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The Oakley Diaries 34 - Winter Again

   It's been a rather strenuous month, for me. Oakley has had it easy. The weather has been giving 30 degree swings, from 10C to -20C and back, which, of course, leads to melting and flash freezing into ice that is treacherous to move over (I don't ride over to the arena, we walk). I did manage to cover the path with freshly-used bedding from the compost pile during one of the brief warmish spells, so the footing, while frozen, is not ice.

   You see, I learned to work the tractor,…


Added by B. G. Hearns on February 9, 2018 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

The Cold Wind Just Drained All of My Energy

The Cold Wind Just Drained All of My Energy

Our extremely persistent moderate drought is easing. The ponds are filling up again, our local river has stopped looking like an easily fordable creek and we are seeing persistent mud again. This is good in many ways, at least the soil will have enough moisture to grow the first Spring hay crop! So I do not complain too much about the rain. Of course…


Added by Jackie Cochran on February 10, 2018 at 2:02pm — No Comments

Horse learning: Licking and chewing-takin’ it with a grain of salt

Is it an AHA moment in a horse’s understanding? A sign of submission or a sigh of relief?

Always one to ask questions, I think a little differently about the licking and chewing thing  than I did in earlier years training horses. We recognize this mouth behaviour…


Added by Lindsay Grice on February 14, 2018 at 6:55am — No Comments

My New Bit Gives Me a Chance to Improve My Riding

My New Bit Gives Me a Chance to Improve My Riding

After looking at an ad for a Wellep bit for over a year, I finally had enough spare money to buy it. It was described, and the picture showed, a Wellep Mullen mouth Full Cheek Snaffle. The web site's title was Wellep Western Bit, which confused me because on the Wellep bit web site there was no mention of Western bits! I finally ordered it and…


Added by Jackie Cochran on February 17, 2018 at 11:47am — No Comments

Why teens (and most adults) don’t read the Bible

You might jump to the conclusion, that they don’t have a Bible.  But let’s assume theses teens and I will let all the adults off the hook for now, do have a Bible and in fact they also attend church.  

They are filled with good intentions and know in their heart of hearts they ought to spend time in God’s word.  So I ask you again why don’t they read the Bible?

The answer is little more complex however I stumbled on a simple…


Added by Linda Finstad on February 9, 2018 at 9:32am — No Comments

Planning is Key

I’m the kind of person who loves planning and whether it’s for studying or riding, I always like to have a written plan on paper or I start to feel unorganized and unproductive. When I plan the following week on Sunday evening, all I have to do next is just follow the plan and that way, I won’t have to worry about getting everything done. This mostly applies for studying, because my deadline is the day of the exam and I know exactly what I have to learn before that date.…


Added by Sofia, SK Equestrian on January 3, 2018 at 4:04pm — No Comments

How to Buy a Groom’s Wedding Band?

A marriage is an auspicious ceremony, in which both the bride and the groom have to wear rings that solemnize the occasion and the relationship they are about to share. Now, when buying wedding bands, you need to be careful about several things. Until and unless you are careful about the bands that you are buying, you may end up buying the wrong one, which may not suit the finger size of the would-be groom or may be made from a material, which he may not want to…


Added by Silvia Watson on December 6, 2017 at 1:41am — No Comments

Even at 31 Years Old Mia Still Improves

Even at 31 Years Old Mia Still Improves

Mia is old. Mia is ancient. Mia has arthritis problems in her hocks. Mia has the most sensitive mouth of any horse I've ridden in the past 47 years.

I have been riding Mia for 8 years, accepting the fact that she will never, ever become completely sound. All this time I have been…


Added by Jackie Cochran on November 25, 2017 at 3:21pm — No Comments

Great Benefits of Horseback Riding

We all have our own reason for wanting to learn how to ride a horse. The benefits of this sport are numerous and are shared among all riders. If you are a horse owner, you may be thinking that you don't need such information. But, I hope you will continue reading. And if someone is searching for a new hobby, maybe the info below will help convince you to join the horseback riders club. …


Added by Silvia Watson on December 1, 2017 at 7:35am — No Comments

Am I allowed to use a bitless bridle?

 I'm asked this question at a few open shows per season. Currently most rule books do not permit bitless bridle.

At the Global Dressage Forum. Dr. Andrew McLean one of the panel experts “How you train the bitless bridle depends on the hands at the other end. I think you can have the horse light in…


Added by Lindsay Grice on November 17, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Difference Between Movements, Figures and Patterns Ruth Hogan-Poulsen

The Difference Between Movements, Figures and Patterns

Ruth Hogan-Poulsen

Many people ask me about the choreography of their freestyle pattern. One of the confusions surrounding a freestyle pattern is what is allowed and what is forbidden at a certain level. Before you can begin to build a pattern you need to know the difference between movements and figures so that you don't try something that is on the "forbidden" list at your level.

What is the… Continue

Added by Ruth Hogan Poulsen on November 12, 2017 at 11:13pm — No Comments

When the Weather Interferes With My Riding

When the Weather Interferes With My Riding

It has been a frustrating week for me as a horseback rider! I missed out on riding Cider last Sunday because the weather forecasters were predicting rain in the morning, so I called Shannon and we canceled my ride. Sunday morning there was no rain and I was miffed, until later in the afternoon when there were…


Added by Jackie Cochran on October 14, 2017 at 3:31pm — No Comments

The Oakley Diaries 33 - Three Pillars of Learning

   In our weekly lesson we are now jumping about 85cm (2'9") which probably doesn't sound like a big deal, but my desire is not to jump as high as possible in as short a time as possible, but rather to excel at going over jumps, raising the bar a bit at a time, and address whatever shortcomings become most obvious as the difficulty increases. My immediate goal, is to ride around in rhythm, to turn to the jump in rhythm, go over the jump in…


Added by B. G. Hearns on October 29, 2017 at 11:12pm — 1 Comment

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