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    Crystal Creek, Northern Rivers, NSW
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    My horses, my family and friends. Bringing universal change to our relationship with horses.

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  1. VickiK

    Congratulations Donna & Betty!

    WOOHOO!! Congratulations Donna and Betty! It is a wonderful achievement
  2. That is wonderful to hear Helen. Your work with Tetley is really paying off and its only the beginning. Really looking forward to you and Tetley joining us at a practise day and a stroll on the beach. I have no doubt that you will get there given your commitment to your homework.
  3. VickiK

    New payment option for members.

    Thanks Shane.
  4. Quantum Savvy Members Only Practice Day Crystal Creek NSW Calling all members far and wide. Pack your homework cards and join the Crystal Creek group for a day of practising homework, filming assignments and participating in a fun activity at the end of the day. When: Sunday 8th April 9am - 4pm Where: 301 Upper Crystal Creek Rd, Crystal Creek BYO lunch. Coffee & tea provided. For further information contact Vicki on ph:0407294860
  5. We had an lovely day with our horses at Fingal beach yesterday. The calmness & maturity of our older QS horses were a great support to Eli & Nevada who are at the beginning of their QS journey. Having developed our connection & leadership with our horses also gave them confidence. We had to walk along a footpath & cross a road. It was Nevada’s first time at the beach & the surf was pounding. Nevertheless, using offer & release & the calmness of the other horses, Nevada quickly gained confidence & happily walked out into the surf even with waves crashing into his side. We encountered families, dogs, planes & more and yet our guys walked on relaxed. When people ask why I do the QS program, this is why!
  6. VickiK

    The World's Biggest Play Day

    We had so much fun today for our WBPD. There will be more to come, but here is just a sample,
  7. VickiK

    Refining my contact

    Great question Jen, and I am looking forward to responses. I am working on this one too. I have to change my muscle memory and ride lightly and maintain lightness in my reins. Whilst my reins need to be short enough to have contact I keep the same feel and ask Dusty to soften laterally if she is heavy on one or both of the reins. My thoughts are that Clancy will give you soft feel and lift through his back without any tension and with a loop in the reins and wow doesn't it look lovely when you see it! I know Meredith has said and has demonstrated a horse in collection bb and bridle less. I think it would be a progression as Clancy build his emotional and physical fitness. Congratulations on your progress.
  8. VickiK

    Tying a horse up

    Thanks Shane. Most helpful.
  9. VickiK

    Was it a try or not?? 20/03/2018

    Hi Luna, sounds like you are on the right track and Darcy is giving you some good tries. I think Jen's suggestion is a good one, keep rewarding the tries and maybe hold the flex until you see him lower his head even a little and then release. Sounds like your timing is good. One tip is that whilst you keep asking, the ask doesn't need to get bigger or louder, just keep your ask the same and time the release when Darcy gives you a try. I would be looking for a little progress with each session. Its not unusual that some horses can brace up emotionally and physically when we ask them to go faster. I think you are one the right track and if you ask him to laterally soften before he transitions up to trot and eventually canter, Darcy will start to travel with a lower head carriage. Sounds like with your help he is learning to carry himself in a more balanced way
  10. VickiK

    The World's Biggest Play Day

    World's Biggest Play Day Crystal Creek & Tweed Coast Practise Groups It's happening this Saturday! Crystal Creek and Tweed Coast are joining together for the 2018 Quantum Games Start warming up, get your horse ready! We have exciting events coming up! Polocrosse, Relay Races, Tennis, Soft ball, Jumping and Track & Field Sausage sizzle lunch provided to refuel the athletes. It will be a fun day! Time: 8:30 -4pm Please bring a plate of morning tea or afternoon tea to share and a chair to kick back in $10
  11. Way to go Helen. There is so much information and support to help you and your horse. I look forward to getting together with you at a practise day...and yes that means your boy will be floating before too long.
  12. Welcome Jasmine & Helen. I am sure you are both going to love the changes in your horses and your selves.
  13. VickiK

    Big welcome to Bee and Gary to QS

    Welcome Bee & Gary. You are in for an exciting horsemanship journey.
  14. VickiK

    Harmony in Motion camp Crystal Creek ta-dahs

    Georgia, your post sums up beautifully the changes in both you and Pearl throughout the HIM camp. I can't tell you how delightful it was to see you both in action. Gave me goosebumps when Pearl gave you a right lead canter off an offer. It was no less a delight to see the positive changes in Miss Chief & Lorraine and Allan & Zena. It was a truly inspirational camp. Like you I am still downloading everything we learnt from the camp and I am continuing to rediscover the things we learnt each time I get out and practise with my horse. My thoughts about HIM is that in its essence it is simple and so elegant. Don't get me wrong, whilst it is simple it is not always easy!! It requires skill which only practise will give me. Each of us made discoveries about our horses, ourselves and our relationship with our horses. For me, it highlighted how my indecisiveness and not being clear about my personal space was really effecting my relationship with Dusty and how she carries herself. Dusty knows my gaps and reasonably exploits them because I let her. I learnt that Dusty does not appreciate me not being clear and tells me in no certain terms by travelling around with her ears back and with brace in her. The amazing thing I learnt from this camp is that if I am clearer, protect my personal space, am generally more decisive and give release, Dusty travels beautifully and is so much happier I know without a doubt that HIM is an integral component of everything we do with our horses. I am determined to work through all the HIM assignments, because I know it will make me a better horseman and it is imperative I do this for Dusty if she is going to have a long and healthy life because she is using self carriage. I also want to give my young QH Nevada the best gift I can by encouraging him to have good self carriage . Finally, I want to thank Meredith for all her wisdom, skill, patience and humour. I am totally in awe of you.
  15. VickiK

    Another Red String!

    An exciting achievement Tania. Congratulations to you and Leo