Full Summer Arrives
Afternoon temperatures in the upper 90s F. High humidity. Merciless sunshine.
Crippling weather for us with MS.
Fortunately I ride as early in the morning as I can arrange with the stables, 8:00 AM or 8:30 AM. I wish I could ride…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on July 31, 2021 at 11:07am — No Comments
Changing Back My Bridle Works
Last Sunday Shannon picked me up. This meant that did not get to ride in the coolest part of the morning but it was not too bad.
I accidentally picked up MJ's bridle when I got my tack together that morning. Neither Shannon or I noticed this until rather late in the ride. After feeling fiery…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on July 24, 2021 at 10:38am — No Comments
Negotiating Doing the Sitting Trot
When I started my lesson on Wednesday I gave Debbie my litany of the physical woes resulting from all the sitting trot I did for my lesson last week. Debbie's response was sensitive, showed that she heard me, and full of concern about my physical well-being “Well, I will stop asking you to do the sitting trot.” That was not my goal, MJ NEEDS some educated work…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on July 17, 2021 at 11:10am — No Comments
This is a good summer, so far.
Last winter, I decided that I would just take it easy, no galloping through the snow in the blowing wind. my appetite for bitterly cold winds and frozen hands has severely diminished. Not this year. I did feel well enough, in January, to begin once again, with my 5BX fitness program, since it starts so gently, it was good way to get back into fit shape. Oakley got occasional grooming, maybe an apple or a carrot, and just hang out for a bit. No riding,…Continue
Full Seated Sitting Trot
A little bit over a month ago I started off my rides on MJ by getting up into 2-point immediately after mounting and staying up in 2-point for 5 minutes. At least that was my goal. I did succeed in keeping my weight off my seat bones but there were times that my body sank down into a half-seat. This was in addition to all the times I would get up into 2-point because…Continue
Fifty-One Years Ago Today
On July 4, 1970 I got my first horse, Hat Tricks, 5 year old chestnut Anglo-Arab gelding, green-broke and just gelded three weeks before. I had 4 years of trail riding experience, I had not ridden in years, and I only had 2 whole riding lessons in my life.
Hat Tricks was an angel. He taught me how…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on July 4, 2021 at 11:59am — No Comments