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  • Birthday 07/08/1981

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    the Netherlands
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    Horses! ; my family; reading; playing the piano; history; travelling

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  1. Building Rapport Camp

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing
  2. Bodil!!!! Congratulations!!! I am so so so so so so proud of you!!!! You are an amazing horseman and have had quite a few things to work through with your ponies! Have fun in Level 2 (I know you will !) and have fun with finishing your level 1 with your other pony Wonder now. You have great new skills to help you work with him as well. Lots of love to you!!! And enjoy your celebrations!!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
  3. Woohoo! Thank you for sharing your story here Judith!! We're all here to support you and of course I'm soooo excited that you're starting your level 1 now!! Looking forward to sharing your horsemanship journey with you . xx
  4. Thank you for sharing your story Jessica...look at what you've already achieved in such a small amount of time!!! xx
  5. Hi everyone! We had an amazing 4 days with Meredith! I thought I'd share with you what I have learned in what seems to be a short amount of time... For me, the first thing that stood out, was the amazing group of students we had at the clinics...both at the impulsion clinic and the Building Rapport. Everyone was so open minded and hearted...we were all so ready to learn and grow...It was truely special! My personal learning was much about giving my horses their own forward...not my forward. This showed up in my level 3 horse and my young horses. I need to really touch into the suggestion and release now...for them to make up their own mind and learn to make decisions by themselves and truely have their own forward through engaging their hind. For those who were there, know that loading a troubled horse together with Meredith was a whole new learning curve by itself...as Meredith rightly said...it wasn't about getting the horse in the trailer, it was about changing the horses' life. All the things we do are really not about the tasks...it will show up in the horses' mental and emotional state both now and in the future. Kaylib and I have had a great time at the Building Rapport Clinic as well...he finally started to show me the cheeky and funny horse that he has inside him...we are not 'working' anymore, we will be partners and friends and yes, dare I say it, have fun !!! We have seen many beautiful moments of change that we can make in just minutes or seconds...beautiful, special and so so real for us all to see and experience. Thank you to everyone who was there and of course a big thank you to Meredith for sharing your experience and wisdom with us!!! X
  6. Bodil and her pony's Pardotje and Wonder

    This makes me so so happy! Bodil is growing to be a great little horseman! Well done Wendy and Bodil!!! X
  7. Talk about aggressive...

    Good post...thanks for sharing. Yes, I would say the same as the others...I leave my horses alone to eat... I strongly believe that horses need stillness within the herd, they don't like fighting or having a riot about something...whether it's food or shade or anything else. I make sure that the piles of hay are far apart from eachother and that there is always 1 more pile of hay than horses (or horses and sheep), so that if one yields a horse away from a pile, they always have another one to walk to. This way they never have to fight about food...it would be against their nature to have to fight about food, and it brings up negative behaviour that they won't have with enough space, enough food and enough piles of hay. Kaylib yields the others away from a pile all the time, but they just walk on to the next available one, they don't have to fight back because they would otherwise not eat. Saying that...I can ask my horses to yield when they eat if I have to...also the lead horse....because he's an educated horse. So yes, ditto to what the others are saying...the more educated through the QS programme he gets, the more confident he gets, the more leadership you will have and less difficulties asking him to yield whatever he's doing.
  8. Yay! How exciting! Looking forward to it!!
  9. Thank you for starting this thread! X
  10. Clare and Codee did it!! L1

    :clapping: :clapping:
  11. Hi Sarah! Have a look at the first video, level 1 module1, in which Shane explains how to pick up the back legs of a horse that's a bit touchy. It may sound strange, but if you sort that out first, other things will probably go a bit easier as well . So I would make sure I'm able to pick up his feet before going on float loading etc. Follow the programme with him and make sure you've got your groundwork assignments in before the loading assignment. It will mean that his confidence has grown a bit by then and he will trust you more as his leader. It sounds like he's not confident in the float and that he isn't finding comfort in there. Yes, it is a bit like being on the underground without being able to hold on to anything. But if he's relaxed and thinking, he should find a way to be balanced and stable, even going around corners. Once you're up to the loading assignment, just do your homework, and also ask him for a little yield in the trailer or pick up his feet, so that he learns that he can move his feet in there and can find his balance. So, following the programme would be the best way to go for now I think . Also, Shane has made a trailer loading series, you might want to check that out too! I know he loads ok, but for now he's loading without finding the comfort in there...you might pick up on some good tips in the loading video's Good luck...hope this helps a bit.
  12. Hi Tracey...I was thinking... When you're holding the rope without giving, he might get into opposition reflex. Try and concentrate on giving him the rope, rather than holding it...release focused... So when you're asking him to flex, try and hold the rope between finger and thumb (have the rope quite short so that you're not pulling on his head), but alternate quite quick between release and 'holding'....give take give take give take (opening and shutting your hand)...but stay light. At some point he will see the pattern and that you're offering him release, he'll then take it. Maybe this helps...sounds like he got a bit stuck there xx
  13. Nice ho hear nice news! Loading loading Eli!

    Ah so nice! Wonderful news indeed! I love succes stories! xx