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Added by Lucy on November 26, 2021 at 6:55pm — 1 Comment

One Day Better, One Day Worse

One Day Better, One Day Worse

Last Sunday it started off cold, but then Shannon was late picking me up so it was warmer when I rode Cider.

When we got to Shannon's horses' stable yard Cider was happily standing, untied, with all her Fenwick and BOT neck and rump rugs draped over her. In the confusion of getting everything…


Added by Jackie Cochran on November 27, 2021 at 11:12am — No Comments

Should I film today?

I have no storage left on my camera which leads me to have to film on my phone for the vlog today. I may or may not film today. I am sorry that the vlog did not get posted yesterday like I promised. The camera data wiped out again and I can’t find any of it! I will film the day in the life vlog very soon!!!

Added by Lucy on November 28, 2021 at 11:59am — No Comments

"I Want the YUMMY Hay!"

“I Want the YUMMY Hay!”

MJ has a fixation on timothy hay. He is outside in one of the grass paddocks that also has a big hay roll 24/7/365 so he always has something to eat. But to the refined tastes of MJ the hay in the big roll is inferior to the timothy hay from square bales. The stable workers spread flats from the timothy bales every day so the outside horses can get some, but MJ also…


Added by Jackie Cochran on November 20, 2021 at 10:51am — No Comments

Double Whorled Complications

The slightest change in the location of a horse’s whorls can make huge differences in temperament.

No where is that more difficult to figure out than in side by side and diagonal double whorls. These whorls show almost…


Added by Noche Miller on November 22, 2021 at 1:55pm — 1 Comment

On The Radio!

I had a very big day yesterday.
It was a bit of a secret, I thought about mentioning it ahead of time but there was no way to share it in process. Besides, what if I messed the whole thing up? I didn't want to tell people ahead of time and have everyone know I did awful. So I waited.…

Added by Noche Miller on October 27, 2021 at 11:31am — No Comments

Going Down a Rabbit Hole

Going Down a Rabbit Hole

Last Sunday it was COLD at Shannon's paddocks, when I stuck my head out I thought I would not need my winter jacket, but I was wrong, wrong, wrong.

The wind, sometimes gusting, made the shaded “stable yard” cold. Cider did not look very happy to be there and Shannon and Nancy had draped the various…


Added by Jackie Cochran on November 13, 2021 at 9:30am — No Comments

It’s with a heavy heart that I am writing this. I’m concerned I’m going to have to put my boy into retirement. What do you do if you have a 20-year-old horse that you love to death and he can’t perfo…

It’s with a heavy heart that I am writing this. I’m concerned I’m going to have to put my boy into retirement. What do you do if you have a 20-year-old horse that you love to death and he can’t perform anymore? There is no answer but one. You keep him. But what if you want to still compete? How does one afford two horses? I need help! Here is Henry and his ice boots for the third month in a row hoping he will be better soon.…


Added by Bricole Reincke on September 9, 2021 at 12:43am — 2 Comments

Oakley Diaries 49 - The Quiddity of Riding in Summer Sun 2020

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,…


Added by B. G. Hearns on July 15, 2021 at 12:21pm — 1 Comment

New Release-Embrace of the Wild-Set your spirit free

Free spirit and fearless explorer Isabella Lucy Bird’s (1831-1904) desire to travel and write about her adventures is not what her Evangelical parents had in mind for their daughter. A strong-willed woman with a keen intellect and curious mind drove her forward, but frail health prevented Isabella from leading the vibrant life she so desired. At the age of forty, she pushed all social convention aside, ignored failed remedies of the doctors and embarked on a world voyage in 1873 that changed…


Added by Linda Ballou on March 15, 2021 at 3:43pm — 1 Comment

Making the Sitting Trot Enjoyable

Making the Sitting Trot Enjoyable

For both the horse and the rider.

I got to ride three times this week! On Wednesday I got my lesson, I was still sort of off from less riding so it was not a “perfect” lesson. MJ is ridden by other people in lessons, and as time goes on Debbie discovers his preferences and how his body ends…


Added by Jackie Cochran on March 13, 2021 at 11:08am — No Comments

Benefit of COVID- I found my best friend

With COVID times, I find that my best friend has become my horse. My appreciation to be a rider has soared and I am so thankful for my beautiful boy. I ride him 5 days a week and see him 7. If only I could have him on my property my life would be perfect. Just wanted to share how blessed I am :)…


Added by Bricole Reincke on February 16, 2021 at 10:37pm — No Comments

Yet Another Turning Aid

Yet Another Turning Aid

MJ was a little bit less sensitive this week. I had learned my lesson and curried his back with my gentlest curry comb, the Zoom Groom Cat grooming tool, with soft and flexible inch long prongs that feel rubbery, this is the tool that I use on his head. He did not flinch at all when I used it on his back, but when I used my wooden massage roller on his back he flinched…


Added by Jackie Cochran on March 6, 2021 at 1:56pm — No Comments

I Hope I am Back to Riding Again

I Hope I am Back to Riding Again

I had not had a lesson for two whole months. I had not ridden for over 5 weeks. Such is my life in the times of winter and the Covid-19 super-spreader events and resulting surges of cases. The holiday period has passed, the insurrection at the US Capitol ended, we have a new President in the USA (YEAH!!!) and maybe, just maybe, effective action now will be taken…


Added by Jackie Cochran on January 23, 2021 at 11:52am — No Comments

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

The Oakley Diaries 48 - January Winds

After taking two months off since my rotational fall, I got back in the saddle once for a nice, quiet ride across the now empty farm fields that stretch along the ridge behind the barn. I didn't even think of going into the sand ring. We just had a nice, calm walk and no excitement, no trotting, no workout. He skirted around the fallen trees from the wind-storms and we didn't go into the forest because of the fallen trees in the forest. We probably wouldn't have gone in anyway because I…


Added by B. G. Hearns on January 20, 2021 at 10:03pm — 1 Comment

A Scary Experience

So I had an extremely interesting ride today. It's been a couple weeks since I have gone out to the barn, but with clients coming out tomorrow I really had to get on a couple of the buggers to get them ready.

My first ride was great! The horse is extremely trustworthy and equally good outside as he is inside - a total ammy horse!

The second ride... Well this is where things got fun. The mare is not only chestnut, but…

Added by Moocow on October 13, 2020 at 9:52pm — 1 Comment

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