The Heat Wave was Hard on Me
I ride earlier in the morning during the summer, 8:00 AM, and while the temperatures were somewhat lower in the heat wave it still felt like a sauna when I opened my front door. I wore my summertime technical fabric riding clothes and my ice vest so I could at least ride some without too much harm but between riding and getting my house ready for house-guests that…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on July 27, 2019 at 10:29am — No Comments
I Try Another Bit with Bingo
Hot, humid weather down here in the South. The lows have been in the mid 70's F, which sounds really pleasant until I open my front door into a sauna. I really appreciate being able to ride earlier in the morning during the summer heat, but the humidity tends to be worse earlier in the morning. My ice vest is really helping me to cope with the heat, I am so glad I…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on July 13, 2019 at 11:25am — No Comments
Bingo “Forgets” Stuff at Summer Camp
Last week I had to delay my lesson from Wednesday to even earlier on Thursday since the stable got a load of timothy hay delivered, and they wanted to store it right away since rain was forecast for later in the day. All week I had obsessed over how Bingo did in the camp, but I did not call because everyone at the stable had a busy week.…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on July 6, 2019 at 11:17am — No Comments
I Work on Stabilization
Debbie's first summer camp is next week so both of my rides on Bingo this week were geared to continuing his preparation for being a lesson horse for a kid who may not ride well.
I found this mildly frustrating, it really needed to be done but I had to take a break on developing Bingo's impulse. Bingo…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on June 22, 2019 at 11:37am — No Comments
I Prepare Bingo for Riding Camp
First an update on ice vests. When I realized that my FlexiFreeze ice vest was causing me an allergic reaction to the neoprene I went on-line to see what other ice vests were available. I found the Kool Max ice vest from Polar Products. It is not as flexible as the FlexiFreeze vest since instead of lots of ice cubes enclosed in plastic the Kool Max vest uses 4” x…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on June 15, 2019 at 11:35am — No Comments
Trying Out My New Ice Vest
I have MS. Heat is bad for people with MS. This year my body told me that my wonderful technical fabric summer cooling shirt and breeches were not enough, and a long term forecast I saw warned of the possibility of over a month with no relief or rain (fortunately that forecast was not completely accurate, it has cooled down a little and we are getting rain…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on June 8, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments
Bingo's Mouth Stayed Closed!
But first an update on Cider. She has been flinching just about every step (though more or less trotting “sound”) so when it came time in my budgeting I finally gave in and got her some Back on Track stuff. I bought her exercise boots, for both the fore legs and her hind legs, and a BOT exercise sheet. It is getting hotter so we just use the exercise sheet after we…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on June 1, 2019 at 11:16am — No Comments
A Single Jointed Bradoon Improves Contact
As I lay thinking about my previous week's lesson I decided I had to do SOMETHING about Bingo's bradoon on the double bridle. Since the French-link eggbutt bradoon seemed to be encouraging sucking back, iffy contact except for a few steps, and great resistance to halting and backing up, and I decided that Francis Dwyer might have a good point about…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on May 25, 2019 at 11:58am — No Comments
The Final Cold Morning of the Season
This Wednesday morning it was quite crisp, 45°F with a brisk breeze at dawn and it did not warm up much in time for my lesson. I had to put my cold weather breeches back on and I could wear my BOT back brace without getting too hot. I even used my home-made bit warmer on the bits.…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on May 18, 2019 at 11:32am — No Comments
Is the Double Bridle EASIER for Horses to Understand?
This week was the fourth time I used a double bridle on Bingo. I continue to be totally amazed how this horse who was VERY resistant to hand aids has settled down and is now showing definite signs of understanding my hand aids. Even though my curb rein is sagging enough so that I do not bring the curb chain into action, when I give hand aids…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on May 11, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments
I Rode Bingo Twice This Week
This was a good week, I got to ride Bingo 30 minutes at a walk twice this week, once for my lesson and then I FINALLY got a “homework” ride in.
Wednesday I was so glad to see that clouds of hair did not come off Bingo when Debbie groomed him! He is still shedding, but a lot of his undercoat and…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on May 4, 2019 at 11:24am — No Comments
We Check Out the Weymouth Curb
One of the advantages of the double bridle is the ability to communicate with the horse at a level of great subtlety. The bradoon give the snaffle effect or course, like the Weymouth curb gives the curb effect, and the subtleness of the double bridle comes from how the rider uses both bits in combination. For most purposes the individual bits are used to indicate…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on April 27, 2019 at 1:28pm — No Comments
I Introduce Bingo to the Double Bridle
My French-link Egg-butt Bradoon bits finally arrived on Monday. Yeah! I got out my cob size bradoon hanger, found my longest Micklem bit straps and my new reins. My Hinterland notched reins stayed on my Wellep double-jointed snaffle since I really did not expect for Debbie to tell me to go ahead and use my made-up double bridle, but I went ahead and put my…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on April 20, 2019 at 11:04am — No Comments
Bingo Slowly Improves
The shedding season is in full force and the bug season is just about to start down here. Bingo hair is all over my saddle pad, my girth, my riding clothes, and tracked into my mini-van and house, Bingo hair is taking over my universe (with some help from Cider.) You'd think after weeks of weekly thorough groomings that the quantity would decrease, that his coat would look…Continue
Learning How to Use My Upper Thigh
Several weeks ago I had run into a quote from Stephen Peters that said that the lower legs do the driving aids and that the thighs do the collecting aids. From what Debbie has told me about how she gives her halting aids I knew that Debbie had already figured this out long ago, even it she had not put the idea forth in a pithy statement. After discussing this…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on April 6, 2019 at 1:57pm — No Comments
Bingo's Selective Memory
Due to Debbie's endless list of tasks to get her stable ready for a show today I had to take my lesson on Thursday. I'm just glad that Debbie was able to fit me in!
When I got to the stable I noticed a sign in the wash stall, to NOT shed the horses out in the wash stall because all the hair had…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on March 30, 2019 at 10:56am — No Comments
Bingo's Vacation Ends
Bingo had a 8 month long vacation with nobody riding him at all. He's been fed, his hooves trimmed, and blanketed when needed (he lives outside), more than enough time for his body to heal from any little undetectable injuries. Debbie had started grooming out his winter coat the week before my lesson, getting a lot of hair off outside the barn.…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on March 23, 2019 at 10:29am — No Comments
I Will Be Changing My Lesson Horse
My lesson on Wednesday was the usual. Cinnabar, came in with his usual “you again” sour expression, he did not particularly enjoy the grooming (mostly Debbie), and the overall impression I got from him was that he thinks he is overworked and “underpaid” (he gets fed plenty and has lots of turn-out with his buddies.)…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on March 16, 2019 at 11:07am — No Comments
Riding in the Drizzle
This week I had a choice, I could ride in the drizzle or take my lesson on frozen footing.
I decided that getting damp was better than risking a wrenched fetlock joint.
Sunday I was really hoping that the precipitation would hold off…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on March 9, 2019 at 1:44pm — No Comments
At Least I Had a Lesson This Week
I only got to ride on Wednesday this week, at least I got a lesson in!
Cinnabar was my lesson horse again. It was so warm I did not have to use any of my butt blankets. I think I felt a lesser degree of the muscles in his butt moving smoothly because we did not have the BOT butt blanket on.…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on March 2, 2019 at 11:20am — No Comments