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
Any “New” Situation= “I Don't Remember ANYTHING!”
Sorry for missing last week, I had ridden three times and I was simply exhausted. This week I just rode Cider and had my lesson so I have a tiny bit more energy.
Sunday, when I rode Cider, the weather was absolutely wonderful. Not only did I not need my ice vest to stay cool,…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on August 31, 2019 at 11:07am — No Comments
I Got Myself New Safety Stirrups
After I fell off Coach last year I realized that getting safety stirrups might be a really good idea. I started looking around at the various types of safety stirrups, some relatively cheap like the Peacock stirrups, and some extremely expensive ($600.00 USD on up.)
I was familiar with…Continue
I was so very pleased to receive this review from Patty Lasko, former editor for Dressage Today. I hope you head over to my site and have a look at the book! www.keronpsillas.com/books.
International photographer and horsewoman Keron Psillas Oliveira has a new book and, wow, it is a stunning tour de force! I'm not exaggerating. Her photographs of the Lusitano…Continue
Added by Keron Psillas on August 13, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments
On Friday I Forgot My Ice Vest
Southern summer, hot and humid, mid 90s for highs, mid to high 70s when I ride, and the air feels like you could carve it with a knife.
After hearing my story of my minor adventures with Bingo during my homework ride, Debbie decided on Wednesday that it was time for a lesson in the…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on August 10, 2019 at 11:21am — No Comments
A word of caution to all artists who are seduced into entering art competitions. Read the fine print very, very carefully.
Free entry and prize money may not be worth it.
Recently I came across such a competition run through the City of Edmonton (government) so I assumed it would be a legit competition. The call for submission was very particular it had to follow a theme and if your art…Continue
Added by Linda Finstad on August 4, 2019 at 12:31pm — No Comments
Is the 2nd Riding Ring in Another Universe?
Due to some chaos on Wednesday morning I did not get my lesson with Debbie. I did get to ride there on Thursday, and when we set it up I asked Debbie if I could use my double bridle on Bingo even though I would not be in a lesson. She had no problems with my request which was nice, it means I am using the double bridle correctly and not…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on August 3, 2019 at 10:52am — No Comments
The Heat Wave was Hard on Me
I ride earlier in the morning during the summer, 8:00 AM, and while the temperatures were somewhat lower in the heat wave it still felt like a sauna when I opened my front door. I wore my summertime technical fabric riding clothes and my ice vest so I could at least ride some without too much harm but between riding and getting my house ready for house-guests that…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on July 27, 2019 at 10:29am — No Comments
I Try Another Bit with Bingo
Hot, humid weather down here in the South. The lows have been in the mid 70's F, which sounds really pleasant until I open my front door into a sauna. I really appreciate being able to ride earlier in the morning during the summer heat, but the humidity tends to be worse earlier in the morning. My ice vest is really helping me to cope with the heat, I am so glad I…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on July 13, 2019 at 11:25am — No Comments
Bingo “Forgets” Stuff at Summer Camp
Last week I had to delay my lesson from Wednesday to even earlier on Thursday since the stable got a load of timothy hay delivered, and they wanted to store it right away since rain was forecast for later in the day. All week I had obsessed over how Bingo did in the camp, but I did not call because everyone at the stable had a busy week.…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on July 6, 2019 at 11:17am — No Comments
Really. It turns out that a good way to think about riding is to think about riding a bicycle. Especially jumping, but dressage, too. I was warming up last Wednesday, when J.H. commented to one of the students in the class that was just finishing up, that they needed to look up, not at the jump (a problem I struggle with) and used the analogy that one does not look at the wheel of one's bicycle when riding, one looks ahead, down the street and guides the bicycle around whatever dangers…Continue
I Work on Stabilization
Debbie's first summer camp is next week so both of my rides on Bingo this week were geared to continuing his preparation for being a lesson horse for a kid who may not ride well.
I found this mildly frustrating, it really needed to be done but I had to take a break on developing Bingo's impulse. Bingo…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on June 22, 2019 at 11:37am — No Comments
I Prepare Bingo for Riding Camp
First an update on ice vests. When I realized that my FlexiFreeze ice vest was causing me an allergic reaction to the neoprene I went on-line to see what other ice vests were available. I found the Kool Max ice vest from Polar Products. It is not as flexible as the FlexiFreeze vest since instead of lots of ice cubes enclosed in plastic the Kool Max vest uses 4” x…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on June 15, 2019 at 11:35am — No Comments
Trying Out My New Ice Vest
I have MS. Heat is bad for people with MS. This year my body told me that my wonderful technical fabric summer cooling shirt and breeches were not enough, and a long term forecast I saw warned of the possibility of over a month with no relief or rain (fortunately that forecast was not completely accurate, it has cooled down a little and we are getting rain…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on June 8, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments