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tai_and_i

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  • Birthday 12/22/1980

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    Upper Coomera, QLD
  1. Mouthy youngster.

    Hi Guys! I'll be at the play days on the weekend, Belinda. Hopefully both Saturday and Sunday. Al came to visit us at Nudae yesterday and met Tai. He advised me to go on with the contact yields so I'm just heading out now to practice. Belinda, in my experience it's possible that your horse is treating you like the mini. Sometimes Tai gets a bit silly when he's been playing with other horses and tries to do it to me too. It's like he forgets for a second that I'm not a horse and then thinks "oh woops. I'm not allowed to do that to mum". He has been a little nibbly at times and when I look at him in that way where he's about to be disciplined he will snap out of it and backup quickly before I can bop him. It's funny. It would be a really great learning experience for you to come this weekend. It's surprising how much you can pick up in these events. Lorraine will be there too. :-)
  2. Mouthy youngster.

    Thanks Meredith, I agree that both Lorraine and All would be amazing help for you, Belinda. I spent a day at crystal creek and learned so much from Al. My head was spinning. As for Lorraine, she got in Tai's yard and immediately asked him for a no yield and got it. It was a big "wow" moment for me. All the struggles I had were a non-issue for her. She just assertively focussed on the task and ignored his crap. Pushed him out of her space if he tried anything and then gave him release by feeding the rope out and standing still. It was mind blowing to see someone who has never handled the horse that I've spent so much time with so successfully. Just goes to show that if you maintain your focus, protect your personal space, be assertive and most importantly offer release when they try, everything just comes together. Al will be giving my horse his first ride. After seeing him and Zena there was no question in my mind that it is best for both my horse and I. Lorraine will be giving me lessons to catch up to where Tai will be at with my riding skills. I'm so excited about the journey ahead of us now. I couldn't praise these people more. They have been incredible teachers for me. :-)
  3. Mouthy youngster.

    Thanks for your encouragement too Vikki. Just saw your post then :-)
  4. Mouthy youngster.

    Thanks Mel, he's got the idea now. I just need to film the assignment properly and upload. Had a few technical problems 😜
  5. The New Qs Saddle Is Here!

    It's beautiful! Absolutely amazing! Dream saddle! 🐎🐎🐎
  6. Mouthy youngster.

    Thanks guys! I think I'm just about ready to film now. We've improved heaps. I just have to concentrate on maintaining focus on the task and protecting my personal space. I've made it all the way around both sides of him today and he's great with his feet so now I just need a photographer to film us :-) Hopefully I will have the first assignment done by Saturday :-)
  7. Mouthy youngster.

    Hi guys, so I got my no yield today!. I attended the QS bring a friend day in crystal springs with Lorraine yesterday. Got to play with one of Al's older horses and had heaps of fantastic advice from Al and Lorraine. I realised that I wasn't protecting my personal space or being assertive with Tai. When I entered the paddock today, I picked up his manure first. He came over to play and try and grab my rake so I used my body language to push him out of my space and move him when I needed to work where he was standing. This definitely helped set us up when I put the halter on. I broke it down into small areas, starting with his face and then giving him release. If he moved, I put him back in his spot and repeated the process until I got to his rump without him taking a step. It only took a couple of tries. I gave him release by feeding the rope out and standing back, facing him and relaxed. Then I took him to his grassy paddock as his reward. Tomorrow I will have another go and hopefully he will stand without fussing around. Should be nearly ready to film the assignment now. I learned so much yesterday that I now see where I was going wrong. I wasn't focussing on the task of rubbing him and I was expecting him to bite at the rope. When I went about my task with focus it really changed things. He went to grab the rope once or twice but I ignored him and pushed his head away and kept doing what I was doing. Huge improvement and it only took a few minutes. I'm very happy :-) Thanks to everyone who gave me such great advice!
  8. Mouthy youngster.

    Comet is a doll, Mel. So sweet!. So...I did have some quiet cuddles with Tai today and he stood still while I rubbed his face for a while. Small victory. Then Lorraine came to help me with the no yield. I discovered I wasn't being assertive enough and was confused about how to give him the release. Because Comet is already educated and not a dominant horse he's much easier to work with. Now that I've seen Lorraine work with my horse I have a way better understanding of what I should be doing to get him to stand still while I rub him all over and protect my personal space. Will keep working on it. Thanks to you guys and especially to Lorraine :-)
  9. Colt Start

    Thanks Meridith. I'm working on getting a saddle horse ASAP. So is the total cost $1000? or is it per horse? Financially it will be difficult as I'm on the DSP but I will find a way. I'm more than prepared to do the work. Lorraine and I had a good chat today about making a plan. I have heaps to organise and so much to get done before November. :-)
  10. Colt Start

    Thanks Meridith. I'm working on getting a saddle horse ASAP. So is the total cost $1000? or is it per horse? Financially it will be difficult as I'm on the DSP but I will find a way. I'm more than prepared to do the work. Lorraine and I had a good chat today about making a plan. I have heaps to organise and so much to get done before November. :-)
  11. Mouthy youngster.

    Lol. Same with my boy! He loves grabbing my hats and he even takes a mouthful of water and sneaks up on me and spits it on my back. He's a comedian. I spent some time grooming him yesterday. He wasn't so keen to stand still so I worked on practicing protecting my personal space. I watched the halter training video and tried to use similar body language that Shane used with his youngster. I had small successes. He's understanding me at times but I spent a lot of time putting him back where I started and heaps of time battling his playful attacks. I will keep it up and hopefully we will be ready for our first assignment. He's very good with his feet, stick and ropes. Just not good at standing still while I rub him. 😜
  12. Colt Start

    Thanks guys. Lorraine did say that it would be in November and Chinchilla shouldn't be a problem. The Gold Coast would be waayyy more convenient. I really want to do this myself as he's my first baby and I've worked really hard to build a bond. He is very much a one person horse as he had no handling before I got him. I have mounted him bareback with success after studying a colt starting video. I just don't want to do anymore unless he's emotionally up to it. Do you have any idea how much it would cost?
  13. Mouthy youngster.

    I am told you worked with little Comet too, Mel. He's a great teacher! Between you and Lorraine you've done a fantastic job! He's a lovely little guy. He makes the learning part easy for me so I know exactly what my young horse should be like :-)
  14. Mouthy youngster.

    Lovely :-) You guys are fantastic! I'm so thrilled to have such detailed advice from the founders of this program, and so quickly!. It's great to have this ongoing support! Wish I knew about QS when I first got my bub. Thanks again. I will get busy on this :-)
  15. Mouthy youngster.

    Thanks heaps for your advice guys! This does seem like what he needs. He really wants to move around and play. I will keep studying and working hard and hopefully I will be able to report some good progress soon :-)
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