Jackie Cochran's Blog – November 2013 Archive (4)

Warm Butts


It is official, Cider and Mick LIKE having warm butts!

Last Sunday it was cold with a stiff breeze so I was glad I could introduce Cider to the Rambo Competition Sheet exercise rug.  After Shannon groomed her I put it on and off her back and croup a few times and made sure to open and close the Velcro that holds it together at the withers.  Long ago Cider had been evented so she probably was familiar with blankets though she had not seen one in years.  Shannon saddled…


Added by Jackie Cochran on November 29, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

I Wimp Out In the Cold

We are on a temperature roller coaster down here in North Carolina.  It is around 75° F today, but on Monday morning they are predicting a low of 19° F, if not lower.

Last Monday, when I rode Mia, it was warm, so warm I put on my technical fabric cool riding shirt, and by the end of my ride I was wishing I’d put on my ice-fill sleeves too since I was sweating.  Two days later when I got to the stables for my…


Added by Jackie Cochran on November 22, 2013 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

It Was a Bright and Shining Week


Because of the mares.

Last Sunday I got to ride Cider.  When I greeted her she gave me a soft blow.  When Shannon groomed her she gave little snorts of approval.  While I rode her around the ring (at a walk) she started rewarding me when I used my aids properly with more little snorts of approval.  Now don’t get me wrong, Cider still insisted that I get myself perfectly centered in the saddle from the start of my ride.  But Cider’s hard work over the past few months is…


Added by Jackie Cochran on November 15, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

I Got Ambitious, Did Too Much, and Got Exhausted


Well, it finally all caught up with me, making the wool saddle blanket so I could use it with my Corrector, cleaning my saddles every time I rode, and going up North to take my yearly lesson at North Fork.  I started getting more and more tired, then I entered a fog of exhaustion and it started affecting my riding.

Two weeks ago I started off on a good note.  I had gotten the book “American Dressage” by Chuck Grant, found something in it I could try in my riding, and I…


Added by Jackie Cochran on November 7, 2013 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

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