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  1. Feeding in field

    Hi Jillian thanks for this, much appreciated. Yes, perhaps identifying everyone's spot will work, I have been feeding the horses quite close to each other. The ponies aren't too bad actually as they haven't been handled too much and are easy to move off. To be fair it is really my big horse Mani who is very food motivated and eats his meagre offering much more quickly than the old horse who gets much more. Will keep them further apart this evening. I guess I am most concerned about the rapport/leadership balance. Like you, interested to hear what others say. Best Christine
  2. Feeding in field

    Hello - what a most excellent Building Rapport clinic with Meredith here in Scotland last week, what a privileged. Lots of answers and lots of questions. Looking for some insight on feeding horses in the field. Situation is two ponies and two horses. Ponies don't get fed both horses do. Mani gets a small feed the older horse gets large feed. I take the feed into the field away from gate and ensure the Mani is quiet before offering food he quickly eats and then I spend the next 10 mins keeping him away while old Maxi get to eat his dinner. My query is around building and loosing rapport with Mani versus leadership. While i may be getting leadership points by asking/directing him to move away from Maxi (not too far) what is this doing to the rapport bank account. Should I be having a different approach, taking him out of the field, taking Maxi out of the field? Have just started with this feeding regime and see it as an opportunity but want to ensure I am using this opportunity effectively. Any comments, advice, ideas most very welcome. Christine
  3. Qs Surrey Experience 2012

    Monica - sounds excellent, you are really making progress and helping lots of people and horses find the right way to live together. I had hoped to come to you this year for 5 day camp But great news is we are having one right here in Scotland, very excited Wishing all the best for allthe exciting activity over the summer Christine
  4. Baby Details Game

    Congratulations Meredith and Shane and welcome to the world baby Caitlin. See you all in August, you must have the most well travelled children, Cx
  5. Se Qld Floods

    Dear all, the news reports here and your posts of support and help bring tears to my eyes. At the other side of the world I can't offer accommodation etc just best wishes and crossed fingers. Water, it seems, can be our best friend and worst enemy, keep safe, Christine
  6. Christmas Present!

    Have asked my hubbie to get me a rope hackamore for Christmas, preparing for when I get to start level 2 - snow and cold weather allowing (minus 8 tonight). Asked my Mum for Level 2 DVDs, am thinking about Merediths recommendations on doing a mix of activities to get through the programme- will be best Christmas since I was a wee one. Christine
  7. Picking Up Back Feet

    Ah ok crate for sitting on, foot trimming sounds very advanced. Definitely will leave that up to the farrier - well done you guys (gals), Christine
  8. Picking Up Back Feet

    Polly looks so chilled, well done. These confidence builders are great for our horses and us - it is possibleand you're sooo right it is up to us. Curious bout the milk crate ? Not sure what you are using it for but wanted to share an experience I had pre savvy days. Lots of background but basically was using the crate as a mounting block, once I got on Mani moved over the crate knocked it and managed to get his foot trapped in one of the bottle gaps. I jumped off and wee darling tried a couple of times to shake it off then just stood. All was ok as my hubbie and sister were around and we had large wire cutters around so were able to cut his foot free. All an OK outcome but could have been horrible had Mani spooked or if I had been on my own, which was normal. After that I have been quite careful and would not use a crate again. Might not be relevant for you but thought no harm in sharing, Keep moving forward with the savvy, looking forward to reading more of your tah dahs Christine
  9. My Horse Has Arthritis

    Hi Di, sorry to read about your horse. My horse (first horse) was diagnosed with arthritis, three years ago at the age of four, just a few weeks after he came to me (I am sure the seller knew what they were doing even if I didn't). He has ring bone in both hind pasterns, very visibly noticeable in one. I can fully appreciate how shocking it can be and I felt, during the diagnosis, as if the vet was telling me that he would need to be destroyed. Anyway not that this is the same cause but I was also told only light hacking and that the prognosis was not good. Three years on we have done a wee bit if jumping, dressage, hacking and are now doing QS, just level one, hack. In the field of his own accord he places demands on his feet that I will NEVER be asking for. Despite the initial prognosis Mani is doing well the diagnosing vet is amazed that he is not on Bute and has had no treatable lameness since the first instance. His pastern joints do vary in size from day to day but that's it (touch wood). I have a magnetic boot for his bad foot and he gets Cosequin once a day. Not sure what is contributing to things being OK but very happy. Try not to be too disheartened, lots of positive advice out there and real great outcomes, Work through what is happening now and then see what is really possible Good luck Christine
  10. Catch Me If You Can

    What a fab feeling and I guess this goes to show - that the learning sticks as long as we do what they expect from us - is the learning sticking with them or us? Good on you not to get drawn in by the temptation to go out to Emmy Christine
  11. Headshaking

    Hi Tracey - yup lots of theories around headshaking. I am going to post my story on a headshaking forum, that I have been reading, perhaps there will be other wee horses who aren't being heard, Thanks Christine
  12. Bfos, Barbeques And Bareback

    No grinder but, with a few nails and a hammer, he ensured that Mani had shoes to get him through the weekend. Farrier came today and was 'impressed' with the emergency repair, C
  13. Headshaking

    Thanks all what a forum! And Margot I did shed a tear when I finally realised the headshaking was stress, sorrow for the stress the wee fella was experiencing and absolute delight that it could, through QS, be helped and none associated with fear! Can't wait till he gets all his shoes sorted to get out and do more passenger riding. Cx
  14. Headshaking

    Hi folks - it's a rainy lunch time so instead of getting wet outside in Glasgow I thought I would take a few mins (spurred on by Shane and Meredith at our recent clinic, encouraging us all to use the forum and share) to tell you about my experience. As I look down at my hand typing here I can see the scars on the back, the cause of which led me to QS. Just over a year ago I was putting my horse (Mani) out and he was so excited/stressed(?) when he got to the field that he broke free kicking out behind him and as he went and caught the back of my hand. A four hour wait in A&E, four stitches in my hand and four weeks off horse work had an impact on us both. When we returned to work, initially lunging (for safety, so I thought) Mani started headshaking violently; the situation was such that last summer he was often unrideable. I went through the vet route, did lots of investigation, kept a detailed log and was ultimately convinced that he was a photic headshaker - perhaps as a result of a reaction to the flu jag which he had received just four days before he first displayed headshaking. Not long after this I attended my first clinic with Meredith and Shane and on day two (which was bright) Mani exhibited his headshaking when I asked Shane and Meredith they both said it looked like stress and DO the programme. You know I did do some but really didn't get into the forum nor work with others, so I was not really that successful. I thought I was doing OK as Mani was still when I was doing no yield, was driving OK, backing up etc. But what I was missing was how he was. Mani was complying/enduring, we were not connected. We had a horrible winter here 09/10 with weeks when horses were stable bound and at times I was really very afraid to deal with Mani (taking him out to the field)and of course most of it was me. Mani, although only 7, has arthritic changes in his feet (although try to spot them as he careers about the field) and I knew that I had to sort myself out as the options for an arthritic, headshaking horse are very limited. I had to become the leader this wee horse needs. So, in May of this year, Mani and I went for a few days to a good friend and we had our own little natural horsemanship boot camp. WHAT a transformation in what must only have been about 6 hours work. I was really ready to go and what progress Mani and I have made. For various reasons I am now convinced that his headshaking is stress and one year on Mani still does occasionally headshake but it kind of almost makes me smile, because he is telling me something and I CAN do something about it - What caused my wee man to be OK one day and then like a light switch being thrown develop headshaking, I have no idea (did his kicking out impact on him, was I reflecting my concerns on him,???). No matter really just sooooooo happy that not only is he much happier but that the A&E incident means that we are now really doing QS and Mani is a much happier wee horse. I can imagine many, many positive times ahead. Second clinic just last weekend (again great) and since that time Mani has been in due to a loose shoe not something that is ideal with acres of grass to be eaten(please farrier come tomorrow).The point is that before he would have been very challenging to take out. The last few evenings I have done a very small amount of QS in our arena area then letting him stretch his legs and nibble at the grass around the edge while I do his stable. He has been great going out and after only 20 mins comes to me when I go to bring him back in – it’s a whole different picture. So what am I taking so long to say - believe Meredith and Shane (not that I didn't) communicate your highs and lows, use the forum take help when it comes to you do QS Thanks to - Jo (and Stephen), Ali, Paul and Kirsten and the Meadow Park Group, Meredith and Shane and my friend Gill. OH and to my hubbie who interestingly bought me my first level one CD a couple of year before this all began, I guess the message finally got to me!