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Discoveries from today - 19/03/2018

Today Darcy and I went out to practice some of our HiM again. The short range with the halter on was going beautifully and Darcy was really trying in his upwards transitions to trot (which are looking considerably better than they did yesterday!). I switched the alerts for the ring rope around the neck and Darcy gave me some great tries with his flex and was feeling even better than yesterday. Then I asked him for some lateral drift at the trot and it all went a bit haywire. His hindqu

LunaMorrow

LunaMorrow

 

Todays Play - 18/03/2018

Today I went out with yesterdays successes and lessons learned in mind. Darcy and I had a play with some short range with the halter on to warm up and he was really offering the flex. We did some nice sends, stops and lateral drift, and our transitions up to a trot had improved. I made sure to reward all of his tries by stopping frequently. After 10 minutes I swapped Darcy’s halter for the 22” rope around his neck. We repeated the short range and he offered flex again really nicely. Then I sent

LunaMorrow

LunaMorrow

 

Yesterdays Progress

Yesterday I finished watching all of the HiM videos on my Level 2 modules.  I decided to go out and practice some short and long range things from the videos. I made sure all of my ducks were lined up and Darcy gave me some awesome tries. After about half an hour or so, I wanted to finish up with just a few short range circles and then I found an escaping duck. Darcy had stopped offering flex going to the right and would only do it when I asked and stop as soon as I offered the release forw

LunaMorrow

LunaMorrow

 

How Not to Do a Skills Check

Hahaha.... oh, shonky camera work, not sequential goals, failure to perform the movements very well... um, yeah.  We'll probably not be submitting this one for assessment!

_helen_

_helen_

 

L1 HWC 1 No Yield

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y87UcR4fT0w&t=19s Zip the first 50 seconds or so. Attempt to tick some boxes for Level 1, Homework Card 1. No Yield. I thought Tetley was pretty awesome. 

_helen_

_helen_

 

2017 Achievements

I started this year with Level 1 behind me and my goals were to progress in level 2 and feel confident to canter Gulliver in a circle.  I am proud to report that I have finished the easier half of the assignments in level 2.  I can also canter Gulliver and have learnt thanks to Mel's Impulsion Clinic how to ride up into the canter and get my direct rein lighter.  I have a great connection with my big boy who always gives me his best try.  Thanks to the Great support of Fiona and all the wonderfu

jane_gully

jane_gully

 

Another Challenge on my Journey

You can only travel smooth for so long before you have to over come another block in the road.  I find these are now giving me more of a fire in my belly to succeed.  Pushing through the fear and just listening.  Not feeling very strong and a little short of breath with a cold I find myself with the concept of a group trot passenger lesson.  At first I sit it out thinking to myself.  Then I realize that the opportunity is too much to pass up.  Gulliver and I really need this.  He is always more

jane_gully

jane_gully

 

That time of year

Life just gets so busy towards the end of the year with kids and work that keeping goals for Gulliver become really challenging. I thought writing them down will help me keep focused. I really want to go as far as my body will let me with this journey so it is taking a bit longer as I work on myself too. My next goal is to get Gulliver more comfortable in a canter on both leads and maintain. I would really love to be able to do a canter passenger lesson before the end of the year. I also wa

jane_gully

jane_gully

 

L2 with Bailey - September

it might as well rain until September.... and it feels as tho it has the weather has been less than pleasant through out August to say the least, hence no blog post as nothing was really achieved!   So spring has now sprung and time to 'grow' a bit more in our horsemanship journey, pull out the excuses (like weeds), nurture the brain - lesson with Mel as opposed to layering with s*%# - and encourage new buds of experiences and learning   With this in mind Bailey and I are looking at L3

2legsue

2legsue

 

we are getting there

I am so amazed in only a few days I am able to rub Cheyene's face a little tonight, and then all of a sudden he pulls away again, It has helped that Teena has not been here with him this week. oh well back to the drawing so to speak, onward we go tomorrow with it again.

teena

teena

 

Starting Again.

well maybe this time I can get out of L1, I have got myself a 15 year old appaloosa, that I had a fantastic time with yesterday as we started going through our lesson cards, well no horse is perfect I know, but this may take some getting over. I knew Cheyene was hard to catch, but with some advice and instruction from Sharon we have got around that but this next hurdle may take me a bit longer, he doesn't like his head touched, rubbed in any way you can put a halter on him just don't touch his

teena

teena

 

Introducing Saint Sonia

Hi All First time blogger here... I've been studying with QS for many years. I passed my first level one with my big TB Scrubber years ago, unfortunately Scrub passed away. I have now got a new girl called Sonia, she's a Standy, a baby just 5 yrs. We have been together since the start of this year. I plan to get all my assignments into Mel by the end of the year and have level one done and dusted, we are about half way through. Mel has done some horse training with her, to assist her

amandal

amandal

 

So much try!

I wanted to write something here so I remember how much try Perl gave me tonight!   I was playing with the ranch rope and tried our first jumps bigger than the sideways barrels. I made a jump out of crossing 2 poles between the upright barrels. I started with the barrels spaced far apart and moved them together so the jump ended up quite big. Perl did so well and followed my direction so well she trotted beautifully in and out of the jumps even when they got quite big (probs 3/4 the upright ba

georgia_perl

georgia_perl

 

Behind the scenes progress

Since QSports I have had to back track to fix some issues that I have created with being on Gulliver's off side. I do think we have made some great progress on fixing this part of our relationship. I have also been working on our canter but having the same issue of not having a big enough space. I met a lady who has been keeping her horse in the paddock next door and we decided to go for a ride into the forestry. It was my first real trail ride since finishing level 1. It felt amazing. I f

jane_gully

jane_gully

 

felt like spring

Dear diary, I have felt more up lifted in the last 2 week as the weather has felt like spring is in the air. Cold starts but by mid morning the sun has a bit of warmth with low winds. 1 more month of winter to go. August is usually the worst for me as the winds are higher, colder and more rain. But so far so good.   Ive had a slump of motivation but slowly it has been regained. I have been practising bits and pieces of activities but still not ready to hand

iggy_denise

iggy_denise

 

Level 2 with Bailey - July

How does another month slip past so quickly   What did we accomplish in June: ~ 2 play days which included braving the cold & - working on the longer lines with the 22' around the neck - a trail walk in hand away from and out of sight of the other horses with no calling out by me or Bailey - riding and finding the centre on a very stiff horse and working on transitions from my seat on the circle and the rail; simple leads helped him to soften and our session finished with a softer ho

2legsue

2legsue

 

shut down mode

Dear diary, Winter is here and it is my least favourite time of year. I will go into to shut down mode and take time off. So no more writing form me for a while. Bye.

iggy_denise

iggy_denise

 

video taken down

Dear diary, I got my video of the spirals assignment taken down as I knew it was not a pass. To me there was no harmony nor bio - mechanically correct movements. Plus other things that made it unsightly for me to watch. I feel better that it is gone.

iggy_denise

iggy_denise

 

tweaking my problems

Dear diary, It turned out to be quite a nice day today no wind and not cold at all. I just had to get on and have a ride. Iggy has been changing shape so I re-looked at the fitting of my saddle and moved and added the shimms to a way that may suit his physic at this time.   I really don't know if it is Iggy or me or the both of us but I keep on being pushed over to the right side and every now and then I have to stand in the left stirrup to sift the saddle ove

iggy_denise

iggy_denise

 

assignment is up

Dear diary, Well my assignment went up this morning.   I don't think it will be a pass, as the change of direction will be regarded as to close and not enough forward from Iggy as the change in the direction he drops down to a walk. Our sends take to long but moving off on the correct leg.Our circle may be regarded as to close. I may get a comment about how I should use my body language more to get Iggy to move up to a trot and Iggy walks off after the send

iggy_denise

iggy_denise

 

practice at home

Dear diary, I had a run through of my spirals assignment today. I video it, it was pretty ordinary but I have not handed anything in for a while so it will have to do. I think I will also hand in another as I was not happy with this effort today.   It is interesting watching yourself in the camera. When I am going through the procedure of the assignments I think I am being rough and forceful with lots of energy but when I watch myself I'm not like that at al

iggy_denise

iggy_denise

 

a day at elco

Dear diary, It always confuses me when someone wants to know what you are doing. They sit and listen and want to be shown how to do it. So you show them and give them instruction. They are all excited so you leave them to it and in10 minuets, if that, you see them in the corner of your eye and they are back doing there old stuff. Why do I bother.   While out at Elco I was watching some one train a young horse in the classical way. I love the classical way.

iggy_denise

iggy_denise

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