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Gulliver's Journey

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Have a change in goals

Due to some personal health reasons I have found moving forward with Gulliver really challenging.  There are also many current stresses in my life which is putting a huge block on my progress.  For the health of me and my family my new goals are as follows.  I will be continuing with Gulliver very slowly with some of the ridden in level two and ground work HIM and Level 3 as much as my physical health lets me.  I am also taking over Murphy as Maya will be pulling out of QS for a while for health

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Slow going but still keen

Gulliver is being awesome.  I had a lesson with Meredith and have been practicing all the aspects that have come from that lesson.  I had a lot of pennies drop.  My slow progress has of course been time.  The thing I do love is that no matter how long in between Gulliver is always willing and has never forgotten anything.  I am still loving my saddle and have been doing a little trail riding, more for mental health as well as getting some klms for Maya's horse as a neighbor is helping me get her

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Canter Canter here we come

I have been starting to get back into riding and we went back and had a go at some level 1 programs that I thinks needed revisiting again.  From here I have had progress in my direct reins and have been getting comfortable in the saddle and moving so much more in trying to communicate with him better.  Yesterday I found myself thinking that we were ready to try the canter again.  All my ducks were lined up and away we went.  He was really trying and one way we got some nice transitions and even

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QS Saddle has arrived.

I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of my saddle as without one I have stalled a bit.  I have had it about 2 weeks and today I got to take it to our playday at Cooroy.  Poor Gully is a bit lacking in the muscle tone department and was feeling just a little bit fresh so we got to see the arena a bit faster than usual.  By the end we managed to get some good direct reins and change of direction.  I am slipping and sliding around in the saddle so much playing with all the movement I now have a

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2018 part 1

Unfortunately not much to report.  One exciting aspect is that I have ordered Gulliver a QS saddle on the 2nd January.  In the mean time we have just been practicing on the ground.  I know my saddle should be here soon I am hoping before the end of July.  He just seemed to grow out of his other saddle so I have hardly ridden in the past 6 months.  Look out next 6 months because I am having severe withdrawls.  Poor Gully has also lost all his herd in the past couple of weeks.  The only two horses

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Summer Lessons 2017

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

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Historic Moment

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

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Passenger Lessons

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

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Level 1 Achieved 9.12.16

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

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A step closer

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

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Declaration

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.

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Getting Nowhere

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.

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Special moments coming

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

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Qld Tour

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

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jane_gully

 

summer lessons

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.

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Getting Support

Gully is going to Bell in a few weeks to be taken through the colt start. I am hoping that both his and my confidence will be much improved then we can continue our journey. Carola will be taking him through the courses and I hope they have a great time. I will miss him while he is away.

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Confidence coming back

I bought Gulliver to take over from my beautiful Waler horse Darcy. I bought Darcy for my 21st birthday 21 years ago, he was my first horse. He was about 3 then and he was broken in for me. People told me he would kill me and here we are 21 years later and he is now looking after my daughter Maya. I have had a few years taken up with life and children and I have lost the confidence I once had. Yesterday a neighbor came over with their horse and Maya was not home. I had been procrastinating

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Disappointment to new hope

Well getting to the practice day on the weekend was met with another car failure and having to return home. I was really gutted as I haven't had any contact or support for such a long time. Thankfully I have a supportive husband and he told me to go to the up coming clinic in july with Mel, which we really can't afford but happiness is worth more than money. I am thankful that the light has been turned back on at the end of the tunnel.  

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Feeling enthusiastic

We have had some set backs like my back having two protruding discs and some sciatic nerve damage then Gulliver cutting his hind leg to the bone and the 4wd dying and having to buy as new one and then set it up for towing. Somewhere in all this we have managed to pass the level one floating assignment and hope to have the saddling assignment uploaded tomorrow. I can't wait to go to Maryborough with Gully tomorrow to have the support of the practice group. Fingers crossed that the weather is g

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Progress

Well here I am four months in and I must admit I have been a bit lazy in the last week. Although I have completed many of my around the house jobs I have not done much with Gulliver. I blame the heat but in truth I could just get up earlier. Tomorrow I am planning to just take him out for a ride. It will be about his 4th ride out of a paddock. I have been doing a lot of a practice with loading and saddling and passenger lessons. Not ready to upload any more until I get feedback on my last

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A Special Calm

A Special kind of Calm takes place each night as I leave the house through the back gate and walk into the darkness. I can't see where I am going I navigate by the shadows of the trees I see the tall dark post and slip through the fence I always say something like "Evening family" or "Hey Babies" I hear a shuffle or sometimes a groan I know they hear me and were possibly lying down. I go to the first gate where I know my special kind of calm is waiting my only clue is a faint white sn

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