Jackie Cochran's Blog – March 2011 Archive (3)

Adjusting to my MS--Lower Legs



When I got back to riding after being diagnosed with MS I found that I never knew where my lower legs were.  I would start of riding with my lower legs in the right place, and sometime during the ride my attention would go elsewhere and my lower legs would start drifting along the horse's sides.  My toes were pointing too far out, I was pivoting on my knees, bringing my lower leg too far back, and when I tried to correct this I would put too much weight…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on March 27, 2011 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Adjusting to my MS--Hands



Ever since I got my first horse, the Anglo-Arab Hat Tricks, I have been trying to ride at as high a level as I can.  I faced repeated frustrations due to my undiagnosed MS as it affected my balance, coordination, and proprioceptive sense (I could not tell where parts of my body were.)  In spite of all this my riding gradually improved, and I got to riding reliably at a low to middle intermediate level in the Forward Seat system.  Even my jumping improved, not that I was ever…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on March 20, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Mia Has Her Own Ideas about Starting a Canter



This is just one of those Sundays, it is raining so I can't ride, but I can't complain as we are in a drought and we need every drop of rain.  The horses are going to adore the fresh new growth in their pastures and we will have a whole week with no below freezing temperatures.  Ah, spring.

 

Wednesday, when I got to the stable Debbie was trying to finish a barn chore and…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on March 6, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

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