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    Girthy Horses

    Thanks Jen Yes I have been taking more time to go through the saddling procedure, just throwing the pad on, off without doing the girht up. To begin with they will both sniff the pad/saddle & will accept if going on.... but once its been attached (and always loosely) the bracing begins & when I reintroduse the saddle/pad, no sniff. They just ignore it. Should I not put it back on until they acknowledge it again? I've just ordered a special shoulder relief girth (has elastic both ends & hopefully will stop pulling the saddle/pad forward. I just sent some photos to Shane for the QS saddle & I put the pad on Carmeline to give him some reference. I noticed how much Carmeline's shape creates a situation where the pad is pulling forwards on her so the buckles sit right behind her shoulders. I've ordered a longer version of this girth for her so the buckles do up on the pad leather as well. I'm hoping this may help as the research says there is a lot of pressure put on by traditional girths, just behind the shoulder in most horses as there shape tends to put a forward pressure on the saddle. Cheers, Deb.
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    Girthy Horses

    Hi All Someone please offer me a solution to my beautiful mares (yes that is plural) "girthyness"????? I have googled this, asked my respected peers & veterinary practitioners who specialise in 'equine bio-mechanics' & I'm still confused. My older mare (21 yo) has learnt to accept the girth; ie the more I girth her up, the better she gets. My younger mare (4 yo) still hates the girth no matter how loose it is. Yes, we work through it and she is a delight to ride (no ridden canter yet but she is striking off on the long line nicely with the bare back pad on) but I know she is uncomfortable as she will turn around and nibble at the girth even with rubber pads protecting her from the metal parts of the buckle of the girth; this has helped her & her 21 yo mum but it obviously is still a problem. I'm waiting in line for an appointment with a veterinary specialist who does acupuncture that might help her if it is due to 'birthing trauma pain' but that is a long way off......... I really don't know where else to go. I'm not a good enough rider to ride her completely bareback (although I have been). She (or her mother recently & since doing QS) have not attempted to buck me off & are both wonderful to ride but do I just push the young girl through it (that's how her mother has gone through it) & accept that she doesn't enjoy the girth but will accept it or do I stop riding her because she is irritated by it despite the fact that she can work through it???? I love my ponies but if I reflect on how I do things to myself (having been a professional athlete). I will (& still do) push myself through a little discomfort; should I expect the same from my ponies? The 4yo travels well & evenly. She goes forwards (& tracks up well) when offered & doesn't show discomfort whilst being ridden. She is a little less supple on the left circle but she is improving as we work through the program. She appears is equally flexible both sides when asked for flexion. I currently have synthetic contoured elastic girths on both the bareback pad & the saddle. I've not been using the 'wintec air all purpose' saddle on the 4 yo, just the BB pad. Cheers, Deb
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    Carmeline's starting L1!

    Thank you guys. It's nice to have all your support & encouragement.
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    Carmeline's starting L1!

    Hi All I just wanted to share with people who'll understand: I'd like to tell you all that my beautiful 4 yo Carmeline gave me the most beautiful trot around the southern cross pattern today. I've only just started to ride her again (2nd ride today) after her first stint in November last year & what a delight. I'm so chuffed, she traveled forward easily & calmly with no problems with her direct or indirect rein. I've brought this little girl up following the QS young horse training as well as learning from my other two oldies (23 yo Thoroughbred Bill & Ruby, 21 yo Thoroughbred x QH) who I've currently got in L2. It's so exciting given Carmeline's 'girthiness' (thought to be a physical response to birth trauma which we're trying to tackle). So Carmeline has started L1 with me & we've even put in a couple of videos for coaching. Cheers, Deb
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    much of a muchness

    Crikey Denise, that solo shot has taken so long to arrive it will have to be so good it edit & loads itself onto YouTube! On another note, I just start my videos loading on to YouTube just before bed time & then go to bed leaving them to load overnight. By the morning their done!! Cheers, Deb.
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    Congratulations Celia & Peppi

    Congratulations Celia & Peppi, Bill & I just got there ourselves. See you around in L2.
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    A level 1 Grad for Geelong!

    Thanks Guys It's been a wonderful introduction to QS & I look forward to the rest of the journey with Bill. Cheers, Deb.
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    Relaxed ex race horse

    Hi Fellow QS students. I just wanted to share with you something that I did not think I would ever achieve with my ex race horse 'Final Account' or Bill (clever huh, I just inherited him with this stable name). Bill & I have 'Evented' in the past & never had a time penalty. He is fast, responsive & I love speed. A match made in heaven I thought. When we rode out with others, I always preferred to ride in the lead as Bill never seemed to accept being behind another horse very well. He would prance, toss his head, grind his teeth & insist he be in front & generally it was a more comfortable ride for all of us if we stayed in front. If we went for a canter in a group ride, he would put a lot of pressure on those around him, pushing to get ahead & go faster & faster until the canter became a gallop. Don't misunderstand me & assume Bill would bolt, he never did on me. I could always ask him to slow & he would, but he would take any relaxation on the rein as a sign that he could stride out & go faster. It seemed to me that he thought any group ride was a potential race which he must win. I have now been doing the QS program with Bill for 8 months. We're still level 1 (only 2 assignments to go until level 2! ) 4 weeks ago I rode out with my 16 yo niece & her 15 yo friend. They are both inexperienced but enthusiastic riders with horses they have 'free leased'. They were very enthusiastic to go for a ride with me & my horse Bill so I floated him out to Anglesea to where they agisted their horses, lots of good areas to ride without fences to impede your progress. Whilst out with them, I allowed them to dictate the pace as not to put any pressure on them. A canter was requested by my niece & her friend who was also riding a retired race horse. I was riding Bill in just a rope hackamore but still I felt comfortable with this request & stated that I would ride behind so as not to push the either my nieces or her friends horse into a 'race situation'. We all struck off into a canter together, I immediately gave Bill a loose rope to reward him for the nice transition up. To my absolute surprise & delight, I never had to touch that rope as he relaxed into the most beautiful, steady canter pace behind the other two horses & at no time attempted to accelerate or race the others who were in front of him. It was magical to me. We even went for a gallop during the ride (very safe choice of straight, no hazard terrain) where I did encourage Bill to stretch out in front of the others as he had so much more speed than either of the other two horses. I asked him to slow by lowering my energy, he did and we relaxed into a lovely free walk until the others caught up. He didn't miss a beat. We turned and headed for home on a loose rope & he just remained in that beautiful walk. No attempt to transition up. This is amazing progress for Bill & I, I never actually believed I would not need a bridle to keep him in check in these challenging situations. Yay Final Account.
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    Easter Special for yearly Gold Members

    I would like to take advantage of this offer as well. Do I just pay the yearly gold membership fee & I will automatically get the young horse module? There is nothing on the renewal page to indicate that this is part of the yearly gold membership. Cheers, Deb.
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