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  1. Thanks guys. Glad to hear that I'm doing the right thing protecting the gelding and yielding the mare away. What I hadn't considered is what you said Jill - what I'm releasing on. I've tried things a little differently for the last few days and focused on getting her to move away more softly with a better attitude. It worked!
  2. Hi Everyone, I want to ask a question around feeding time. My girl is quite the dominant one at feed time with her paddock mate, who is very submissive. I feed them both at the same time with a good distance between them (yield her back, ask for a flex before putting the bucket down and feed her first, then walk over and feed the gelding). After giving them their feed, as soon as I walk away to start poo scooping, my girl will leave her feed, yield the gelding away and want to eat his hard feed. She only has to give him the mare stare and he walks away! So I usually stand by the gelding and protect his space with my stick until he eats his hard feed. If she comes towards me I will use some non-contact yielding with my stick to send her back to her own dinner. My question is - how would she perceive this? Am I damaging the connection between us by protecting the submissive horse or would she see me as a leader? Thanks, Sarah
  3. Thanks everyone for the advice. Yes Miss Dakota is certainly good at giving me feedback and has quite a bit of spunk about her. I find she is constantly giving me little "tests" that I have to step up my leadership for and not lose focus.
  4. Hi Everyone, I had an interesting morning today with Dakota. We had a short practise session. Firstly when I was about to do a contact HQ yield (hadn't touched her yet) she actually yielded me with her rear end and ears back. Then I noticed during a couple of short range circles that she didn't look happy. Quit that and decided to go on a trail walk. At the pony club the trail ends in one of horses' paddocks, so you have to walk through his paddock to get out - normally a fairly quiet gelding. Well, this gelding decided to get very excited, tackle out and tried to mount her. OMG all I can say is lucky I had my stick! Soooo I'm gathering she is on heat! My question is for those of you that have mares, do you give them a break when they are on heat? How much do you expect of them during this time? Any tips on mare management would be appreciated here. I will be marking this on the calendar to be more aware next month Cheers, Sarah
  5. Yes very excited Mel Here's a sneak pic of the master in action! The pressure is on for me to step up though. Have been busy re-reading & re-watching all the videos. It's amazing how much more you pick up second time around.
  6. Just revisiting this topic as I'm about to bring my new horse home. Dakota will be 3 years old in a few weeks & has just been colt started by Shane a month ago. As per your answer above Shane I'll get her basic skills going well & no yields. At Jane's house she has become particularly adept at going under a loose fence to escape. Trouble! She may get a shock when she discovers the electric fences at pony club! Once she gets good at basic skills & no yields, when first teaching to tie solid, should I be aiming to tie up for short periods & then reward by releasing? I still see so many people tie young horses up for hours on end which I don't really see the point? Also when first teaching her to tie solid is it better to give her release by leaving her alone or is grooming her ok?
  7. Thank-you Shane & Meredith. I agree entirely with your thoughts xx
  8. My best friend rang me in an awful state this morning to tell me her dear friend and neighbour died last night. She was kicked in the head by a horse. They think she might have been feeding. She was able to ring her husband who was working on the property to tell him he'd better come in as her nose wouldn't stop bleeding. By the time he got in she was unconscious and later died. 50 years old mother of two, experienced horsewoman. Such a tragedy...
  9. Hi Luna, Red started scrambling after we had an accident where the float came off the tow ball & the horses were thrown around. I can understand why he became very nervous in the float as it was a pretty scary incident. After that I could still get him on the float but his legs were absolutely frozen in fear. With advice from QS I took out the centre divider and just starting asking for small sideways steps - this was with the car turned off and float not moving. Just rewarding the slightest try. We then eventually started again with the float moving but still with the centre divider out & then progressed to putting the divider back in. It has taken time but he's pretty good now. Good luck!
  10. Yay Simone So very happy for you!!!! Congratulations xx
  11. Well done Rhiannon! That's a super duper effort
  12. Good on you Liv! So nice to meet you as well.
  13. That is very exciting for you Caitlin! I'm so glad you got to come on the red string trail ride with us
  14. Congratulations Georgia Outstanding news, you deserve it! x
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