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  1. Love your reply Meredith:) I think sometimes just knowing what it might be helps and just being observant When working through the programme and u Suddenly feel it being offered is an amazing feeling when it first happens and inspires u to find out what you were doing in that moment and how u can improve to encourage more of it.
  2. Thanks for sharing Jill - we are all here for u - just a phone call away xxx
  3. Thanks Simone - I have heaps of practice to do but it’s good to just get out and have a go and use what u have learnt There is a bareback obstacle course with bridge, small jumps and pole on a drum which u move to another drum and straddling a pole I think Cattle section cross country course whip crack section with targets trim or shoe horse section pack horse obstacle course
  4. Well me and Codee are giving the Best of the West Stockmans Challenge ago next year - we did some practice today with him being the pack horse and he was amazing - he just stayed calm the whole time and checked in with me to see it was ok. I cracked a whip from his back at the stop, walk, trot and canter ( with out hitting him with it thanks goodness ) for the first time and he took it all in his stride so well. We also practiced the loose horse catch and codee just follwed my focus and helped tell the other horse where to go which did and didnt help lol we even got our front feet on the tractor tyre with me on his back. All the QS work is paying off and it’s so cool to have a horse that will give anything ago using his brain and not shutting down thanks Jill Prince for all your knowledge and support I’m excited for what in store in our journey together
  5. Woo hoo Jill - that so lovely that he offered that to you
  6. Thanks guys - have been having a few glitches the last couple of months but now the sun is out I’m starting to work at it again. thanks for all the support Jill so good to just call someone and chat about what I’m doing lol
  7. Hey thanks yes Dr Deb she dosnt quite do that but she does it passively and makes it hard for me to approach that side - she will let me on the other side but not the halter side but that’s my fault because I have settled for that. So now I don’t realise her till she alows me to approach the left side. It’s getting better - I have made lots of mistakes with her so just trying to build better rapport with every encounter. What did u do to to step up ur leadership? I find it hard to step that up and not lose rapport?
  8. Thanks Guys - the HIM camp and meeting everyone over there have me such motivation
  9. Awesome thanks I will have a look at that again
  10. Thanks guys - she will allow me to approach after I did some work a couple of years ago on the approach and retreat method using first a motor bike ( as it took me an hr or more to catch her sometimes and I was taught that u don’t leave the paddock until u have at least given them a pat) ? and then just my lead rope to create energy to yield her HQ but now she still seems edgy when I have a lead rope in my hands entering the paddock. All the other horses are cool but she go and stirs them up and try’s to take them away with her and they now don’t go but just isn’t improving so I felt like she was showing me her hind when she did this so I tried to make it uncomfortable for her to turn away from me with energy when she turned away and release when she HQ yeilded to me. i will see what we have today? Lol So from this - there’s a few holes in my level one with her that I picked up so will see if it improves plus just changing my though patterns when going out there too
  11. Hi everyone, My mare willow who I have made millions of mistakes with over the years and she dosnt forgive very easily being a sensitive type. Was hard to catch after a bad saddle fit and bad riding advice early on years ago - but I fixed the catching problem to an extent but since then when I enter the paddock and go to catch any horse or her - she will start pacing and weaving around until i approach her - it’s like she knows that even a 10 acre paddock won’t stop me from catching her as I persist until I at least get a sniff Or pat. if she is in a small space - arena or round yard she does everything nice can approach her at liberty etc.. but in a paddock with more space she will leave - she will only come in when all the other horses have stopped running with her and are focusing on me when I do the approach and retreat technique. I think it’s a rapport issue but only recently have I realised that it can be to do with a leadership thing too She is a bossy mare in the paddock and very athletic- it’s hard as when I approach I have to be so careful not to coming in with too much energy and not tip toeing in and making myself seem sketchy. Anyhoo I’m sure as I go through the levels I will get some more answers uand but just had this today and it was disheartening thanks
  12. Naw sorry just saw this - thanks Jill thank god I met Tanya and learnt about QS - saved my horses and me
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