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    My wonderful family....horses, helping people, teaching, learning, writing, gardening, traveling and meeting new people and horses.

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  1. Meredith


    Yep....that is exactly the problem Luna. With a forward facing float, the natural stance of a horse is going to be quite wide for them to be able to balance. Forward facing forces them to stand narrow. So unless they are happy to move their back end around a lot, they soon get braced and stuck and the scramble begins because they loose balance. Angles are great but failing that, giving them the chance to stand with their feet wider by taking out the divider. Horses don't really need dividers...it's more for our sake (we like things tidy! and to keep our horses separate). They'll travel quite happily loose in a stock truck just like cows will if we let them....but I guess we don't want to turn up to our horsie events with a stock truck. Well actually I do want exactly that but most don't. Keep at it. You're doing great and everyone is learning from your efforts Luna so thank you for sharing. M
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    2019 Surrey UK

    Great news everyone. We have dates at last and costs for all events. Please do check out the list below, and let us know what you are interested in doing this year. Please note - we do need firm interest in the HiM camp. For the tour to be confirmed we need a minimum of 5 definite riders for this. Once we have this confirmed, we can go ahead with the rest of the planning for the tour and add the extra events. EVENTS FOR THE SUMMER Aug 1st & 2nd - Lessons Germany Aug 3rd & 4th - Clinic / Lessons Holland Prof Seminar Aug 6th Aug 7th to 11th - HiM Camp UK Aug 12th to 15th - Lessons / Horse Training UK Aug 17th & 18th - Lessons Scotland COSTS: Harmony in Motion Camp: $1400 per person. 5 full days studying Harmony in Motion. Group Lesson: $245 for the first lesson. $225 for the second lesson. $200 for third or more lessons. Groups of 2 - 5 people studying a specific topic. Private Lessons: $215 per hour. One on one private lesson with Meredith. Special!. Horse Training: $215 per day Have your horse trained by Meredith - minimum 3 days. Auditors: FREE - for any course attendee to audit any other course. Non attendees - $40 half day, $60 full day for the first day. $50 per day for any additional days. Please express your interest in the events below. CAMPS Harmony in Motion 5 -day camp HORSE TRAINING minimum 3 days LESSONS L1 ground or ridden L2 Impulsion L2 / L3 Liberty L2 Connection L2 Contact L3 Connection L3 Impulsion / confidence L3 Collection GERMANY Level 2 Lessons Level 1 Lessons
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    2019 Surrey UK

    Hi everyone......well we are well underway with planning this year's events for August. We do have preliminary events and dates and very soon everyone will get an email of what we have planned. For now, I can tell you that we do have a 5-day Harmony in Motion camp lined up for Surrey UK. I will also be offering lessons and horse training in Surrey while I'm there. We will also have some events in the Netherlands.....likely Level 2 at this stage. Also on the cards is a visit to Germany as well as Scotland. We are still planning so if you would like an event in your area / country, please do let us know ASAP so we can make sure to include you. Stay tuned....more very soon. M
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    Our Camp Brumbies are for sale

    I know Mel.....I would loved to have taken Boston also. Thanks Jen. That is really a great offer. M
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    Our Camp Brumbies are for sale

    Thanks Jen. Would love to take them all. Someone MUST take Boston...he is fabulous. And Mel....how could you pas up Arwen. M
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    Yep....it'll all come down to his confidence and ability to soften his hind (doesn't everything!) and be happy to move his back feet around. It's a bit like when we do a hind1/4 yield or a sideways move and our horse just steps / shuffles across without really committing to the hind coming under. So often they just step across and then step together without the hind coming under at all. It'll give us trouble in many areas, and is highlighted in trailer travel. And anti scramble trailer just narrows at the top where the horse's body is and is wider (usual width) at the bottom for the feet to have 'more room' supposedly. But it doesn't fix the problem of the horse not being confident enough to move their feet. Very often trailers are made too narrow so the horse can't move enough. And of course, front loading trailers are the worst design for a horse float as it tips all the horse's weight on the front end all the time and so they brace to try to be able to stand up. A horse in a loose area, like a truck, will turn sideways or even backward, to balance when traveling. Makes sense to the horse but not always to trailer builders! So if you ever get a new float, get an angle load. M
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    Congratulations Tania and Connor!!

    Congratulations Tania and Conner. You'll know L1 inside out by now Tania. M
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    Our Camp Brumbies are for sale

    Hey!.....just realised you said Arwen!!! Is she for sale again? Mel.....you can keep your pony. Wonderful. We seem to be getting a collection of Brumbies. Up to 4 now.....and those of you lucky enough to be coming for a QSE camp, clinic or lessons here at Woolooga and partnering one of our lease horses, will get to experience them first hand. M
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    Our Camp Brumbies are for sale

    These are THE most wonderful horses and we can personally vouch for each of them, that they've had a fabulous start with QS already. Jen, if you do up a flyer for these guys, I'll send it out with the next Community Newsletter. M
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    Congratulations Tracy!!!

    Way to go Tracy and BIG! A fantastic effort and very well deserved achievement for you both. Congratulations. M
  11. Meredith

    2019 Surrey UK

    We've had requests to head to Germany / Holland mid to late August which would mean being in the UK late July / early August. If everyone is okay with this we can begin planning around those times??? M
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    2019 Surrey UK

    Hi Tracy. Yes!......we sure can. I'll be talking with Carola and Alexia soon to start planning events for this year so we'll let you know what and when asap. At this stage all I can tell you is that we'll begin the tour late July and have all of Aug penciled in also. If you have requests for events / topics etc then just let us know as it'll help us put the ideal plan together. More soon. M
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    Brumby Connection Camp 2018

    There is more to come Jane. So get set to be even more inspired! M
  14. Hi everyone. We're adding another weekend to my lessons this summer....and extending into March. Please note, these will be the last events available in Australia before The QSE begins in April. Next lessons with me will be in Texas USA in July, Victoria in July, Germany, Holland and England in August, Western Australia in October / November, Qld / NSW next summer. So if you are local to Woolooga, jump in now and grab this chance. DATES for 2019. Jan 12th & 13th Feb 9th & 10th March 9th & 10th Our programme; Saturday 8.30am to 12pm - Level 1 Saturday 1pm to 4.30pm - Level 2 Sunday 8.30am to 12pm - Level 3 Sunday 1pm to 4.30pm - Harmony in Motion We have events for all levels and modules over the summer. Basically we have a ground work weekend, a ridden weekend and then the last one is a more advanced weekend. We are still tailoring to what is most requested so just let us know what you'd like to focus on. Lessons are group of 3 - 6 people. Costs are $220 for one weekend (3hr lesson and audit the other 3 lessons plus dinner Saturday night), $400 for two weekends, or $570 for all three weekends. Auditors $40 for a half day or $60 for a full day. $100 for two days. Dec 15th & 16th: L1 for people getting started on their HMS journey with QS. Level 1 is all about taking the mystery out of horsemanship and making it possible for anyone to have the partnership of their dreams with their horse. No matter what you want to do with your horsemanship, understanding your horse and how to communicate with her or him is the place to begin. We'll focus on building leadership, confidence and communication on the ground. With better ground skills comes better understanding, a stronger partnership and confidence and trust in each other. Everything, no matter what you do with your horse, begins on the ground. Of all the summer lessons, this one is undoubtedly the most significant and life changing for horse and human. L2 for those taking their horsemanship to the next level. Longer ropes, liberty, transitions, positive reflexes.....all things that go further toward cementing our connection with our horses and them with us. Our focus is on getting good spirals, jumps on longer ropes, direction changes, transitions, trailer loading and more. This level is really where all the fun begins! L3 the skies to limit. L3 ground is a tonne of fun and so engaging for horse and human. Did you ever imagine being able to work with your horse confidently and lightly on a 50' rope? Or communicate without a halter or even any rope at all? Or long-reining. And there is so much more in L3. QSSC Woolooga is the ideal venue for getting out and about with your horse and exploring the wide open spaces. Attaining horsemanship is right at your finger tips. Harmony in Motion ground work lesson. Lateral drift, lateral softness, self carriage, position, unity and harmony. In this lesson we focus on the on-line aspects of HiM and get the two of us moving and working together. January 12th & 13th L1 during this weekend is where we take what we have learnt on the ground and apply it to riding. The ideal follow on from the December lessons, if you've done your homework you'll make huge progress with your riding skills and confidence during this weekend. Yes we'll be riding in a halter and one rein.....which is all you need to develop safe and effective riding habits. We'll look at saddling, mounting, rein positions and transitions and get you well on your way to having not just a great seat but a safer, more confident partnership. L2 is all about impulsion this weekend. We'll be cantering!....simple and flying changes, jumping and tossing in some gallop. So much fun, especially when your horse is enjoying it too. This lesson is all about forward confidence at all gaits for horse and rider. And what better place to do all this that QSSC Woolooga. We'll focus on all of the impulsion programmes so that you and your horse are prepared for this step up into an independent seat and flying feet. L3 and there is no other way to put it than that we'll be riding bareback and bridle-less! This lesson will really get you feeling for your horses feet and rhythm and making your communication feather light, soft and almost imperceptible. We'll also be working on stick riding and the most fun of all, the barrel gallop. Harmony in Motion lesson this month we look at liberty and ranch rope. So much fun and intriguing to explore new sections, new perspectives and new tasks. February 9th & 10th L1 we'll be advancing on with our ground work and ridden. Polish up your ground skills and set yourself up for L2 and revisit your ridden work to consolidate what you've been doing in your homework. We'll put another layer on your one-rein riding and also add in two rein riding. That Red String will be well within your grasp after this weekend. A confidence builder and preparation for Level 2. L2 introducing contact riding for the first time with two rein riding. The beginnings of self carriage and collection, we'll look at lateral softness and using our seat instead of just the reins for communication. We'll also revisit the gallop and jumping programmes and check out how your flying changes are going. Another hugely fun weekend. L3 Collection is our topic for the weekend. True forward, lateral softness, collection and self carriage. This is a huge topic and one that we'll take a big step toward achieving with this lesson. Understanding how our lateral seat and feel are crucial to achieving true collection and lightness with our horses....the foundation for elevation. Adv Harmony in Motion. We'll get into some fun gymnastic exercises to really soften our horses laterally and vertically. Walk, trot and canter, pirouette and the beginnings of elevation. Contact riding with softness and harmony. Summer lessons with Meredith.mp4
  15. Thanks Jen. Fabulous photos of a fabulous event. It all went so well and it was great fun riding out on the Elcho Park cross country course. I know Diesel and I had a wonderful time trying out the obstacles. It's given me some more ideas for here at home. M