Just before christmas I decided to throw up three assignments to see how Khmari and I were going and low and behold we passed all three.
After doing the summer lessons with Gulliver and learning more about horses and what it takes to keep them sound and how they should be started. Khmari has had issues all along and he would be about 10 or 11 years old now so riding him wouldn't be fair. He is always around when I am playing with Gulliver and even comes into the arena with us. So I though th
Well the summer lessons are over once again and I am loaded with so much information that I hope I have remembered in the right context. I have grown more in confidence and I think I have a much better understanding of what I am looking at in the way of how a horse should move his body. Gulliver has also become more confident and I feel we are now in a really good position to move forward in the program. We also picked up some extra tips from Shane and Meredith with the hand over of Harmony a
Where has the time gone 3 of March already. A new month a new start. It was the practice day for the little river and Lara group. The two groups have combined now and have a new name QS horsemanship Lara and Little River Legends. Bit of a mouth full but there you go.
It was ground work today and I worked through the level 2 home work card 1 and did some rebounds on the 22 long line and he was terrific. the back up was reasonable straight and t
I just thought I would take the time out to describe my horses (Iggy) nature.
THE WALL FLOWER a RIGHT BRAINED INTROVERT, is a submissive, lazy and energised, afraid and friendly all piled into one. Other traits are tense, quiet, obedient, distrustful, hesitant, freezes then explodes, unpredictable, shy, timid, cant think when scared.
The good side of all this is obedient, submissive, bonding and forgiving.
If I make him go forward he can swish
As usual my imagination has got the better of me. In my mind I can see the costume for the "you cant do it biggest play day". The event is going to be in 2 weeks and the mythological creature is proving to take longer than I though it would to make. I may have to revise my idea to a more simple one.
Riding and a little ground work today. Laterals on the ground, started out with some resistance then softened and became really quite nice. So soft I could have put an elastic band on the snap.
My main focus today was hind 1/4 yields as they are a little sticky. We worked on those on the ground till he was listening and comprehending the question.
Its Interesting how the situation can change ever so slightly and then you have to go
Im talking about training, wether it is ground work or ridden. I look at other people train their horse and it has got me wondering and thinking, is it more than practising, home work card, patterns and assignments? Some people seam to be practicing real hard and not always traveling as fast as others. Im not talking about comparisons here because we are all on out own journeys, but observations. Horse come in all colours, shapes and sizes, tall, fat and thin. We can see that at a quick glance,
Today was ground work for the level 2 practise for assignment 1 and 2. This was the first time we practised and it was not to bad. So need less to say for assignment 1 we has to pay particular attention to the hind 1/4 yield. We went right back to one step at a time. Do it slow and correct.
Then practised the spiral challenge in sections the back up was pretty good 7 out of 10 just a little slow but not to bad. Could be a bit more responsive, no
Sunday we re checked our fore 1/4 and hind 1/4 turns in the saddle. Iggy was, as to be expected a bit sticky, as this was the case on Friday. So I did an exercise of a box and at each corner I did a fore 1/4 turn. We did the whole thing at the walk then trotted the straight lines and walk the fore 1/4 turns at the corners and when he became light as a feather in the corner I did the whole square in the trot. This was a great exercise for us as it was repetitive and n
Dear diary, on Friday I checked my lateral flexions not to bad right side 9 out of 10 left side 7 to 8 out of 10 fore 1/4 right side 7 out of 10 left side 5 to 6 out of 10 and hind 1/4 yields 2 out of 10. We had sticky feet and an over all reluctance to conform to the requests asked. so some bad and some good moments.
Dear Diary, Today was a magnificent day. So I decided to sit in the sun and read my booklets while Iggy grazed by the road side. Being summer time there is not much feed in the paddock so if there is a bit of greenery grab it while you can. Today was undemanding time. just being together time.
Tonight I finally got on and rode Gulliver bareback. I got to try my new bareback pad too. I has followed a whole day of visualising and setting up my bareback pad so that it fit properly. Plus some swimming to limber up. I had a failed attempt on Monday night and since then it has been heavily on my mind. Even Kirra had to walk away as she was getting too nervous. Once on we did some lateral flex and then some rein positions and finally a walk around. Mostly I felt good with a few moment
Going to this years summer lessons has got me all inspired to get out there again and stop making excuses. After cantering with a thunder storm coming I knew I could do a passenger lesson in the rain. Previously my passenger lessons had not been complete but I knew that if we are to get it together my little green horse and I really needed to put in the full ten minutes x three. After the first ten minutes I saw a glimmer of him starting to settle in. After the second ten minutes I found tha
It has been an anxious wait for my last results. My one rein assignment has been my nemasis. Starting with a green horse was not ideal and I didn't take into account that my physical health had deteriorated as well as a draft horse is considerably different to ride than what I was use to.
All in all it has been a journey of tears and triumphs. I still have a long way to go but I feel that I am better able to read Gulliver's feedback and have the confidence to respond to him in a fair way tha
On Saturday afternoon I had my lesson with Fiona. I was ready to canter Gulliver and to give extra incentive we had a lovely thunder storm approaching. I really think that Fiona conjured it up. So with thunder and lightning and some sand blowing across the arena Fiona kept me focused and we achieved not only a canter but a really lovely canter from the hind quarters. Now I just need to put it all together and film my last assignment. Thanks Fi
Yesterday I had my first ride on Oscar, wow was it different to riding Teena, he is so althetic and soft
first we had a nice walk around the round yard then a nice little trot, he is so smooth my butt didn't leave the seat.
wow we are going to have such fun together doing our home work card and assignments
I love this big softy and he loves his cuddles too.
The coming months are going to be flat out with Christmas concert preparations for daycare. Work commitments graduations for two of the kids so my challenge is to really escalate my work rate with Gulliver to get this level one finished by Christmas. I know I can do it and with Fiona and Di there to help I know I can do it. Here is my Public declaration that I will get it done.
Khmari just sits in my paddock getting older. The recent free lessons at woolooga brought with it an opportunity to take Khmari as Gulliver was not well. He has never been anywhere in his life except to change paddocks so it was very different for him. I got to learn a whole new way to look at difficulties as Khmari is not confident and will fight before flight. I got some great tips from Jill and Elise and today I was able to get him to side pass over a cone which was troubling him at the l
Have missed so many play days now and finding it hard to get back into it. My back has played up twice keeping me from riding but today I went out and did some level two ground work. It went really well. Hoping to ride in the morning. Just one assignment from finishing level 1. It still seems so far away.
This year has brought with it so many great experiences but unfortunately still not level one. I am my biggest problem and at the moment it is my hips and balance and the fact that it is so dry and the grass has become like ice to Gulliver. Even at the trot he seems to be sliding on the bends. I suppose that's what you get when you choose to ride a horse with dinner plates for feet.
We came so close to cantering this weekend but in the end my nerves got the better of me and I piked out. Gul
It has really been an amazing journey over the past few months and I feel that through the enormous support from Meredith, Fiona and Shane we are finally getting somewhere.
I was lucky enough to spend some more time with the QS family over the cooroy stay of the Qld tour. I came home and rode Gulliver on sunday only to break a fundamental rule of don't let your horse change your focus.
We were riding the rail when my husband came out of the shed with a jerry can. Gulliver left the rai
I have just finished summer lessons with meredith. I feel we have finally made the leap from hitting my head against a brick wall to realisation of the possibilities. My confidence has sky rocketed my connection with gulliver is at a level I have never experienced before. The best part is that this is only the beginning!!! Bring on more QS. AMAZING STUFF.