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Another Week of Not Riding

Another Week of Not Riding

The weather has been most uncooperative! Last Sunday Shannon's grass ring was just too wet, even for just walking around.

Wednesday I nervously watched the weather radar before my lesson. It showed rain in several places but not over the stable. Debbie called, I told her this, and we agreed to try…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on February 23, 2019 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Oakley Diaries 38 - The End of Our Beginning

   We did a dressage competition at the Royal Canadian Riding Academy last Saturday. We were riding the 2019 USEF Training Level Test 2. For the first time, a test result that came back and I'm quite happy with everything on it. The judge, I was told afterwards, judges FEI competitions, and has a reputation for marking hard and being picky, so it…

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Added by B. G. Hearns on February 21, 2019 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Are Horses in your DNA?

Have you ever wondered why you like horses? 

Hmm. “Like” is a very weak word to describe the connection 99% of horse lovers feel to horses.

Statements, such as horses are in your blood, and born to ride are common among horse people and understood at a core level.

Which begs the question are horses in our DNA?  Are we (some of us) hard wired to carry the horse lover gene?

Artist /…

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Added by Linda Finstad on February 21, 2019 at 8:20am — No Comments

Can Investing in "Prim-Equus" Make You Rich?

We have all heard of the fantastic prices some pieces of art fetch at auction especially when created by some famous painter like Monet or Salvador Dali

The style of these two painters are polar opposite, however they have one very important thing in common  - they both were the originators of a particular style of art. 

Way back in 1860 Claude Monet was one of the first artists to paint in the “Impressionist” style, he was…

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Added by Linda Finstad on February 17, 2019 at 10:05am — No Comments

Two Creaky Old Ladies

Two Creaky Old Ladies

Yesterday I got to ride Mia. When I got to the stable the stable hands told me the Mia had hung around the barn UNTIL someone asked if I, Jackie, was coming. Mia immediately headed out to the furthest part of the pen she was in, out to the other side of the riding ring. Then they told me she had done the same thing earlier, hanging around the barn until someone mentions my…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on February 16, 2019 at 11:39am — 1 Comment

I Feel Secure While Trotting

I Feel Secure While Trotting

I know that this is an unusual new event for a rider with 45 years of riding. When I learned to post the trot at age 6 I had no problems and until my MS ruined my balance, proprioceptive sense, coordination, etc., I always felt secure trotting. However, for the last 5 years or so I started to feel like my breeches had a surface of slick glass as I started shifting…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on February 9, 2019 at 11:33am — No Comments

Horse Care 101 - All You Need to Know

Horses are far from your average pet. In fact, they are beautiful, majestic creatures. Owning a horse can be very exciting but at the same time, owning a horse also comes with a great deal of responsibility.

It’s important that you know all there is to know about how to care for a horse, observing what good horse health looks like, and when you need to call a veterinarian.

What You Need To Know…

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Added by Sandra Ericson on February 4, 2019 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Some Added Security in the Saddle

Some Added Security in the Saddle

This week I tried something new.

Several weeks ago, on the COTH Forum, when I asked about hip protection, another rider recommended a new product, rubbery pads that self-stick onto the saddle.

Ever since I started riding…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on February 2, 2019 at 11:26am — No Comments

A Change Brings Me Back to Start

A Change Brings Me Back to Start

Debbie called me earlier in the week asking if I could postpone my lesson until 12:30 P.M. as she wanted to be with her grandson as he got ear-tubes Wednesday morning. Since it was going to be cold early in the day, and it was going to be even colder later in the week I agreed. We had never had a lesson where he had been turned out for hours previously so I was…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on January 26, 2019 at 11:19am — No Comments

Make Money - Introduce New Clients - Easy as ABC

How to - Make Money with your Equine Business

This idea is as simple as ABC which is why it works.

If making money from what you already have and attracting a steady stream of new clients to your business sounds interesting.  Continue reading.

If you have all the clients and money you could possibly want or need. Congratulations, feel free to discard this information, I won’t waste any more of your…

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Added by Linda Finstad on January 22, 2019 at 10:26am — No Comments

Make Money - Introduce New Clients - Easy as ABC

How to - Make Money with your Equine Business

This idea is as simple as ABC which is why it works.

If making money from what you already have and attracting a steady stream of new clients to your business sounds interesting.  Continue reading.

If you have all the clients and money you could possibly want or need. Congratulations, feel free to discard this information, I won’t waste any more of your…

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Added by Linda Finstad on January 22, 2019 at 10:26am — No Comments

Make Money - Introduce New Clients - Easy as ABC

How to - Make Money with your Equine Business

This idea is as simple as ABC which is why it works.

If making money from what you already have and attracting a steady stream of new clients to your business sounds interesting.  Continue reading.

If you have all the clients and money you could possibly want or need. Congratulations, feel free to discard this information, I won’t waste any more of your…

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Added by Linda Finstad on January 22, 2019 at 10:26am — No Comments

Finally I am Riding Again

Finally I am Riding Again

And it is SO GOOD to get back into the saddle!

I have just been walking because I got so weak while my cracked ribs healed. My entire body has to be brought back “on line” so I can ride safely and without irritating the horses. Right now walking the horse is the best thing I can do to get my body…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on January 19, 2019 at 11:30am — No Comments

Dwyer on Curb Chains

Dwyer on Curb Chains

This is probably the last blog I write on Francis Dwyer's book, “On Seats and Saddles, Bits and Bitting,” since I am riding again (YEAH!!!). Since the curb bit, in the past, was named after the curb chain, I will give you what Dwyer wrote about the curb chain so that there are seven blogs I've written about this book. I am sorry if there is some repetition from previous…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on January 12, 2019 at 10:12am — No Comments

Dwyer on Curb Bits, Part III

Dwyer on Curb Bits—Part III

Now we get to the outside of the curb bit, the upper and lower bars of the curb bit cheek-pieces. Again all quotes come from “Seats and Saddles, Bits and Bitting” by Francis Dwyer, all caps are my emphasis and all parentheses include my clarifications when the meaning is unclear.

From page…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on January 5, 2019 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Dwyer On Curb Bits, Part II

Dwyer on Curb Bits—Part II

This week I quote Dwyer on the inside of the horse's mouth and how that can affect the selection of a proper curb bit. All quotes are from “Seats and Saddles, Bits and Bitting” by Francis Dwyer. Everything in parentheses is my additions, and I put really important things in capital letters.

On…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on December 29, 2018 at 11:37am — No Comments

The Oakley Diaries 37 - The Important Effect of a Subtle Change in Posture

  Despite all I've read about how to position oneself in the saddle, and despite my best effort to follow advice, it is still easy to mis-understand, and easier still to slip into poor posture.

  So, re-reading the advice for beginners in the EC handbook, and re-reading Sally Swift's definitive work, and discussing it with my coach while doing my usual, strenuous riding without stirrups, we came to two observations, viz., that the stirrup bars and flaps of the standard European riding…

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Added by B. G. Hearns on December 24, 2018 at 12:21am — 1 Comment

Dwyer On Curb Bits, Part I

Dwyer on Curb Bits, Part I

Dwyer writes a lot on curb bits because back then the cavalries used a lot of curbs, either by themselves or as part of the double bridle.  From his experiences with 400 light cavalry horses in the Austrian Imperial cavalry he determined that many, if not most, of the problems that the cavalry troopers had with their horses came from improperly fitted and sited curb bits.

Dwyer (and Oeynhausen) found certain ratios in the horses' heads…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on December 22, 2018 at 11:15am — No Comments

Dwyer on Snaffle and Bridoon Bits

Dwyer on Snaffle and Bridoon Bits

Most of Dwyer's writings on bits concentrate on the curb bit, but he does have some words to say about snaffle bits, fortunately. As before all the quotes are from “On Seats and Saddles, Bits and Bitting” by Francis Dwyer. All the underlining and parentheses are mine.

On page 140 Dwyer lets…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on December 16, 2018 at 2:39pm — 2 Comments

VANESSA CUARTAS’ COLOURFUL HORSE PAINTINGS STAMPEDE INTO URBAN GALLERY, TORONTO

Toronto's leading indie art gallery, URBAN GALLERY, presents their show for December 2018 with a whole herd of colourful, vibrant horses galloping across the gallery walls: VANESSA CUARTAS presents lively abstract equine portraits in her solo…

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Added by Glenda Fordham on December 10, 2018 at 2:33pm — No Comments

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