Rethinking Double Bridle Curb Bits
When I first envisioned riding in a double bridle again I studied Francis Dwyer's book “On Seats and Saddles, Bits and Bitting” where he talked about double bridles and curbs. Dwyer noted that a lot of mouth problems in his light cavalry troops came from curb bits that were too wide for the horses' mouths. So I got me a bit measure and measured Bingo's mouth,…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on May 30, 2020 at 1:54pm — No Comments
Yes, the BOT Exercise Boots DO Help Bingo
My lesson was on Friday, and it was a simply gorgeous May morning. The sun was out, the birds were singing, the balmy breeze wafted around, and Bingo looked like he had shedded out most of his winter coat. Unfortunately his Guardian Face Mask had rubbed the hair off of his head in two places, the bare patches were not big but they were there. Debbie…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on May 16, 2020 at 11:06am — No Comments
Bingo's Vacation Did Him Good
I am so very glad to be able to ride again!
I just wish I could get back to three times a week, or lacking that have my two rides spread out further than just one day apart. At least I can ride and I am grateful.
Added by Jackie Cochran on May 9, 2020 at 2:29pm — No Comments
A Much Better Week
I got to ride two horses.
Cider was still stiff, darn arthritis. I still loved getting back up on her. We piddled around the ring, just walking, as I tried (and failed) to refine my “new” leg aid, letting the muscle on the top of my thigh, the rectus femoris, relax so my lower leg moves back. In my…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on May 2, 2020 at 11:20am — No Comments
Back in the Saddle
The past two weeks have just pointed out to me that I NEED to ride horses to treat my Multiple sclerosis. I started off OK, I was slightly progressing in the difficulty of my minimal exercises, I was walking faster, needed fewer rest stops, and my muscles were getting stronger. Then—I hit the proverbial brick wall, everything got harder to do, I could not do as much, and I…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on April 25, 2020 at 10:06am — No Comments
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!…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on April 11, 2020 at 2:46pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on March 28, 2020 at 1:47pm — No Comments
A Bigger Release
Amid all the depressing news going out nowadays I have found two bright spots.
First, Debbie and I went in together for a Guardian Horse Mask for Bingo http://www.guardianmask.com/, hopefully it will help Bingo with his moon-blindness. The company got it to me…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on March 14, 2020 at 11:55am — No Comments
Have I Found Another Solution?
Last night I was re-reading “Riding and Schooling Horses” by Harry D. Chamberlin who was a Brigadier General in the US Cavalry.
Since I have been having difficulties with keeping my right leg forward enough when in two-point I was re-reading Chapter I, “The Seat”. This time I was reading…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on March 7, 2020 at 2:21pm — No Comments
My Plans Go Awry
I approached Wednesday's lesson with great optimism. I had my double bridle all made up and I anticipated 30 minutes of just re-clarifying my aids, mainly reminding Bingo of what exactly my aid meant with me patiently waiting for positive results.
When I woke up it was FOGGY and the fog was thick but it was…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on February 29, 2020 at 11:01am — No Comments
Immediate Improvement with the Double Bridle
Lately I have been riding Bingo in the Fager Bianca double-jointed roller snaffle, with improvements with contact and responsiveness to most of my hand aids (turning was not perfect.) These improvements were so great that when I finally achieved Debbie's minimum requirement for riding in the double bridle (being able to get up into 2-point) she said…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on February 22, 2020 at 12:48pm — No Comments
Working on My Two-Point
This week I got to ride Bingo twice, and I hope I can ride Cider tomorrow.
I got my lesson on Wednesday on Bingo. It had rained a lot the first few days of the week and the ring was SLOPPY in spite of over 10 hours without rain. Debbie suggested going over to the other slightly drier ring, but since…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on February 15, 2020 at 10:48am — No Comments
A Pretty Good Week
I finally got to ride Cider again, it had been 6 weeks since my last ride on her.
Since I really wanted Cider's opinion on the Fager “Oscar” double-jointed “front lock” copper lozenge bar relief titanium snaffle, the one that Bingo did not seem to like too much, I was very happy. Shannon's grass ring was…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on February 8, 2020 at 10:55am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on February 1, 2020 at 11:24am — No Comments
Weather Changes Impact my Position
When I was able to celebrate the New Years by riding a horse I was hoping that this would precede a winter full of riding. Of course Nature did not agree with my hopes and dreams.
At least I've had a lesson every week.…Continue
A Tale of Two Bits
I had ordered three bar relief bits from Fager and they arrived a little over two weeks ago. Bingo had been sort of nice with the Lilly single-jointed bar relief bit and I wanted to see if he got better with the double-jointed bar relief bits. With the “Lilly” he was still opening his mouth some with my rein aids though otherwise he seemed more cheerful with it, but I wanted…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on January 4, 2020 at 3:00pm — No Comments
After Cider (and Bingo) gave me the “not interested at all” reaction to the Fager “Frida” three piece tongue relief snaffle I've gone back to the bar relief varieties of Fager bits. Since I knew that Bingo greatly preferred the single jointed “Lilly” bar relief bit I decided that it stays on his bridle for right now. I just get tired of having to switch a bit from one bridle…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on December 21, 2019 at 11:42am — No Comments
A Soggy Mess
Sunday was wonderful, nice and sunny. I got to ride Cider and I tried out the Fager “Frida” double-jointed tongue relief snaffle on her. Cider did not cuss me out, but she “told” me that she did not like this bit, her contact was not steady at all and she was harder to stop. I rode mostly on sagging reins and I practiced her turns using seat and leg aids and leaving the reins…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on December 14, 2019 at 11:03am — No Comments
Does Bingo Actually LIKE His New Bit?
I have spent this month experimenting with the Fager bits. On Cider I have been using the Fager “Lilly” single jointed bar relief bit with and actual improvement with contact. On Bingo I tried the Fager “Fanny” single jointed tongue relief bit (“uh, no, I don't think so”) and the Fager “Frida” double jointed tongue relief bit.…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on December 7, 2019 at 11:01am — No Comments
Riding Between the Showers
Wednesday morning was sort of dreary, passing showers left the ground damp and there was a breeze. Driving to the stable raindrops would start to fall, taper off, stop, and start up again. Since Wednesday was the only day I was guaranteed a ride we just drove on, maybe it would stop precipitating by the time Bingo was ready for riding.…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on November 30, 2019 at 1:42pm — No Comments