December 2020 Blog Posts (6)

All the Best for a Healthy 2021

As we all sit back and watch 2020 come to a close, most of us are looking forward to seeing the year slide out. For us, 2020 was full of changes. Some of these changes we knew were coming and we were quite excited. Some came out of left field and made us sad. We watched good friends sell their business and go into a well deserved retirement. But as Father Time has taught us time and again, things never go as planned. Their long awaited retirement lasted about 6 months before…

Added by Kerri Morden-Marsolais on December 31, 2020 at 10:10am — No Comments

Christmas Books

Christmas Books

I did not get to ride this week. Part of the reason is that I am being super cautious about the Covid-19 pandemic, and the other reason is that, for once, winter came to NC just after the Winter Solstice. It is 20º F here right now at 9:30 AM. No snow, just bitter cold.…


Added by Jackie Cochran on December 26, 2020 at 11:13am — No Comments

A "Second Opinion"?

A “Second Opinion”?

Winter has arrived, at least for now.

Horses tend to get a little friskier when the winter comes, even if the temperature at that day is not terribly cold. With the changing daylight hormones change, and the shorter daylight hours may bring up instinctive ancestral memories of cold weather=increased…


Added by Jackie Cochran on December 19, 2020 at 11:35am — 2 Comments

Finally, a Lesson

Finally, a Lesson

When Thanksgiving, with all the travel and massing of people happened, I realized that it would be best for me to keep away from Debbie's rather large boarding/lesson stable for two weeks. This did not please me at all, Debbie gives me really effective physical therapy, telling me when I start losing track of my limbs and making sure that I keep my base of support on…


Added by Jackie Cochran on December 12, 2020 at 1:06pm — No Comments

I'm Grateful I Got to Ride at All

I'm Grateful I Got to Ride at All

I called Debbie last Tuesday to tell her I would not be riding at her stable this week. I am paranoid about her boarders/lesson students not being careful with Covid-19 preventive measures, a valid concern since I am usually the only person wearing a mask at the stable. I told Debbie I was following the news, and if her clients had been Liberal Democrats I…


Added by Jackie Cochran on December 5, 2020 at 10:56am — No Comments

The Oakley Diaries 47 - No Ride November

It is snowing today. It snowed like this exactly one month ago, which saved my life. I'll explain.

On the day after it snowed, I went for our usual training, some trotting over cavaletti, some canter - stop - turn on haunches - canter again; nothing we haven't done a dozen times before.

But suddenly Oakley decided he'd had enough and threw his nose in the air, then reared. He went up, then slipped, and, before I could get out of the saddle, he was above me, and we both landed…


Added by B. G. Hearns on December 1, 2020 at 8:23pm — 1 Comment

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