Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
  • entries
    12
  • comments
    50
  • views
    9,518

About this blog

what me and Grace have been up to lately

Entries in this blog

samara

29.7.14

Now, the only reason I'm writing about this is because I have to. If you gathered from the title, this is to do with one really big school project needs to be finished in seven weeks and I've barely even started. 😁 One of the tasks is to write a blog about what you discover and what you learn along the way whilst completing your project. Considering I've only just started all I can say is that the people who are authorising the culling of brumbies are potatoes, to say it kindly ( and also because everyone and anyone will read this once it's published and when it comes round to presentation night at school😳). Brumbies are a really important Australian icon (The Man From Snowy River) and the way some people repay that is by saying, ' the brumbies are damaging native plants and landscapes...here's a bright idea, let's say we're "controlling their numbers" and go out and slaughter hundreds of them and leave the vast majority of shot horses to die slowly and painfully'.

 

I might as well say it now, that any and all comments are welcome on this blog as they will help in the project. If anyone knows any sights that might help or people that can help (apart from Jen because I know she can 😄) that would also be helpful.

 

I've got my plan all sorted out courtesy of mum, and now the tough part...sticking to it. 3 to 4 blog posts a week for the next seven weeks highlighting what I do and how. It will be like sticking to the task of, 'I'm going to get this assignment in the next month and film every week' and then 'the weather is to wet' or 'it's to cold'...except this is for school *sigh*. There should be a photo somewhere on the blog showing what I achieved tonight with mums help. Each A4 sheet of paper is a different task to do with the project.

 

Hopefully next time I write I will have more info on the brumbies.

 

BRUMBIES AND AUSTRALIA...they go hand in hand 🐴

 

2.8.14

Found Jens article on Facebook courtesy of mum. This just goes to show how these beautiful brumbies can turn out when given some TLC. The project is about brumby culling and using evidence and articles (thanks Jen) to show why the culling is inhumane and downright wrong. I just need to find a bit more on articles (success stories and cull activities 😔) and that will be one piece of the project out of the way. Thanks for suggesting to talk to the president of VBA Jen, I think I will and hopefully get someone else's opinion on the issue and what you guys do to help the brumbies.

 

Link to the article in horse deals (will test it but it should work)

https://www.quantumsavvy.com/board/index.php?app=core&module=attach&section=attach&attach_id=8526

😮

 

BRUMBIES AND AUSTRALIA...they go hand in hand 🐴

 

4.8.14

I've done some more searching and one article was about two, three day aerial culls in Canarvon National Park. Some numbers:

*since 2007 more than 6300 horses have been shot

*Ms Jones, Environment Minister for the QLD government fears that if action against brumbies is not taken quickly in the area, the numbers of brumbies could quickly escalate to more than 45,000. This should be supported by scientific facts and numbers. There are approximately 4450 brumbies in the park, with mares producing only one foal per year...I don't see how the population could get to 45,000 in the next year...

*autopsies after the last cull show that many of the horses had up to 7 bullets in them- meaning that the horses took this many bullets in them to stop moving.

*after these brumbies die, they become a food source for other feral animals, allowing their numbers to grow and impact the environment.

* Ms Jones states that shooters will be aiming for the brumbies heads and hearts- this is against all Codes of Practise, which state that shooting for the head on a moving platform is not humane...4-7 bullets in the brumbies sides isn't exactly humane either, but Ms Jones seems to think it is.

 

To improve this situation I think that Ms Jones needs to do her research before making statements. In the next year, even two years the population won't rise to 45,000 brumbies. Hypothetically, if we assume 90% of the population of brumbies are female and are able to reproduce, with none of them dying or their foals dying, the numbers would only increase by 4000 approx., this would take 11 years to reach 45,000 brumbies. Factoring in the death rates of foals and infertile mares and stallions in the numbers, this makes the time frame for the brumbies to reach 45,000 exceed 11 years.

 

Gotta go to bed. 😔

BRUMBIES AND AUSTRALIA...they go hand in hand. 🐴

 

5.8.14

Done some more reading tonight on the culling methods used in the Kosciuszko National Park (KNP). Aerial culling was banned there, but I haven't got so far as to know when.

 

Facts:

*There are 27 trap yards throughout the park.

*Horses have been removed from the area since 2002, with 2555 removed in the last decade.

*Rob Gibbs, park ranger and senior project officer for the park Wild Horse Managemnet Plan Review Project, says that "only 37% of the horses captured were able to be rehomed. 😞 With the remaining 1700 horses going to the abattoir to be euthanised."

*Rob Gibbs also says that when the brumbies, trapped in the trap yards, "come into human contact they become very flighty and very stressed." Something tells me that the humaneness of these projects doesn't seem to fit in with the stress levels but, hey, I need to do some more research.

*Of the 200 horses that were removed in 2013, only 94 were rehomed.

*Rob Gibbs says that this removal method does not match that of the breeding rates of the brumbies. He says that "over 1400 horses need to be removed a year to keep the population static, but there best year of passive trapping has been 675 horses in one year. So as you can see we're not really even keeping up with the natural population increase."

*Graeme Worboys, protected mountains expert, says NSW National Parks must be able to aerially cull. "Every year there are more and more horses. Trapping is not keeping up and rangers need aerial shooting, culling, as a tool in their tool box to control these horses, as unpleasant as that may be." He says. This method of culling polarises communities, because of the sheer inhumaneness of it.

 

Going to sleep now. ☺️

 

BRUMBIES AND AUSTRALIA...they go hand in hand. 🐴

 

17.8.14

I'm getting my thoughts together to put down all that I know about brumbies. If anyone knows anything about them that would be good to hear about. To answer the question about what year I'm in at school, it's year 8 and it's starting to strain me. 😫 Anyway...

 

I known that brumbies have been in Australia since the white man brought him in and he either escaped or was released into the bush. This was about 150 years ago or more. If anyone knows the year that would be appreciated in the comments. 😄 Conservationists have started to think that brumbies are causing damage to some of Australia's national parks, such as Carnarvon National Park, QLD, Kosciusko National Park, NSW and the Apline National Park,VIC. They believe that the brumbies are trampling the fragile environment in these places and also believe that the brumby population needs to be controlled by whatever means it has to be. Sadly, this means that in QLD the brumbies are aerially culled to control their numbers. In NSW and VIC the only way that the brumby population is controlled is by passive trapping and removing, as far as I am aware, which many conservationists/environmentalists are saying isn't keeping up with the natural breeding rate of the brumbies and seem to be wanting the approval of aerial culling as a control method. In the NT and WA they use aerial culling as a control method, but, these two terrains (WA and NSW) are very different from each other, and it shouldn't be thought that because aerial culling is practical in WA means it will be practical in NSW. There is no way that shooting a moving object form a moving platform is humane, even when the shooters are aiming for the heads and chests of the brumbies.

 

My brain has stopped funtioning and it's only 7:45 pm. Got school tomorrow and need some sleep. 😌

 

BRUMBIES AND AUSTRLIA...they go hand in hand.🐴

 

25.8.14

Now, I known that my updates are a bit all over the shop but, hey, I've kinda gotta do other more important things (i.e. Instagram). But I've finally got my butt moving and have typed up most of my facts and figures, just a bit more tweeking and have done half the work I need to on the mapping side of things and am chewing through the story behind the issue part slowly. I've also done my letter to the editor and sent it to my English teacher to see what see thinks of it. I really need to catch up on my journal though...that's so far behind. So considering that I need to do my blog and a couple of journal entries, I should probably make this blog entry a bit shorter than the others but, hey, it's me so whatever.

 

I've finally worked out who I'm believing in this whole brumby argument, debate thingy...the people who are saying that the brumbies should just be left alone and have Mother Nature take care of itself. I'll try and add some photos of what I've done at a later date.

 

So I've done some more research and it turns out the the brumbies had either escaped or been released somewhere around the 1804 mark in history. From what I can remember off the top of my head, the domesticated horses were left behind after being freed when the white man moved to Tasmania. I will double check that but it's something along those lines, and I'm tired and I really can't be bothered doing this right now considering that it's quarter to nine at night, I have swimming tomorrow and I'm a teenager that has other things to do right now (like Instagram!).

 

I think I've just rambled tonight so you can completely ignore my babble if you so desire but, meh.

Going to do my journal entries and get into bed.

 

BRUMBIES AND AUSTRALIA...they go hand in hand. 🐴

 

9.9.14

Haven't been on for a while cos I've been lazy, so tonight I might attach some of my research for people to read. That way my entry can be shorter. I've got about two weeks until the end of term and that's when this is all supposed to be ready to print but I don't think that this is going to happen...we shall see. I haven't been doing much research lately but have started getting some photos to use in my folio. I've written my letter to the editor and my English teacher checked it, so that's all good and ready to print. I don't really have anything else to write in this blog, but will paste my letter to the editor into this blog tonight to see what people think. 😄

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to alert the community of the serious issue of brumby culling that occurs all over Australia. It is disappointing that the Australian government allows the culling of a very iconic creature, and what is more so disturbing is the fact that they think that it is humane to maim these stunning creatures and leave them to die, who are absolutely defenceless against the firearms of their killers.

 

There are two main ways of controlling the brumby population. Passive trapping and removal is used in NSW and VIC. Aerial culling is used in QLD, WA and NT. Passive trapping and removal means that the brumbies are lured into a trap yard and then trucked to the abattoir, if they are not adopted. In one instance of passive trapping and removal, over 1700 brumbies were sent to the abattoir.

 

Aerial culling is cruel and inhumane. Autopsies performed on brumbies that had been shot down in an aerial cull were found to have up to 7 bullets in them, meaning that there was no kill shot and that the brumbies are left to die slowly. Once dead they are left to rot and decay, becoming a food source for other animals. Really, the brumbies either end up dead in their homeland to become food for another animal, or they end up as dog food.

 

The QLD state government, for instance, is spending $4.5 million a year to combat pests. We would assume, if the government is willing to spend this much money on combating pests, they would at least try to find new and humane ways to control the brumbies numbers.

 

Quite often, culling in national parks, can end up dividing entire communities in half. Everything to do with brumbies has always been argued about, and it's time people pulled their heads in and thought of a humane way to control the brumbies population, and to determine if they are actually doing any harm to the environment, or if we are doing all of this for no gain to our nation whatsoever.

 

BRUMBIES AND AUSTRALIA...they go hand in hand. 🐴

 

15.9.14

So I've been a slacker and now it's come round to bite me. My weekends are turning into mad MAD project weekends and I've finally gotten my motivation back in reading that, really, brumbies are only protected in certain areas and there aren't many of those.

 

I have finished my Story Behing the issue and it's looking better on the "amount of things I have left to do" list. I've done a design for a t-shirt and am hoping that it won't need to many more tweek...but considering that I'm aperfectionist it might well have quite a few more tweeks coming its way.

 

I can't really think of much more to say and basically have given you an update on where I'm at...hopefully I'll be able to blog some more in the next few days coming not the holidays. :D

 

BRUMBIES AND AUSTRALIA...they go hand in hand. 🐴

 

1.10.14

Ok, ok, I know I said I wasn't going to blog during the holidays but it so turns out that I have to so, it's basically going to be another update on where I'm at.

 

I have finished my story behind the issue, the maps are nearly ready and I've just completed as of yesterday who is helping the brumbies (i.e. the Victorian Brumby Association) and as of today what I can do to help the brumbies.

 

Now all I've got to do is spell check and print everything out and make a front page and a contents page and all the really fun stuff...I hope...

 

Oh, my grandma was telling me about this place in the UK where the wild horses are protected and they have right of way in the villages that are in the forest that they live in...I'm thinking about listing it as a DID YOU KNOW fact in my project but I'm no sure yet...

 

BRUMBIES AND AUSTRALIA...they go hand in hand. 🐴

 

13.10.14

So....I'm home all day today providing I get my MAD project finished...on Saturday and Sunday I'd done most of the layout and sticking stuff in and now I've just gotta print out my bibliography, journal entries, blog and make some headings and a front page and I'm all done...except I'm a perfectionist so it'll take a while...I don't have any research to do anymore though, so that's a good thing.

 

I don't really have anything else to say except I'm so glad this is nearly over...then I might be able to think...or more likely I'll be drowned in ridiculous amounts of homework again...oh well, school is school...better get racking on the rest of this project.

 

BRUMBIES AND AUSTRALIA...they go hand in hand. 🐴

samara

BeeGee and I

Hi all,

I had started to work on BeeGee, moving the pair of us through Level 1 and to help him with his nervousness and help him with being the leader of our horses at home etc. I could go on and on but let's get to the point. We had been going though the Lvl 1 stuff so easily...and then came the one rein and the contact riding.

 

Well, we filmed the first 4 assignments in Lvl 1 inside a week and started to chip away at his float loading fears. About 2 weeks later we filmed our float loading and then found out that we had passed all 5 of those assignments..first go. So that's when we got stuck. Then I started to ride him quite often. Then school started and I got busy with homework and all sorts, so BeeGee's work got less and less and so did Indy's of course and still that one rein riding assignment sat there wasting away.

 

I got two strides of canter on BeeGee one day and bent him to a stop and gave him a rest and then hopped off. That was one of the last rides I did on him.

 

Now BeeGee is off the work charts because he has String Halt (something to do with the hind nerves...I think). I am hoping he will get better soon because I really want to finish Lvl 1 with him. I'm hoping that I will be able to do at least walk passenger lessons with him. Will keep a track record on BeeGee with my blogs but that's about as far as BeeGee and I have got at this stage.

samara

Pony Club

I feel like Indy and I have come a really long way in the last 14 months. We got our Lvl 1 within 6 months and now are working on Lvl 2. We have had a few set backs(like my horse getting sick for a month) but now I feel like we're back on track.

 

Last year in November I made the decision to go back to Pony Club and ride. I rode in a bridle but the teachers weren't fussed that I wasn't riding in contact. In the dressage, the instructor was trying to get us to steer our horses across the arena in serpentines with only our seat...and no contact on the bit. This was a bit confronting for the other two girls in my class as riding with contact was how they had always ridden. But steering without using the bridle..that must be almost impossible. Thanks to QS though, I got Indy to go across the arena from my seat. Score! Jumping was a breeze. We cantered over some jumps(loose rein again). Score!

 

So now I'm hoping I can do Pony Club for the whole year. Maybe have a chance at getting best presented. It will also give her confidence in going to other places and doing other things. I will keep you posted all those QS participants.

 

Updates coming soon...

samara

RIP Grace

blog-0636107001349687194.jpgHi all,

Grace had her first colic episode during August 2012. We had the vet out and they gave her pain killers and a drench. Next day woke up fine. Two weeks later she had her second colic episode. Same deal as last time, drench and pain killers next day she was up and running. Both times we think it was the severe cold. As you can probably imagine there were lots of tears and heartache.

 

On Saturday 6-10-12 we got home from a party. We saw Grace lying in the top paddock, flat on her side. I knew straight away something wasn't right. It was the wrong time of day for her to be snoozing. When I got out there she was facing with her legs pointing uphill...making it nearly impossible for her to get up. We managed to get her down the paddock after getting her up and into the 'vet' stable. She laid straight down. We thought she was just going to die because she wasn't stressing as she had done. We called the vet at 9:00pm. They said they would be one hour. By 10:00pm the vet was there. They did some checks and tests and said that her bowl was twisted or blocked in some way, not allowing anything to pass through. The vet gave her two pain killers and a muscle relax injection. (Grace was never a fan of needles). I went to bed feeling like she would bounce back as she always did.

 

Sunday 7-10-12 9:00am I went out to check on Grace. I found her lying near the gate into the arena. She was flat on her side. When she saw me she got up and I thought she had just been sleeping, waiting to be let out with the others...but basically the moment she got up she went straight back down. I got a lead and halter and tried to get her up. She wasn't even trying to get up. That's not Grace. I ran inside and got mum up we both tried to get her up but she had shut out. Mum called a few vets and one of them finally said that they could come out. When they got to our house they did some tests. They said that Grace's bowl had got twisted.

 

We had two options...1 to give her a small drench and pain killers and see how she went...2 was to stop the pain altogether and put her out of her misery, put her down. We probably spent half an hour deciding.I was crying and didn't want to let go. My heart was hurting enough from the 3 colic episodes why did I have to make this choice too. I would have said no if it weren't for mum. We said we would let her go to a better place, to be put down. I took her to say goodbye to the other 3 horses. Indy, BeeGee and Tigger nosed her but Tigger's parting 'words' were 'bite'. I cuddled her and gave her a kiss. It was so hard walking her up the hill to her pain relief.

 

At 12:00 noon the vet gave her a general anesthetic. Then he put a big needle into her vein and put in the fluids to stop her heart. She had two really big syringes full and then fell to the ground. The muscles in her face and in fact her whole body seemed were quivering. The vet then put in another full fluid and then checked for breathing and heart beating. Nothing. She was really dead. All the times she had pulled through and gotten better just didn't happen this time. I was crying hard and it was a shock to me that she was actually dead. I thought she was going to be around me and everyone else for a few more years. The vet left and then mum and I brushed her. I did a curry comb and got lots of hair out. Mum did her mane, tail and face. I rang our neighbours and told them what had happened. They came over and sat with us. I picked Grace's feet and brushed the mud and dirt off her legs and feet. We cut some of the longest hairs we could find on her tail so that we can get bracelets made. Mum put a flower in her mane. At least now she can be happy and not be in pain.

 

Dad dug the hole with the tractor. Then we hosted her in on ropes and backfilled so that she wouldn't fall over. I got in with her and mum. Mum put a couple of old pillows around her head. Then I arranged the flowers. Mum said, "She looks like a bride." and she did. We lit the bonfire to make something special for her on her day. It is so hard to let go of them after knowing what they have been capable of. I really wanted her to go to sleep and not wake up but sometimes we just don't get that...and we have to make the hard decisions.

samara

Level Two Camp

Hi all,

My ta-dah for the Level One camp was getting Indy to go from phase one when asked.

My goal for the Level Two camp to be able to go home and contiue to be confident in my pony and to be able to keep progressing and be able to be able to jump and gallop a calm horse.

1-5-2012

Level Two Ground Work

We were up at 6:00am. Mum fed my pony and I cleaned out her yard. At 8:30am we had our first Level Two meeting. We told Shane what our biggest goal was for the camp. At 10:00am we went outside and got our ponies out.

We went over all the Level One basic skills and then we did the Level Two basic skills. For Level Two we did more auditory in our no-yield. In our contact yields we added in rythmic pressure when we got to phase 2 and the horse wasn't moving at all or at our pase. In our no-contact yields we did the Level One phase 1 and then in one big movement(the horse has plenty of time to see what we are asking) we go through phases 2,3 and 4.

We went in at 12:45pm for lunch and then we went back outside to our horses at 2:00pm. We did the stuff that we had done before lunch as our warm up.

We then did some circles at a longer range. We did changes of direction(which should yield the front end across)and falling leaf(a definite stop using a hindquarter yield and then yielding the front end across to change the direction).

Then we did some sideways. We did the Level One ways and then we got the horses to move forward at the walk and the trot at a longer range. we pushed them sideways at the trot and got them to come back down to the walk by going sideways.

 

2-5-2012

 

 

Level Two Assignments

 

We were up at 6:00am and did our usuall thing before our 8:30am meeting. We went outside and got our ponies and practiced the first four assignments that are in the Level Two.

 

I did the first two assignments and then practiced the first little bit of assignment three and didn't get to do assignment four. We went inside for lunch at 1:00pm.

 

We went back outside at 2:00pm and got our ponies ready because we were going to do our assignments in front of Shane so that we could have our assignments assessed.

 

At 5:00pm we had some soup.

 

3-5-2012

 

 

Level Two Ground Work

 

We were up at 5:30am and did our usuall thing in the morning. We set up some round yards for later in the day so that we could do some liberty work with our horses and so that we could do some bareback riding in a small space to start with. We played with our horses in the arena and then we had our usuall meeting in at 8:30am.

 

At 10:00am we went outside and got our ponies. We went for a trail walk in the big paddock and then we did some Level Two float loading activities. I asked Indy forward and then I gave her no further direction with anything. I kept my body life up so that she was still moving forward. She went into the horse float without me asking anything of her. From the end of the 22ft rope.

 

We came in for morning tea and then went back outside and did some sideways. We came in for lunch at 1:00pm and then went back outside at 2:00pm. We went straight down to our round yards and took our horses halters off. We did some liberty work with them for the rest of the afternoon. Indy went really well in the liberty session.

 

4-5-2012

 

 

Level Two Assignments + Ridden Work

 

Today we were up at 6:00am. We did our usuall thing in the morning and then we played with our ponies for a little while. I did some more liberty. We had our usuall meeting at 8:30am.

At 10:00am we went outside and put our bareback pads on our horses and went into the arena. We checked our rein positions and then we went and had morning tea. We went down to our round yards and got on our horses bareback. We checked our rein positions again and then we did some transitions.

 

I did walk, trot, canter, trot , walk, backup. We went inside for lunch at 1:00pm and then got our ponies out again at 2:00pm. We did some assignments and I passed my first Level 2 assignment.

 

At 5:00pm we had dinner.

 

5-5-2012

 

 

Off Day

 

Today we slept in and then we did our usuall thing before we went out and did some shopping. I got a new saddle pad and some model horses. We had lunch at The Coffee Club and then came back so that we could do some homework with our horses and then we had some soup.

 

 

 

6-5-2012

Level Two Ground Work + Ridden Work

We were up at 6:00am. We did all our usuall jobs before we did some homework. At 8:30am we had our meeting.

At 10:00am we went outside and got our horses and put on their bareback pads. We rode them in the round yards and then at 1:00pm we had lunch.

At 2:00pm we went back outside and got the ponies out. We put on their saddles and did the same thing in the saddle that we had been doing bareback. We did some more assignments and then had soup at 5:00pm.

7-5-2012

Level Two Ridden Work

We wer up at 6:00am. We did our usuall thing and then did some homework. At 8:30am we had our meeting. At 10:00am we got our ponies and put on their saddles. We did our warm up and then we put on their bridles.

We had lunch at 1:00pm and then we were off again at 2:00pm. We did our warm up and then Shane filled our heads with the rest of Lesson 7 and the first bit of Lesson 8. At 5:00pm we had soup.

8-5-2012

Level Two Ridden Work

We were up at 6:00a. We did our usuall thing and then I did some homework. At 8:30am we had our meeting and at 10:00am we got our ponies saddled and bridled. We did Stopping Spot and Point To Point. They were a bit difficult for Indy.

We had lunch at 1:00pm and saddled up again at 2:00pm. We did the gallop pattern. Me and Indy got a few strides of gallop. It feels really fast but you only going at around 10-20km an hour.

We did some Simple Lead Changes and then had soup at 5:00pm.

samara

Diary

Hi

This is the whole of the Level One camp diary

 

17-4-2012

TRAVELLING

This morning I was up at 6:20am. I had to look after my rabbit this morning and my eldest pony. I had breakfast and then got dressed. We got the rest of our gear together and then we had to make room for it amongst all the horsey gear!LOL! That was a bit of a battle. But we got there eventually.

Then we had to get Tigger and Indy. Indy walked like a weirdo with her floating boots on. We put on their tail wraps so that they didn't rub out their tails in the float. We left at 9:00am.

We travelled for 2hrs and 5 mins. We stopped at a road side stop at 11:05am. Which is between Nagambi and Shepparton. We gave the horses a drink and a 10min rest. We then hit the road again.

We travelled for 1hr and 54min. We stopped at Jerilderie at 1:15pm. Mum went and bought lunch and I stayed with the horses. We gave the horses a carrot each and some water to drink. They also got some apple.They got a 30min rest and then we hit the road again at 1:47pm.

We travelled for 1hr from when we hit the road again. We stopped to get fuel at Narrandera at 2:47pm and left there at 3:01pm. The horses got a 14min rest. The weather is getting hotter as we go further north.

We parked and got the horses off the float and then we got them settled down in their stables for the night. Then we pitched the tent and set it up.

We had Chinese for dinner. Lots of other people were at the West Wyalong Show Gounds. They were going to the Polo-Cross Nationals. They had really big Goosneck horse floats. One of them was so big that they had to use a truck to tow it.

 

18-4-2012

TRAVELLING

We got up at 6:00am. We packed up our tent and got dressed. We fed the horses and Indy didn't eat much of hers because she was stressed. We had breakfast and then we packed the rest of the car up. We played with the horses for a bit and then we put on their tail bandages and float boots. We hit the road at 8:33am.

We stopped again to get petrol. We heard a really bad noise. It was one of the wheels doing something that it wasn't supposed to be doing. We drove to Dubbo and stopped at a few places. We had to leave the horses at the Showgrounds in Dubbo. We then dropped the float off at a place that would have a look at it and ring us to tell us about the damage. We have been driving around in Dubbo since then looking for a horse float to hire or a brand new one to buy.

We found a brand new float. It wasn't cheap but we thought this. If we chose to truck the horses up the rest of the way to QLD, that would be 3000 dollars that we could be spending on something else, like a new float. Mum talked to dad about the float and he said to buy it.

We had Subway for dinner. We pitched the tent and went to sleep after doing a bit of other work on the computer.

19-4-2012

TRAVELLING

Today we were up at 6:30am. We had breakfast and packed up the tent and its contents.We We fed the horses and took them for a walk. We met someone who is doing the same Natural Horsemanship course as us but is not going to the QLD camps. She lives in Dubbo. Then we rang the man who owned the float that we had looked at buying.

We went to MacDonnalds and had pancakes. We went to a registration place in Dubbo and got some registration papers for the horse float. We were going to buy it and we did. The people who owned the float did some stuff to our car and the float so that the car and the float were compatible.

We left the place with our new float on the back of our car. We went back to the showgrounds in Dubbo and packed up the horses gear. Then we put them on the float and left the showgrounds at Dubbo at 4:25pm.

We travelled for 10 minutes and then stopped to check that the horses were alright and that we could keep going safely. Mum then had to call the RACV to insure the horse float.

We travelled to Coonabarabran and filled up the fuel. Mum bought Twisties and some drinks. We had Twisties for dinner. Not a very healthy dinner but we couldn't be bothered going out to get some dinner.

When we got to Narrabri, we unloaded the horses and put them in stables. We gave them food and water and then set up our sleeping quarters in our new float. We shut all the doors of the float and sent my story writing competition to the judges. Then we went to sleep in the float.

20-4-2012

Travelling

We were up at 6:00am. We got dressed and packed up the float. We loaded the horses which took a fair while because they didn't want to go into the float. We hit the road at 7:51am.

We travelled until 10:35am and stopped for a short break at a road side reserve between Moree and Goondiwindi. We hit the road again at 10:45am.

We travelled again until 11:20 and had breakfast/lunch at McDonnalds in Goodiwindi. We left their at 12:49pm. We travelled until 1:51pm and stopped at The Gore Rest Area. At 1:59pm we hit the road again and travelled all the way through to where we were staying.

We unloaded the Quantum Savvy Campsite. We put the horses in some yards and gave them food and water.

21-4-2012

Level One Ground Work

Today I was up at 6:00am. I stayed in bed for a while and then got up and got dressed. We had breakfast at about 7:00am. Then mum and I brushed the horses and brought them out and gave them some fresh grass.

At 8:30am, we came inside and had a meeting together and talked about how we all came to like horses and how we found the Quantum Savvy Natural Horsemanship Program. After the chat we all went outside and worked our horses.

We did no-yield first. This is when the horse doesn't move away from us when we touch them. We did contact yields. This is when the horse moves away from steady pressure.

At 12:40pm we came in for lunch. After lunch at 2:00pm we went back outside and worked with our horses again. This time we did no-contact yields. This is when we use rythmic pressure to move our horses away from us. We also put their front or back feet in a hoola-hoop and got them to do a forequarter or a hindquarter yield.

At 5:00pm we came back inside and had dinner after putting the horses back in their yards. We fed them and gave them water after dinner.

22-4-2012

Level One Ground Work + Ridden Work

We were up at 6:00am. We went outside and did our usual jobs before the morning chat at 8:30am. I fed Indy and cleaned out her yard. I took her for a walk and let her eat some grass. I put her over some cavaleties. She really likes jumping.

At 8:30am, we all sat down at the table and had our meeting. After we had had our chat, we went outside and caught our ponies. We all practised what we had learnt yesterday. I worked on my hindquarter and forequarter yields mostly.

At 11:30am we stopped doing our Basic Skills and learnt our Three Purpose Plays. The purpose plays are, circling, sideways and a flight test(barrels, between you and the fence, onto the float, anything that makes your horse feel claustraphobic is a flight test). After we did all that we came inside for lunch.

At 2:00pm we were back out there. We did our saddleing procedures. We let our horses sniff the saddle blanket and the saddle before we put it on them. Then we did up the girth loosely and we did a short range circle. We did this a couple of times and every time we did one circle, we would tighten the girth. After we had finished tightening the girth, we put our horses over a barrel jump. After the jump we would disengage their hindquarters.

We rode the horses for 45mins after we had done our pre-flight checks. For the pre-flight checks we checked the rein positions. We checked our lateral flextion and we checked our one reinded back up. We only rode in one rein so that we didn't pull on the horse's heads.

We did some halt to walk to halt transitions by using our phases to ask the horse to go and whoa. We did that for the rest of the day so that we could do more riding the next day.

23-4-2012

Level One Ground Work + Ridden Work

We were up at 6:00am. Mum cleaned my horses yard and fed her for me. I got dressed and went outside after a little while. I got my horse out of her yard and brushed her. I put her back in her yard so that I could have breakfast. At 8:30am we had our meeting. Everyone brought a question.

At 10:00am we went outside and played with our horses and went over all the things that we had learnt so far. After we had done that we went down to the horse float that Shane and Meredith had put in one of their paddocks so that people can practice their float loading.

When we got back from float loading, we did some assignments. We only did the first two assignments which are the Skills Check and The Approach. We went in for lunch. At 2:00pm we went back outside and saddled up our ponies. We did our pre-flight checks and then got on.

We did ride the rail(RTR)and did indirect and direct reins to change our direction. After we did that we had a little break. After the break we did our first passenger lesson. A passenger lesson is where you don't stear your horse at all. The horse gets to go wherever they want to go. The only thing we do with them is correct them if they break gait. You go for three 10 minute sessions with a 3 minute break in between each set of 10 min. At 5:15pm we got off our ponies and put them in a yard.

24-4-2012

Level One Ground Work + Ridden Work

We were up at 6:00am. Mum cleaned out my horses yard and fed her for me. I got dressed and then had my breakfast. I got my horse out of her yard and took her for a walk. We had our usual chat at 8:30am and everyone brought a question.

At 10:00am we went outside a went over what we had been doing the last couple of days. I did some riding. We did that until 10:30am and then we went down to the horse float again. I did that with Indy and she was really good. When we do float loading, we put the horses between us and the float, then over the ramp. Next we get them to stand on the ramp and lastly we ask them into the float.

We had morning tea and then did some more assignments. We had lunch at 1:00pm and went outside again at 2:00pm. We did our riding. We did a passenger lesson again and we also did some more RTR with a few more transitions. We did our rein postitions and came inside for dinner at 5:00pm.

25-4-2012

Off Day

Today was our off day. Meredith told us that we needed to do 1hr of homework with our horses, spend time building rapport with our horses and do something away from the QS campsite because we can't get sick of Shane and Meredith before we finish the other camps.

I took Indy down to the big paddock after I had brushed her. My knowledge of her liking water was nothing and I knew that Shane and Meredith had a big damb. I took Indy down there and Tigger and mum came too.

I tried to put Indy through the water but horses don't have any depth perseption so walking through water is a pretty scary thing to a horse. She walked over the edge of the damb carefully and her feet got pretty muddy. I sent her the other way and got her to go out into the damb a bit more. She walked through pretty calmly and then mum put Tigger through the damb. He played with the water. He walked through both ways. I put Indy through again but this time she decided to play with the water. She rolled in the damb. She loved it.

When she got up she had clay all over one side. How relaxed can a horse get? I took her for a walk around the paddock and she was getting worried because Tigger wasn't in her range of vision. We walked around the other side of the paddock for a while because I didn't want to reward Indy for not looking to me as a leader and worrying about Tigger.

We put our ponies in Shane and Meredith's work space so that they could eat some grass and have some more space to play. We put the ponies back in their yards before we all went out for lunch. We went to The Coffee Club in Jimboomba for lunch and it was really nice.

When we came back I cleaned my saddle and my boots. We had dinner at 5:00pm and then I went to bed at 7:30pm because we had to be bright and early for the next day.

26-4-2012

Level One Ground Work + Ridden Work

We were up at 6:00am. I cleaned out my horses yard and fed her after I got dressed. We had our usual meeting at 8:30am. We went outside and got our ponies at 9:45am. We did our warm up and then went down to the big paddock. Indy and I played in one of the dams.

At one point Indy spooked at some kangaroos while we were still playing in the dam. Then I had to work through that with her so that she had the confidence to go back into the water happily.

We grouped together and had our chat and then we watched Abby and Storm do their float loading. Abby had done all the preparation with Storm so she decided to ask him into the float. He went in until his driveline and Abby finished at that point.

Rob and Lee did their float loading and that was interesting to watch. Lee went most of the way up the ramp and had her head and her neck in the float. Meredith told Rob that she would stop there so that next time Rob came back to it Lee would try more for him.

We watched Kerie and Deeva do their float loading next. Deeva went between Kerie and the ramp, then over the ramp. Kerie then tried to ask her onto the ramp and stand there. Deeva didn't listen to Kerie and continued to walk across the ramp. Eventually Deeva stopped with both front feet on the ramp and Kerie and Deeva called it quits at that point.

We went up and had morning tea. We did some assignments and then went inside for lunch. We went back outside at 2:00pm. We did our rein positions and then did our RTR.At 5:00pm we came in for soup.

27-4-2012

Level One Ground Work + Ridden Work

At 6:00am we were up and I cleaned out my horses stable and fed my pony. At 8:00am we had our chat and at 10:00am we went outside and worked with our horses. After we hade done our warm up we went down to the big paddock.

Indy and I went down to the water. We played in that for a while and then she got scared by some kangaroos. I worked her through that and that was a good experience for me. We grouped together by the float and Kerie and Deeva did their float loading.

Kerie and Deeva had a little bit of trouble with stand ing on the ramp but when Deeva was asked into the float, she went in very happily.

Rob and Lee did their float loading next and Rob was up to getting Lee into the float. They stopped when Lee went a little bit further into the horse float. You could tell that Lee was really trying for Rob.

We went up for morning tea and then did some more assignments. At 1:00pm we had lunch and at 2:00pm we went outside and played with our ponies again. We saddled them and then checked our rein positions. We did RTR and a passenger lesson. At 5:00pm we went inside and had soup.

28-4-2012

Level One Ground Work + Ridden Work

We were up at 6:00am and then did our usuall thing. At 8:30am we had our chat and at 10:00am we went out and played with our horses. We did our warm up and then went down to the big paddock.

We watched the float loading and it was Rob and Lee who did it. Lee almost went in the float but it was very wet. Meredith told Rob that she would stop at one point because if Lee got a scare Rob would have to work through all the same things again.

We had morning tea and then did some more assignments. At 1:00pm we had lunch and at 2:00pm we went back outside to play with our ponies. We did our sadddling procedure and then we did soem RTR.

We went out in to the big paddock and did a trail ride. At 5:00pm we went back inside and had soup.

29-4-2012

Level One Ground Work + Ridden Work

We were up at 6:00am. We did our usuall thing before our 8:30am meeting. This was our last day of our level one camp. At 10:00am we went outside and got our ponies. I saddled up my pony and then did some RTR and some transititions.

I went down to the big paddock with about 10min to go and I did some float loading. I got Indy to go between me and the float and then over the ramp. We didn't watch float loading today.

We had morning tea and then we did some assignments. Toaday everyone got a go at doing assignments. At 1:00pm we had lunch and then at 2:00pm we went back outside and played with our horses again.

We rode and we tied our two reins. We did RTR and used our two reins to do our backwards and our sideways in light contact. We went out into the big paddock and I opened a gate from my horses back for the first time. We did some sideways and some point to point work.

I did some jumps and going through water at the walk and trot. Indy walked through the water but when I trotted she jumped over the water. We did a circle as a group and did some walk to trot to walk transitions. We told Meredith what our biggest ta-dah was for the whole 9 days and then we got off and brushed our ponies and fed them before we went inside at 5:00pm for soup.

30-4-2012

Day Off

Today we had a day off. We did some shopping and that was about it. We were back before 5:00pm to have soup at 5:00pm and that was the start of the level two course.

 

Bye

Samara

Grace

Indy

samara

17-4-2012

TRAVELLING

This morning I was up at 6:20am. I had to look after my rabbit this morning and my eldest pony. I had breakfast and then got dressed. We got the rest of our gear together and then we had to make room for it amongst all the horsey gear!LOL! That was a bit of a battle. But we got there eventually.

Then we had to get Tigger and Indy. Indy walked like a weirdo with her floating boots on. We put on their tail wraps so that they didn't rub out their tails in the float. We left at 9:00am.

We travelled for 2hrs and 5 mins. We stopped at a road side stop at 11:05am. Which is between Nagambi and Shepparton. We gave the horses a drink and a 10min rest. We then hit the road again.

We travelled for 1hr and 54min. We stopped at Jerilderie at 1:15pm. Mum went and bought lunch and I stayed with the horses. We gave the horses a carrot each and some water to drink. They also got some apple.They got a 30min rest and then we hit the road again at 1:47pm.

We travelled for 1hr from when we hit the road again. We stopped to get fuel at Narrandera at 2:47pm and left there at 3:01pm. The horses got a 14min rest. The weather is getting hotter as we go further north.

We parked and got the horses off the float and then we got them settled down in their stables for the night. Then we pitched the tent and set it up.

We had Chinese for dinner. Lots of other people were at the West Wyalong Show Gounds. They were going to the Polo-Cross Nationals. They had really big Goosneck horse floats. One of them was so big that they had to use a truck to tow it.

 

18-4-2012

TRAVELLING

We got up at 6:00am. We packed up our tent and got dressed. We fed the horses and Indy didn't eat much of hers because she was stressed. We had breakfast and then we packed the rest of the car up. We played with the horses for a bit and then we put on their tail bandages and float boots. We hit the road at 8:33am.

We stopped again to get petrol. We heard a really bad noise. It was one of the wheels doing something that it wasn't supposed to be doing. We drove to Dubbo and stopped at a few places. We had to leave the horses at the Showgrounds in Dubbo. We then dropped the float off at a place that would have a look at it and ring us to tell us about the damage. We have been driving around in Dubbo since then looking for a horse float to hire or a brand new one to buy.

We found a brand new float. It wasn't cheap but we thought this. If we chose to truck the horses up the rest of the way to QLD, that would be 3000 dollars that we could be spending on something else, like a new float. Mum talked to dad about the float and he said to buy it.

We had Subway for dinner. We pitched the tent and went to sleep after doing a bit of other work on the computer.

19-4-2012

TRAVELLING

Today we were up at 6:30am. We had breakfast and packed up the tent and its contents.We We fed the horses and took them for a walk. We met someone who is doing the same Natural Horsemanship course as us but is not going to the QLD camps. She lives in Dubbo. Then we rang the man who owned the float that we had looked at buying.

We went to MacDonnalds and had pancakes. We went to a registration place in Dubbo and got some registration papers for the horse float. We were going to buy it and we did. The people who owned the float did some stuff to our car and the float so that the car and the float were compatible.

We left the place with our new float on the back of our car. We went back to the showgrounds in Dubbo and packed up the horses gear. Then we put them on the float and left the showgrounds at Dubbo at 4:25pm.

We travelled for 10 minutes and then stopped to check that the horses were alright and that we could keep going safely. Mum then had to call the RACV to insure the horse float.

We travelled to Coonabarabran and filled up the fuel. Mum bought Twisties and some drinks. We had Twisties for dinner. Not a very healthy dinner but we couldn't be bothered going out to get some dinner.

When we got to Narrabri, we unloaded the horses and put them in stables. We gave them food and water and then set up our sleeping quarters in our new float. We shut all the doors of the float and sent my story writing competition to the judges. Then we went to sleep in the float.

20-4-2012

Travelling

We were up at 6:00am. We got dressed and packed up the float. We loaded the horses which took a fair while because they didn't want to go into the float. We hit the road at 7:51am.

We travelled until 10:35am and stopped for a short break at a road side reserve between Moree and Goondiwindi. We hit the road again at 10:45am.

We travelled again until 11:20 and had breakfast/lunch at McDonnalds in Goodiwindi. We left their at 12:49pm. We travelled until 1:51pm and stopped at The Gore Rest Area. At 1:59pm we hit the road again and travelled all the way through to where we were staying.

We unloaded the Quantum Savvy Campsite. We put the horses in some yards and gave them food and water.

21-4-2012

Level One Ground Work

Today I was up at 6:00am. I stayed in bed for a while and then got up and got dressed. We had breakfast at about 7:00am. Then mum and I brushed the horses and brought them out and gave them some fresh grass.

At 8:30am, we came inside and had a meeting together and talked about how we all came to like horses and how we found the Quantum Savvy Natural Horsemanship Program. After the chat we all went outside and worked our horses.

We did no-yield first. This is when the horse doesn't move away from us when we touch them. We did contact yields. This is when the horse moves away from steady pressure.

At 12:40pm we came in for lunch. After lunch at 2:00pm we went back outside and worked with our horses again. This time we did no-contact yields. This is when we use rythmic pressure to move our horses away from us. We also put their front or back feet in a hoola-hoop and got them to do a forequarter or a hindquarter yield.

At 5:00pm we came back inside and had dinner after putting the horses back in their yards. We fed them and gave them water after dinner.

22-4-2012

Level One Ground Work + Ridden Work

We were up at 6:00am. We went outside and did our usual jobs before the morning chat at 8:30am. I fed Indy and cleaned out her yard. I took her for a walk and let her eat some grass. I put her over some cavaleties. She really likes jumping.

At 8:30am, we all sat down at the table and had our meeting. After we had had our chat, we went outside and caught our ponies. We all practised what we had learnt yesterday. I worked on my hindquarter and forequarter yields mostly.

At 11:30am we stopped doing our Basic Skills and learnt our Three Purpose Plays. The purpose plays are, circling, sideways and a flight test(barrels, between you and the fence, onto the float, anything that makes your horse feel claustraphobic is a flight test). After we did all that we came inside for lunch.

At 2:00pm we were back out there. We did our saddleing procedures. We let our horses sniff the saddle blanket and the saddle before we put it on them. Then we did up the girth loosely and we did a short range circle. We did this a couple of times and every time we did one circle, we would tighten the girth. After we had finished tightening the girth, we put our horses over a barrel jump. After the jump we would disengage their hindquarters.

We rode the horses for 45mins after we had done our pre-flight checks. For the pre-flight checks we checked the rein positions. We checked our lateral flextion and we checked our one reinded back up. We only rode in one rein so that we didn't pull on the horse's heads.

We did some halt to walk to halt transitions by using our phases to ask the horse to go and whoa. We did that for the rest of the day so that we could do more riding the next day.

23-4-2012

Level One Ground Work + Riden Work

We were up at 6:00am. Mum cleaned my horses yard and fed her for me. I got dressed and went outside after a little while. I got my horse out of her yard and brushed her. I put her back in her yard so that I could have breakfast. At 8:30am we had our meeting. Everyone brought a question.

At 10:00am we went outside and played with our horses and went over all the things that we had learnt so far. After we had done that we went down to the horse float that Shane and Meredith had put in one of their paddocks so that people can practice their float loading.

When we got back from float loading, we did some assignments. We only did the first two assignments which are the Skills Check and The Approach. We went in for lunch. At 2:00pm we went back outside and saddled up our ponies. We did our pre-flight checks and then got on.

We did ride the rail(RTR)and did indirect and direct reins to change our direction. After we did that we had a little break. After the break we did our first passenger lesson. A passenger lesson is where you don't stear your horse at all. The horse gets to go wherever they want to go. The only thing we do with them is correct them if they break gait. You go for three 10 minute sessions with a 3 minute break in between each set of 10 min. At 5:15pm we got off our ponies and put them in a yard.

24-4-2012

Level One Ground Work + Riden Work

We were up at 6:00am. Mum cleaned out my horses yard and fed her for me. I got dressed and then had my breakfast. I got my horse out of her yard and took her for a walk. We had our usual chat at 8:30am and everyone brought a question.

At 10:00am we went outside a went over what we had been doing the last couple of days. I did some riding. We did that until 10:30am and then we went down to the horse float again. I did that with Indy and she was really good. When we do float loading, we put the horses between us and the float, then over the ramp. Next we get them to stand on the ramp and lastly we put them into the float.

We had morning tea and then did some more assignments. We had lunch at 1:00pm and went outside again at 2:00pm. We did our riding. We did a passenger lesson again and we also did some more RTR with a few more transitions. We did our rein postitions and came inside for dinner at 5:00pm.

25-4-2012

Off Day

Today was our off day. Meredith told us that we needed to do 1hr of homework with our horses, spend time building rapport with our horses and do something away from the QS campsite because we can't get sick of Shane and Meredith before we finish the other camps.

I took Indy down to the big paddock after I had brushed her. My knowledge of her liking water was nothing and I knew that Shane and Meredith had a big damb. I took Indy down there and Tigger and mum came too.

I tried to put Indy through the water but horses don't have any depth perseption so walking through water is a pretty scary thing to a horse. She walked over the edge of the damb carefully and her feet got pretty muddy. I sent her the other way and got her to go out into the damb a bit more. She walked through pretty calmly and then mum put Tigger through the damb. He played with the water. He walked through both ways. I put Indy through again but this time she decided to play with the water. She rolled in the damb. She loved it.

When she got up she had clay all over one side. How relaxed can a horse get? I took her for a walk around the paddock and she was getting worried because Tigger wasn't in her range of vision. We walked around the other side of the paddock for a while because I didn't want to reward Indy for not looking to me as a leader and worrying about Tigger.

We put our ponies in Shane and Meredith's work space so that they could eat some grass and have some more space to play. We put the ponies back in their yards before we all went out for lunch. We went to The Coffee Club in Jimboomba for lunch and it was really nice.

When we came back I cleaned my saddle and my boots. We had dinner at 5:00pm and then I went to bed at 7:30pm because we had to be bright and early for the next day.

samara

First And Last

Hi everyone,

On Sunday the 8th of January, mum, Grace, Indy and me went to pony club (PC) for the Dressage Day.

 

DAY BEFORE

The day before the day we(my family) got up early, because we'd been at a friends house in Lara. We drove home had breakfast and then went to PC to do a working bee for the next day. We put up bunting(eek. How will Indy go with that?) Whipper-snippers and lawn mowers were going all over the place. We set up the Dressage arena(there was already one but we needed two).

 

AFTER THE WORKING BEE

When we got home we had lunch. I went outside and gave the girls(ponies) a touch up so that they were beautiful. Indy was easy because she doesn't mind water. Grace on the other hand hates water anywhere near her head that she can't get away from. I had to wash her head because she was dirty. I made a temporary yard in our rose garden because there was almost no dirt in there. I fenced the majority of it off.

 

 

GEAR

After the washing episode I helped mum tidy up the mess that washing the girls had left behind. I had to grab boxes of brushes, Shampoo and other washing gear, helmets, ropes, halters, crops, boots and heaps of other stuff. Then I sprinted inside and cleaned Indy's gear and Grace's gear too. I had dinner part way through my next cleaning episode. Then I went back to my cleaning room all alone by myself.sad.png I finished cleaning my gear at about 8:00pm. I re-assembled my bridles and buffed them up and put them in bags and put them by the front door. Got ready for bed (8:30pm). And set my alarm to 5:15am( didn't know that mum had to be there helping at 6:30am.oops.gif ) Late to bed early get up. Now you may be thinking that I went straight to sleep but I couldn't sleep. I was excited and nervous at the same time. Butterflies in my stomach and wide awake thinking about how Indy would cope with all the noise and hussle and bussle. I eventually fell asleep at about 9:00pm.

 

THE DAY

Part 1

The Morning

Alarm went off at 5:15am and it took me a minute to figure out what it was because it was the sound of an old telephone. Then got up silently and got into my shirt, tie, cream joddies and my BLACK jumper (happen to have two white horses don't I.devil2.gif But I put on my dublin jacket and a pair of tracksuit pants.clapping.gif ) I came downstairs and got my breakfast ready ate it, did my teeth and hair. I took a load of my gear out to the car then came back for another load and mum had the two bridles, a saddle and lots of other stuff. I came back and grabbed the other saddle and Grace's cute halter.

 

I put Grace's halter on and grabbed her float boots( we put them on because it was the first time Indy was being floated with somebody else in the float). I put Grace onto the float and did up the chain. I caught Indy put her boots on and circled her onto the float. She went straight up and stayed there for me. We shut the door and drove off. It wasn't the best morning because it was raining and clouded over.

 

THE DAY

Part 2

No Turning Back

We got to PC and got the girls (ponies) off the float. We put them in yards and mum went up to the Club House to set up an office. I had to give Grace and Indy food and water. Then my friend Maddy arrived and she had a 16.3hh thouroughbred called Danny(for short). He was a beautiful bay boy. Then my other friend Eliza came but her float was broken so her horse came with another one of my friends Laura. She had a horse called Harley who is a Clydesdale x Arab. He is also bay. Eliza's horse is called Holly and she is a chestnut mare. My buddy (we do buddies at PC) Millie came with her horse Ned and he is a 16hh Warmblood. There was another one of my friends Fran, and she bought 2 ponies one called Bear and she was doing Grade 1 on him. And another horse called Rebel and he was an x racehorse. Rebel is a chestnut and Bear is a bay. We all got a yard except for Maddy. Everyone in our group of yards was a Trentham Pony Club Member.

 

When we (Maddy and I) had finished looking after the horses we went up and watched the grade 2 dressage tests. They looked really difficult. Apparently they had to remember 20 different transitions.eek.gif

 

The Day

Part 3

Nerves Kick In

I started to brush Indy and Grace. Mum came down to the yards and braided their manes and tails. I tacked Indy up and rode off up to gear check. I rode down to the warm up arena and then Indy got a bit irritable with me she stopped and stood still and when I asked her to walk on she started to backup! When we walked towards Grace( mum had brought Grace with us so that Indy wouldn't be to upset.) she was fine but the moment we turned away from Grace, Indy would do the same thing again. confused1.gif NO FAIR!!! Dad took Grace back down to her yard and then she would move forward.

 

The Day

Part 4

Indy's Tests

Indy was still having trouble moving forward. I was thinking I'm not going to do these tests with Indy. Kathryn, our PC's DC came over to the warm up arena and helped me do some walk and trot 20m circles. I was number 48 I think on Indy. I walked up to the judge and told the judge that I may not canter in the test. I was going to do 5B and 5C. We walked into the arena and tried to do circles. Indy wouldn't move so Kathryn came over and walked along beside me. We walked up to the start of the arena and then Kathryn said, "I can't go in to the arena with you." I was meant to enter in rising trot but who cares getting a trot if all you want to do is enter the arena and do the test? I just wanted to do the test on Grace at this point but Kathryn said, "You've spoken to the judge and you are going to do this dressage test." So we got into the arena and once we were in the arena, Indy acted... perfectly? huh.png How could she go from being a total PAIN, to being a total ANGEL? It was as though she knew what she was doing. She was very responsive throughout the test and mum thinks that she wanted to canter in the bits that she was meant to but she felt like she threw in a buck? I don't know but at least I got some good marks for my test. I will see if I can copy the results and post them in a BLOG labeled Dressage Tests.I will also try to get some photo's in the same BLOG Dressage Tests.

We walked through the exit of the arena and I still couldn't find anything to be really happy about. I was down in the dumps. Mum said, "How many times have you ridden her here?"

I said, "Once. It would've been twice but she wouldn't stand still for me to get on."

Mum said, "Exactly, you did a very good job and remember, the Dressage Day was never about getting marks or points it was seeing where there was room for improvement." I think that I gave her a weak, pathetic little smile. So I went and got back into the warm up ring just getting her to do some 20m circles at the walk and trot.

 

I went and greeted the judge and Kathryn told her that I probably wouldn't canter because this was my first competition on Indy. I entered the bit of the arena where we get a trot happening and enter. I wasn't fussed about the trot. The bell rang that told me to enter and Indy walked towards the entrance. We got to the bit of the arena where Kathryn couldn't enter with me. Indy wasn't moving forward, backwards or sideways. Kathryn was right beside me so I couldn't do an Indirect Rein to unlock her hind. The bell rang again and the judge said, "Lead her in!" So Kathryn walked in with me and Indy followed. I tried to get her to trot but she wouldn't and Kathryn said, "If she won't go it doesn't matter as long as you can get in the arena you're OK." I was doing test 5C at this point in time.

 

We got in Kathryn left the arena and the test began. I halted, saluted and walked to C and turned right at M we got the most beautiful trot ever. When the time came around for the canter, we got..............................DRUM ROLL...................................................TWO STRIDES BECAUSE MY FOOT CAME OUT OF THE STIRRUP!!!!!!!mad.gif I asked Indy to trot and she did because she knew something was up and happily slowed down for me. What a good girl she was. She stopped for me and was looking after me. I wasn't happy because of the stirrup but I DIDN'T take it out on Indy. We trotted the rest of the canter bit and then changed rein. We did the trot circle and then...........Drum Roll......OMG................WE..... CANTERED THE WHOLE OF THE CANTER BIT!!!!!! Woo Hoo! We turned up centre line and then saluted and exited the arena. I was still being a bit negative and mum said, "Why did you stop her cantering the first time?"

"Because my foot came out of the stupid stirrup."(I had not been working on bareback with Indy yet)excl.png I went down to the yards and hopped off Indy I gave her a cuddle and brushed her.

 

The Day

Part 5

Grace's Tests

Grace was standing outside Indy's yard and I started to brush her and mum came down and said, "You go and get something to eat and I'll tack her up." I did and came back to find Grace almost ready but then I looked at the position of the saddle and it looked way to far back to me. So we took the saddle off and put it back on. I walked her up to gear check and did the girth up as I went. I got gear checked and then got on. I asked grace to walk on, and she bucked. Only a little buck compared to Indy but a big buck for Grace. I told her to walk on and she did but she just wanted to go back to Indy. Mum said, "Don't wear her out. Warm her up and just do some transitions and then leave her alone and just walk." We were very rushed up to this point in time as mum thought I wouldn't have any time to tack her up and warm her up before my test.

 

It turned out that when I got up there that there were five more people were waiting to do their test. I did walk circles and went large around the warm up area, then did some trotting. I did two half circles of trot and then did a canter both ways. I went back to trot and practised stopping from the trot because in the test we have to do that and then salute. My number was number 60 for Grace. I went up to the judge and rode into the arena. The judge tooted the car horn and I went into the arena in rising trot. Grace knew all of the test off by heart and I hadn't even done them with her. She stumbled once in the test but picked up her feet again. We got the most beautiful canters ever and we didn't fall over. YAY!

 

Then I got off Grace and let her back rest. She was falling asleep in the sun but she was happy. When number 58 went into the arena for the test 5C I got back on Grace and warmed her up again. We went up to the judge and entered the arena. The first canter we did was not very long but the second canter felt a bit more lively so we got from C to K that's about 40m! That's the biggest canter we've done since.........I don't know!

 

I rode Grace down to the yards and took her tack off. I put her in the yard that Millie and Ned had had. I put a cotton on Indy and Grace. I was packing up my gear when Alice came down and told me that presentations would be starting in 10 mins. I hurried up packing up and then gave Grace some feed. I ran up to the presentations.

 

The Day

Part 6

Presentations

 

When I got up to the presentations, they were just starting. For the Open riders there was first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth. Indy and I were in the Open section. For the first test(5B) there was a first, equal second, third, fourth and a fifth. I got fifth in 5B. For test 5C Open there was first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth. In 5C I got fifth. So I got 2 fifth's on Indy. Now for Grace.

 

These tests that I did with Grace were PC competitors. In the 5B test there were 5 or 6 riders. For 5B I got 3rd. That was OK but I sorta wanted better than that for Grace's last competition. sad.png In the 5C test there were 5or 6 riders. For 5C I got ..................................Can anyone guess?..........................................1ST Place. Blue ribbon. Woo Hoo!

 

 

 

 

!!!!!!THANK YOU QUANTUM SAVVY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Quantum Savvy has really helped me and Grace find the best possible relationship without working overly hard for it. I'm sure Grace will seriously reconsider life now that she has done most of the Level 1 stuff. We only have two assignments to go! If only she was younger I could do so much. I have to move on to Indy and leave Grace at the finish flags of Level 1.

 

Any horse lover and horse would really appreciate what the Quantum Savvy program did to them. It gives you and your horse a relationship that can be built on and on and then you have the moving forward of the Levels. The Levels would be extremely hard if it weren't for Shane and Meredith and their way of making the program like building blocks. Me and Indy have already passed two assignments and we only started in November of 2011. Me and Grace have been doing it since 2010 and still haven't finished Level 1 but I guess considering how old she is and how supple she has become it was worth going through. Indy and me have built a connection that I don't think will ever be broken.

 

 

 

!!!!!!!!!A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO!!!!!!!!

 

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Shane and Meredith!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

!!!!!!!!!!!Everyone else for all of your support!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Bye

Samara

Grace and Indy

samara

Indy's First Outing

Hi everyone

A few days(weeks) ago, mum,dad, Matt and me went to a friends house to get a load of hay because they had a bit to much hay. Mum said,"Do you want to take Indy or Grace?"

I said, "I don't know who to take."

Mum said, "Taking Indy would be a good idea because you will expose her to a new environment." I ended taking Indy to our friends place.

 

We got her off the float and then I did some no yeild with her. The string hit the fence a couple of times and that gave Indy a little bit of a fright but she didn't run away from me which was good. I also did lots of rubbing and resting. That was OK but at least she didn't gallop off like a maniac.:) Then I filmed my short range yeilds assignment with her. That went pretty well and she went sideways and did circles pretty good. We weren't quite up to jumping the barrels so we just went between them.

 

We (my friend and me) also tried on a spare one of their bits. The one Indy had come with she didn't really like. Mum and dad and Matt got back with an empty float and we put Indy on said goodbye and then took my friend with us too.

 

Mum asked me in the car,"Would you have ridden her?"(We had the saddle but that was in the car which wasn't there).

I said,"Yes, I probably would've."

Mum said,"I'm glad you feel that way with Indy."

 

Bye

Samara

Grace and Indy

samara

Indy's Second Adventure

Hi everyone,

Yesturday me and mum took indy to Pony Club before me,Indy,Grace and mum go to the PC(Pony Club) Dressage day. I grabbed all of the stuff that we needed and mum hooked up the float. I grabbed Indy and put her on the float.

 

Putting Indy Onto The Float

 

We circled her and she walked up the ramp and sniffed. Her back feet were still off the ramp. She stopped trying and I asked her to move forward. She did and put her back feet on the ramp. Section 1-3 were in the float. She was sniffing but stopped trying asked her to move up and she went into the float(all except one back foot)sad.png I asked her to move up and she did.

 

I rubbed her and then she decides, "I've been a good girl, I can come out now." So I let her come out then circled her at the trot and put her straight back on the float. She went straight back on but then stepped backwards so I did the same thing again and this time she stood there for 5 seconds then started to back out (she hasn't ever rushed out of the float. Just not happy about getting in there. Mum says that it is habit). Then rather then letting her come out I asked her to go back into the float while she was backing out of the float.

 

She went back up. I rubbed her with the stick. She stood there and then mum started to shut the door and Indy backed out and I asked her up again she did. Mum had taken away the door. She stood there and mum went to shut the door same thing happened. Then mum said, "We forgot to open the side door." We did that. Then I asked Indy to back off the float. I asked her on and she went all the way on. No ifs, buts or maybys. Mum rattled the chain, instead of trying the door. Indy started to back out then I asked her to come back into the float. We did this a few times and then we got the chain across.

 

She backed out but I told her,"That's NQR(Not Quiet Right)." Did this a few times then got the doors shut(we spent a

about 30 mins doing the floating. We didn't force her to do anything)smile.png

 

At Pony Club

 

I did some circles and then tacked her up. Put her over a cross country jump 2 each way. Put the bridle on( I was

going to do my dressage tests for the dressage day)smile.png Walked my dressage tests through on the ground with her. I did all of the checks like rein positions. Jumped up and down beside her both sides. Asked for a little flex grabbed some mane and put my foot in the stirrrup and she picked up her back foot and stomped. I ignored it and she did it again. Mum asid if she does that again put the QS rope around her neck and circle her. She did it so I did what mum had said to do.

 

She carried on a bit when I asked for the trot. Got ready to get back on and she moved away from me. Stepped down and circled her. Did the same thing several times. Then she started to bite me:( Moved her around in circles. Then tried to get on again. She bit me then moved off. Circled her and then tried again. By this point in time I'm sore and getting a little irritable. I did this for probably 45 mins.

 

I eventually got my foot into the stirrup and she didn't flinch. I didn't end up riding but I learnt a lot. I untacked her.

 

Getting Home

We went to get back on the float and go home. It was basically the same problem that we'd had at home except with a few more complications.

 

We got her to go straight onto the float. Wouldn't stand there and she came off the float. I circled her but then she locked up her feet and wouldn't move. Not one muscle would flich. No matter how I asked. took me about 5 mins to get her moving again. Put her back into the float Started to back out. I asked her to move forward again but she just went backwards faster.

 

Some people came up to the float which didn't help with situation. Indy swung her bum round at one of the people and kicked out!! Didn't contact with the woman. You'd think that they would be a bit more careful but NO! If a horse you don't know is having trouble with something and is clearly not happy about it you would think about what you would do.

 

They left after probably 10 mins. They were kind of in the way I was asking Indy to move and accidently hit the man with my stick. Mum got her on finally after a lot of tapping and I shut the back door. We went home.

 

 

I CAN SEE A LOT OF ROOM FOR IMPROVMENT IF I WANT TO GET TO DO THE DRESSAGE DAY AT PONY CLUB!!!!!!!

 

Bye

Samara

Grace

Indy

samara

Grace Is Going Well

Hi everyone

Grace has been going really good and is actually going to do two dressage tests on the 8th of Janurary. She has lost a little bit of muscle through her back because I've been working on Indy lots.

 

I've only got two assignments to go and they are contact riding and the imagination. I'm happy and hoping to finish level one with her by the end of February. I'm glad Grace is still going and is still fit and healthly.

 

I'm not able to do as much with her as I used to be able to do with her. It's only her age that affects what I can do with her.

 

When I first started she was so stiff in her joints and sore through her back that rather than doing circles we were doing squares. She was also really dull and wouldn't respond to anything. Now I could do just about anything now but it's all because of her age. She's 30 yo and still going to Pony Club!

 

I love her and wish she was younger but life rolls on and you can't stop that happening.

 

Bye

Samara

Indy

Grace

samara

Indy At Home

Hi everyone,

I got a new pony on trial and her name is Indy. We got her home just after our November clinic (I think it was a week later or something like that)! Well a day after she'd been home, I went out and rode her(I'd only ridden her once before)! We got some walk happening(she learnt how to flex and do all of the basics of riding really quickly)!

 

I started asking for trots and because I'd been used to Grace(who's phases were a bit heavier) I of coarse used almost the same phases with her as I did( and still do) with Grace. She was ok with it for a little while but then got really quite sick of it ( you learn by your mistakes and this was one of them)!

 

I'd rewarded a good trot and then, Indy decideds to become a bucking bronco! I didn't fall off but mum thinks ( she was watching me ride) that she thinks Indy was getting her back feet 30-40cm off the ground. She would do multiple bucks too. I cried but didn't get off because had I gotten off Indy would have known, "All I have to do to get the girl off is to buck a few times."

 

By now she had become dull and unresponsive.

I had to go back to the beginning and reward the slightest try(I'd already been doing this bug I'd gotten past that point with her. Eventually we got a few strides of trot( like 1-2) but I bent her to stop and got off. Surprisingly she didn't buck the last time I asked her to trot! ;-) I untracked her and gave her some TLC.

 

I went inside and had dinner .

 

It was fun but I learnt a lesson. Don't ask to much at one time and learn to adjust your phases according to each horse.

 

I have ridden her since with a lot more success.

 

Bye

Samara

Grace

Indy

Sign in to follow this  
×