So I had established that the behavioral traits of my ponies was me and thought well I just need to be a better leader and get on with it. Easy right, no problem.... how bloody wrong was I. We had a workshop and lessons or something with Mel at Chambers Flat and I was pumped, okay I trying to fake it until I could make it. As soon as we drove it, I could feel my anxiety soar as there were horses everywhere and some polo cross game and I went to robotic mode, have a cigarette, unload horses, have
Big come back from his restart with Shane and I just wanted to get through my Level 1 and have a red string. I was on a roll with assignments and getting through the Level 1 ground work. I had a few resubs and Big and I were still finding our partnership etc. I went through saddling procedure and started to do the 1 rein pattern. I realised rather quickly that I was terrified of Big on the ground and in the saddle as he had kicked me, bitten me several times, would counter flex and would not can
Looking For A Good Boy Horse - a few years ago I needed to find a horse to regain my confidence and Big as you all know him, had been offered to me. I had seen him several times over the years as he was spelled at our other property. I was offered him on lease and his description seemed perfect. Quite, could walk, trot and canter, no buck and no impulsion - PERFECT I WILL TAKE HIM.
I had Big restarted by Shane, though he never raced - he was trialed and had learnt to use his size to push on
My daughter Maya bought Murphy to start her horsemanship journey. Due to health issues she is not making much progress and Murphy needs to keep going so I have taken over.
Murphy has had one previous owner who had her started at 7years old then unfortunately had a non horse related accident breaking her back and was unable to progress with Murphy. She was devastated as they have know Murphy since birth. She was started by Ken Faulkner and had only been played with and ridden bareback at
Due to some personal health reasons I have found moving forward with Gulliver really challenging. There are also many current stresses in my life which is putting a huge block on my progress. For the health of me and my family my new goals are as follows. I will be continuing with Gulliver very slowly with some of the ridden in level two and ground work HIM and Level 3 as much as my physical health lets me. I am also taking over Murphy as Maya will be pulling out of QS for a while for health
Gulliver is being awesome. I had a lesson with Meredith and have been practicing all the aspects that have come from that lesson. I had a lot of pennies drop. My slow progress has of course been time. The thing I do love is that no matter how long in between Gulliver is always willing and has never forgotten anything. I am still loving my saddle and have been doing a little trail riding, more for mental health as well as getting some klms for Maya's horse as a neighbor is helping me get her
Hi everyone! Here is what Darcy and I have been up to the last couple of weeks.
About 2 weeks ago Darcy and I joined the Gallop A-Team to spend 8 weeks focusing towards preparing for and eventually attempting the gallop assignment.
I had a play day in Cooroy last Saturday. I filmed my bareback assignment and had a lesson for the simples assignment with Fiona.
During the bareback assignment Darcy was having some trouble with right circles and was getting very braced and counter-fl
The Non-Contact (Bareback) Riding assignment has been in the works for a while now. Our last couple rides have really been focused on getting Darcy’s right canter lead, having him softer and more wiling in the direct rein turns and just generally improving my bareback seat to help him out more (especially during rein positions and that canter transition).
All of the elements have been coming together so we went out and filmed it 2 days ago. I was really happy with how we went, but the quali
I recently came back from 5 days completing a working student position for the Cert 1 course at QSSC. It involved working through the Cert 1 course and checklist wth Darcy and doing some groundwork with Khmari for an hour each per day. The rest of my day was spent watching Meredith, Mel and Shane horse training and chatting with everyone about our discoveries, ponderings, thoughts, etc. The working part of my position involved caring for some of the horses in for training, cleaning the kitchen a
I have been starting to get back into riding and we went back and had a go at some level 1 programs that I thinks needed revisiting again. From here I have had progress in my direct reins and have been getting comfortable in the saddle and moving so much more in trying to communicate with him better. Yesterday I found myself thinking that we were ready to try the canter again. All my ducks were lined up and away we went. He was really trying and one way we got some nice transitions and even
About 3 weeks ago Darcy started getting sore again, so we brought our riding to a halt and I found a massage and red light therapist to come treat Darcy in the hope I'd be able to avoid vet bills this time. The muscle therapist came out and treated Darcy, he was sore and reactive on both sides in his chest, back, croup and hamstring region, as well as over his poll and his sacroiliac joint - he also couldn't move his head up and down from the poll. He improved a little after the first treatment
On Monday Murphy met her fly mask. She quickly decided it was not for her, after showing it to her and all was good I went to put it over her ears she quickly jumped back and it got stuck on one of her ears this freaked her out and she started to forequarter yielding so quickly her rope went air borne about a meter off the ground swinging around and whipping me in the leg, she continued this for a few more seconds before stopping, which we find a little amusing now. Murphy and I had been going w
I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of my saddle as without one I have stalled a bit. I have had it about 2 weeks and today I got to take it to our playday at Cooroy. Poor Gully is a bit lacking in the muscle tone department and was feeling just a little bit fresh so we got to see the arena a bit faster than usual. By the end we managed to get some good direct reins and change of direction. I am slipping and sliding around in the saddle so much playing with all the movement I now have a
We just got our second Purple Tick, and for our HiM Liberty!
I'm so proud of Darcy and I, and I still can't believe that we actually passed this assignment! Darcy will be getting a giant carrot and lots of pats and cuddles this afternoon.
Our HiM Long Range is super close now, so we have to get out there and film it again ASAP.
Here is our HiM Liberty -
So I've made yet another blog! I want to keep my Level 2 stuff and HiM stuff seperate blogging wise. Darcy and I currently have 4 assignments to go until we finish our Level 2! The bareback, simple leads, non-contact and contact riding leads (so all riding). My goal is for us to complete our Level 2 by the end of the year, in time for the Level 3 QSE camp we will be attending with Shane and Meredith in Woolooga next year (so excited).
Darcy and I had a bit of a break from
Darcy and I reattempted the Long Range HiM the other day. Today we got feedback saying we were super close and I just need to give Darcy some more room in the COD's to allow him to maintain his trot and then we will be ready for that Purple Tick. Hopefully we can get out this weekend and film our long range and our liberty, and maybe pass them both too.
Today I went out with a goal to practice and improve some of the elements from both assignments and when I first went d
Darcy and I received our first purple tick for our Short Range HiM about 3 weeks ago. Our Long Range is getting better each time and our Liberty is so close to a purple tick now. Purple ticks are coming!
Here is the link to our Short Range HiM -
Unfortunately not much to report. One exciting aspect is that I have ordered Gulliver a QS saddle on the 2nd January. In the mean time we have just been practicing on the ground. I know my saddle should be here soon I am hoping before the end of July. He just seemed to grow out of his other saddle so I have hardly ridden in the past 6 months. Look out next 6 months because I am having severe withdrawls. Poor Gully has also lost all his herd in the past couple of weeks. The only two horses
I just got feedback from Meredith today on Darcy and I's first trot attempt of the short range HiM, and its so close now. We just have to improve on the flow, Darcy's self carriage and my rope skills (no using the rope for forward).
This was filmed about a week and a half ago, but now its looking about a million times better. Darcy is offering amazing self carriage (his back is close to being as flat as a table), I'm not lifting my rope hand for the offer for trot (Darcy's just going off of
I haven't posted in over a month (whoops). Darcy and I have been super busy though.
He pulled up lame and after 2 vet visits and some x-rays was diagnosed as being calcium deficient. He is now being treated for that, and as part of it he has to have time off from anything major. All we are allowed to do is small amounts of walk groundwork (which we can be quite creative with). So we have ben doing tons of HiM, and have been practicing short range, long range and liberty all at a walk.
I have been a bit slack with posting, so here is our progress from the past week or so.
Darcy and I went to the Sunshine Coast Practice Group for the World's Biggest Play Day. In some of the games like the races he went a bit emotional and braced up, and I am happy to say that I was able to use the skills I have gained from Him to bring back the thinking Darcy. He was also concerned by a giant horse statue and the ball when it came flying at him during soccer. I was able
Today I went out and gave Darcy a little clean up because he had been rolling in the mud! Once he was looking handsome again I did some of the short range HiM to warm up and then went through the saddling procedure.
I asked Darcy through the different rein positions and paid extra attention on making sure he didn't step forward or finish with his weight forward after the forequarter yields. They were looking really good and I could feel him using and raising him back a little, so we did so
Yesterdays play with Darcy went really well. I went through the mounting procedure HiM style and Darcy went really well and was ok with trot at a longer range and over the barrels.
When I got on, I ran through our rein positions for a while and focused on having them nice and flowing. At one point when I was asking Darcy to back with one rein it felt like he had picked himself up and his back rose, but I'm not sure as I haven't felt it before, I released on it regardless because it was a n