2019 at 1:42pm — No Comments
To determine if art enriches your life.
There have been several scientific studies on how art enriches our lives.
According to Professor Semir Zeki, neurobiologist at the University College of London, when you stare at great artworks, the part of your brain that is stimulated…Continue
Added by Linda Finstad on November 25, 2019 at 5:41pm — No Comments
Small Bit Guards are a Total Pain
And once I realized it life became much easier.
I have been using my new Fager titanium mouthed bits and I got interested in their bit guards. The promise was that they were easy to put on (and take off), and that promise was fulfilled beyond measure. Since I have cursed out bit guards more…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on November 23, 2019 at 12:47pm — No Comments
It Sure Feels Like Winter
Apparently it was the Siberian air mass visiting NC this week. It was cold, with a pretty brisk North wind and it just sucked the energy out of me.
Since Wednesday morning was too cold to ride I did not get my lesson until Friday. Friday morning I opened the front door to see what it felt like and I…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on November 16, 2019 at 11:01am — No Comments
I Try Out Two New Bits
After a week without riding I was sort of frustrated. I had two new bits that I was eager to try out on the horses. I really cannot complain too much if I can't ride because of rain, we have been getting dryer and dryer down here in NC. The ponds are shrinking and the creeks and river are low.
Added by Jackie Cochran on November 9, 2019 at 11:20am — No Comments
There are many more breeds of horses located all over the world than most people are aware of. We know the breeds of our home countries the best and we may know a few of the very popular breeds, such as the Arabian because they have been so popular as racing stallions and for breeding programs in the USA. This is just one…Continue
Added by Sandra Ericson on November 9, 2019 at 8:56am — No Comments
Bingo Looks for Ghosts
When we started grooming Bingo Debbie was telling me that she had the veterinarian look at Bingo's eye when she came to look at another horse's eyes. As a result of the veterinarian's visit the barn workers have to put an ointment into each horse's eye. Of course each horse required a different eye ointment. Bingo is also going around in a screen fly mask to keep…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on October 26, 2019 at 11:20am — No Comments
Following a Trail of Clues
Debbie won't have to try the double bridle after all.
I did not get my lesson on Wednesday because of rain (we NEED the rain so I'm not complaining.) When Debbie called me up to reschedule my lesson we got to talking about her problem mare. This mare, Tilly, had been doing head-shaking, rather…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on October 19, 2019 at 11:10am — No Comments
Debbie Enjoys Bingo's Transformation
Fall has arrived, and I hope it stays around! Once again I can wear some of my Back on Track stuff while riding, the neck wrap, the back wrap/brace, and the BOT T-shirt. Hurrah!!!! I did not bother with the fly sheet for Bingo (though I did put fly spray on) and Bingo could wear the BOT exercise sheet all through the hide. Happier rider, happier horse, what…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on October 12, 2019 at 11:01am — No Comments
Sam Gives Me a Lesson
Debbie could not give me a lesson this week since she went to the OTTB makeover to support one of her daughters who has been schooling an OTTB she bought. So Debbie's other daughter Sam gave me my lesson. This week I made sure to wear my ice vest and the heat did not affect me anywhere near what it did last week when I did not wear my ice vest.…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on October 5, 2019 at 1:44pm — No Comments
We are now jumping up to 1m, even over a 1m spread. It feels a lot like soaring. Of course, that is only possible because I have the ability to clamp my legs on, and no longer need to rip his hair out of his neck. Because I'm not flying out of the saddle, Oakley is no longer balking quite the way he used to.
Oh, he still stops in front of a jump he hasn't seen before, that'll be a given for ever. After eight years, he still freezes and tries to avoid and frequently stops, but in a…Continue
Has Bingo Turned the Corner?
Bingo has been very good, a statement that I despaired of making when I started riding him.
Bingo was used for two birthday parties, two days in a row. He was ridden by girls, I got the impression that not all the girls were Debbie's students, and did walk and trot. He behaved, he did not scare…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on September 28, 2019 at 9:49am — No Comments
This Time Bingo Remembered
Earlier this week Bingo had a different rider, a rider different from me in many ways. His rider is a man that goes to Debbie's church and she had been telling him about Bingo and his handicapped rider, me. This man has cerebral palsy, disabled, unable to drive, and I don't think he had ever been on a horse before. Somehow this guy ended up with a Western saddle and…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on September 21, 2019 at 11:27am — No Comments
We Change to Titanium Double Bridle Bits
Over a month ago I learned about Fager Bits (https://www.fagerbits.com) on the COTH forum. When I went to their site I learned that they had titanium bits (at least the mouthpiece is titanium) and, wonders of wonders, they had titanium double bridle bits that would fit Bingo (115mm Weymouth curb and 120mm…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on September 14, 2019 at 12:15pm — No Comments