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Coping with Covid19

Government and health officials have made it very clear that we are all in this pandemic together and only by being apart can we come together and defeat the invisible enemy.

This has been a very difficult time for everyone both emotionally and financially.  Like many people my ability to earn a living came to an abrupt halt with the cancellation of art shows, sales and all my workshops.

It was…


Added by Linda Finstad on April 15, 2020 at 9:27am — No Comments

Social Distancing=Not Riding

Social Distancing=Not Riding

It has been 10 days since I last rode a horse. I started the distancing sort of early, before the surrounding counties and the state (NC) closed down, since I had been compulsively reading about the spreading COVID-19 pandemic. Since I am in three risk groups I decided that it would be better for everyone if I just stayed away from the barns. Oh well.…


Added by Jackie Cochran on March 28, 2020 at 1:47pm — No Comments

I Miss Riding

I Miss Riding

The COVID-19 shut down now looks like it may last for months, not weeks. I want to get close up to a horse to groom, I want to get close up to a horse by riding, and I want to get close to a horse by taking care of it after riding, but, alas, fate is dictating otherwise.

This is a true bummer!…


Added by Jackie Cochran on April 11, 2020 at 2:46pm — No Comments

Oakley Diaries 43 - Reviewing the Basics

   As the winter goes along, we are reviewing all the basics. I firmly believe that this needs to be done over and over, and other professional instructors, some expounding on YouTube, others in writing, have offered firm support for this concept.

   The principal is simple, the more one does something, the smoother and better one becomes at it. In the case of horse training, the basics are fundamental movements which, put together, allow for more complex, or difficult movements. In…


Added by B. G. Hearns on January 29, 2020 at 1:50pm — 2 Comments

First I Have to Recover my Strength

First I Have to Recover my Strength

Last week the weather and my health did not cooperate at all as far as riding a horse was concerned.

When I saw Debbie on Wednesday for my lesson this week I told her that I wanted to get back into riding Bingo in the double bridle, and that I needed her opinion about how that horrible…


Added by Jackie Cochran on February 1, 2020 at 11:24am — No Comments

Strange And Beautiful Horse Breeds Around The World

There are many more breeds of horses located all over the world than most people are aware of. We know the breeds of our home countries the best and we may know a few of the very popular breeds, such as the Arabian because they have been so popular as racing stallions and for breeding programs in the USA. This is just one…


Added by Sandra Ericson on November 9, 2019 at 8:56am — No Comments

Everyday Art for Everyday people

Everyday Art 

Social Experiment

To determine if art enriches your life.

There have been several scientific studies on how art enriches our lives. 

According to Professor Semir Zeki, neurobiologist at the University College of London, when you stare at great artworks, the part of your brain that is stimulated…


Added by Linda Finstad on November 25, 2019 at 5:41pm — No Comments

The Oakley Diaries 42 - A Goal Achieved

   We finally achieved a short-term goal that I'd set, which is, to clear 4' (1.2m).


   Early this year, I'd set that as a goal to work towards, because I firmly believe that one must always have a goal in everything, something to work towards. A goal gives one a reason to do things, to learn, to improve. Goals also measure milestones, points where one can look back and feel a sense of achievement.

   I also believe one should have at least one…


Added by B. G. Hearns on December 7, 2019 at 9:38am — 1 Comment

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