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sassy

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    Sunshine Coast, Australia
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    Kids, family, horses and travel.

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  1. Congratulations Sandra! That is such great news, you have totally earnt it! Ye ye
  2. Going down in the float

    Hi Luna, That sounds like an awfully scary scenario! This is my worst nightmare with Red especially since he has started scrambling. It's good to hear that although Darcy was completely on the floor, that he managed to still get up relatively uninjured. Sounds like you handled the situation incredibly well Luna! I hope Darcy gets some relief from the chiro. Sarah
  3. Hi Everyone, An update - today we had our first try on the float again. So first I asked Red to step over the tailgate from both sides. He was initially a little unsure but then had no problems with this. We took out the divider and then I asked him on the float. He again was a bit unsure and needed a bit of stick tapping on the rear to get him in (he usually walks straight on - however this time the float looked different as Yogi wasn't it there and the divider was out). So then he got on and was totally braced in the feet and wouldn't move - he even tried to lean forward for the carrot instead of moving his feet forward (and no I don't usually entice him with carrots but I was trying to make it a good experience!). We then did contact and no contact yielding sideways until he started to move his feet. We took him on and off a few times and did more sideways in the float. By this stage he was looking a lot more comfortable and had figured out that he could move his feet in the float. Sophie then got in the car and drove a few metres forward, then a few metres backward and I stayed in the float and watched what Red's feet did. I watched him re-position himself a few times to get a nice stance. We probably did this about 6 times. I then noticed him cock his back leg, like for a rest but it was as we were moving. He didn't kick but I'm not sure if it was a precursor for a kick. We then stopped with the car driving as I didn't want to push him. Stopped gave him some a little hay in the float and he seemed very comfortable and decided he even didn't want to come off! To answer the last post, he scrambles on both sides but I think it's worse on the passenger side. Also found out Red's floating history - he was always floated on an angle load and never had a problem. So where to from here? Do I do this a few more times or do I just get on with it and float load without the divider? Also noticed that after we got off the float and we were doing lots of sideways on the ground, he got sweaty on the chest and under the front armpits again....weird! Also I am getting stuck into my Module 3 Connection homework
  4. Tania Does it Again!

    Fantastic Tania, congratulations!!!!
  5. Thanks Simone - yes always good to experience things from a horse's perspective Thanks Carola also. I have already completed my Level 1 so have done float loading & Red loads wonderfully. You have some good ideas there with trying to get some movements happening in the float so that he learns he can move. We have tried to also rock him side to side while he's in the float so he plants his feet firmer. I'll have another look at the videos, thanks.
  6. Also I don't know if it's related but I noticed hours later that Red was sweaty on the chest and under each 4 legs but no where else.....
  7. Hi Everyone, I am having some serious issues with Red in the float. He is stumbling around corners to the point that I am very concerned he is going to fall and sustain a serious injury as well as injuring his co-floater (Yogi). The float is being driven super slow so it is not a speed issue. We have noticed that the problem is actually getting worse. So a bit of background info - absolutely no problems going on the float, he walks straight on. Red is a TB a little on the skinny side even though I am trying to fatten him up. I bought him last year so don't know his floating history. Since being with me, he's always been unbalanced in the float as you can see in the rear vision mirror. The back of his tail is always rubbed when you get him off the float where he must be leaning on the back door. But the stumbling is increasing and becoming more serious, as distracting to the driver (Sophie - thank you!!!) so its a safety issue. Since buying him he has been a bit touchy picking up his back legs, especially his back right and he has kicked me once when I was trying to pick it up. He also kicked the back of the float the other day. I don't know if its related but I'm also having trouble with my canter transitions on the circle. I can get him to canter easily on the straight but its an awful leap forward, not a smooth transition. I would appreciate any opinions on this. Cheers Sarah
  8. Congratulations Luna, that is so awesome!!!!! You should be very proud of yourself Sarah x
  9. Wanted Horse to buy

    Oh thanks Elise! I did however find a horse last year. His name is Red and he's just perfect for me I do remember someone else at the practise day asking about a good quiet horse though, so I'm sure you'd have no problems finding a home for your horse. Thanks anyway
  10. Cooroy Summer Lessons Ta-dahs!

    I have learned about canter transitions. I've never had any trouble transitioning into a canter when going in a straight line, so when I had to ask for a canter in a circle, I couldn't work out why Red just kept going faster and faster into a trot and wouldn't transition to a canter. When I finally did get some canter strides he made a hideous groan and some very awkward canter strides. My ta dah moment was realising that it is much harder for him to canter transition in a circle as he has to use a different part of his body (?hindquarter) than if he was to canter in a straight line (?forequarter). So I need to be more patient and aware of this and use my body to open up and help him transition into a canter on the circle. Practise practise!!!
  11. Thanks everyone! It's a great feeling and I have learnt so much. It was probably closer to 3 months but it was certainly fairly full-on to get through it in that time. I think the lesson packages with Fiona were the key for me and having someone to push me to get in the assignments! Anyway I'm so glad I found QS and am super impressed with all the wonderful people and their positive attitudes that I have met so far
  12. Rain scald when there's no rain!

    Much better thanks Fiona. He flinched a bit when I sprayed the vinegar solution on so I gather it might have stung a little. Most of the lumps have gone and I've been able to pick out all the scabs. The new hair is growing back so he looks a bit patchy! Do you use the vinegar solution just as a treatment or occasionally as a preventative as well?
  13. Rain scald when there's no rain!

    Thanks Ladies. I have heard Pat Coleby's book mentioned in old forum posts, so will have to get it. It's been very overcast here lately so I've used the baby oil which has worked well to soften the crusts and I used a nit comb to remove them. The nit comb made it really easy to remove the crusts. I also sprayed him with a mixture of vinegar and water which apparently kills the fungus and restores the pH level of the skin (so I've read).
  14. Hi Everyone, Red has developed rain scald over his rump and back. When I first bought him he had a little bit on his bum which cleared up with baby oil. I was told it was rain scald but you don't necessarily have to have rain to get it. Well it definitely has not been raining during the time he's developed it. I have rubbed baby oil in but its quite an extensive area. Have also heard of washing in an antimicrobial wash. Would that be Betadine? Would be interested to hear what others do to ward off rain scald and clear it up. Oh he's not rugged either and I'm not overly keen on starting. Other old forum posts are talking about copper deficiencies? Any info would be appreciated. Cheers Sarah
  15. Sore feet

    Hi Sam, Thanks for your message! It's been 2 weeks now since Red's shoes came off and he has remarkably improved. The lessons we had last weekend were on grass and soft sand which he handled well. He only got a bit ginger on the more compacted sand. So I'm hoping with more time things will continue to improve and I won't have to buy the boots for riding on the harder surfaces. It has been good to hear what others have found works though. By the way I love your husbands description of your second home! He he x
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