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  1. ann

    Nickering very enthusiastically

    This in an interesting thread. I had Bowen Therapy done on Nugget (very introvert horse), and after the second session, he snuffled and nickered and it was very guttural and instinctive, he was also wrapping his neck around the lady and licking her. The lady who did the Bowen Therapy said whilst she hasn't seen it before, it may have been an emotional release, which is common during Bowen sessions. I have video footage of it if anybody is interested. Don't know if this helps you Elise, but it may be an answer, or at least an instinctive display which we don't often see.
  2. Thanks Meredith. I PM'd Mel on Facebook to find out as I have a friend who was interested.
  3. Hi Mel, did you find a home for your Appy boy?
  4. One of my old boys does this as well. (Ute McEachran's horse "Dancer" did this as well, so much so that his foot was in the air most of the time he was feeding). My boy does tend to knock over his lighter food bowl sometimes, so I have to feed him in a heavier bowl to prevent this.
  5. ann

    Feeding heirarchy

    This is a great topic and something I've always had to work on (Eddie's habits at feed time was what originally led me to QS). I make Eddie back away from his bowl (submission) before he is allowed to eat if he fusses or gets pushy I make him back up some more. I always give h im a "good boy" pat then he knows it's OK to eat. I always feed them in different parts of the paddock (at least a fair way away) otherwise Eddie will finish first and steal Nuggets (who gets and needs more food). I have another horse in the mix now so it's more interesting at feed times now. Thanks for bringing this great topic up Tania.
  6. Thanks so much for all your replies guys. Yes, I knew the softness from flexion and doing circles was beneficial, but just didn't have a comeback. I even trotted Eddie in circles so she could check his gait and he did a beautiful HQ yield. They both have issues as they were both raced early in life. Yes, Jen, Level 2 would be advantageous for all us. Especially my mental fortitude. Baby steps as I'm taking my 13 yo daughter with me to play with the horses and I often stop to help her. Will keep at it, and of course incorporating circles into their play times.
  7. Hi. I have a friend who is learning Bowen Therapy on horses (she's already accomplished on people and is great at it, first hand experience here. ). She kindly worked on Eddie and Nugget on Tuesday and both horses are very knotted and cramped in their shoulders, and Nugget in his neck also. Eddie also had a massive scar in his left chest muscle which would have been from his racing days. Annette suggested I don't work the horses in circles so much and try to do more "straight" riding? Any suggestions for straight work as most of our work is in circles. We're heading down to do Ride the Rail this arvo, and Kalena's not quite up to trot rebounds as yet. Nugget is only being ridden in a bareback pad as he's having a lot of trouble holding his weight now that the colder weather has commenced and I worry the saddle with hurt him. Thanks. Ann
  8. ann

    Considering buying a Float...

    Ditto to all of the above, but also check the tail gate latch. Some have a hook which points down when the tail gate is down, which horses can catch themselves on, particularly if they tend to "dance" around it (which Eddie did before QS). Here's an interested website. http://www.horseproblems.com.au/problem_horse_or_problem_horse_f.htm
  9. ann

    The Power of QS

    Well done Angela. The freedom you feel when you load and transport your own horse is unbelievable. It's only really appreciated by those who have done it for themselves, or struggled with it for years. Awesome job.
  10. ann

    Brumby Culling-MAD project

    So how did you go with your assignment Samara? Xodanio, I read about the Chicoteague ponies many many many years ago, it was a cutesy novel about ponies, but the info was true and accurate.
  11. Hi all. I knew this answer a few years ago but forget now. If I was to find a new horsey to play with, what level would I need to attain to give the best start to a Newby horse? Of course the new baby would be QS all the way and have Shane or Mel to start him/her. I know I'd need to have a lot more experience on top of the saddle but just wonder what I need to achieve before I can safely and happily (from the horses point of view) start this baby under the saddle/ground. Half way through level 2 is what I remember but I'm not sure where exactly. Looking forward to some advice here. My two old boys are ageing and whilst I could never let them go, I need to think about something younger in the future. but also
  12. I know this is in the wrong section, however, I am just wondering how to delete a post which has doubled up. If a Tag is attached does that make it double up? It's in the wrong section because this is where I originally posted the "doubled up" question. Ta. Ann
  13. LOL Glad you can relate Petra. I walked Eddie back to his paddock today, he's been on a paddock two "doors" along to eat their grass down. He was very ouchy on his front feet. Poor baby. I check and for the first time ever I can see pink on his sole. I'm very worried about his pedal bone, hope it hasn't rotated. :( I've just spoken to a friend who has a little shetland who is unworked, she's 4. She might have to be my new groundwork project until all this green grass is gone. :( Or I can figure out a way to get them back on PP track.
  14. Hi all. Well I've just restarted QS and have a question regarding aged and unfit horses pre-ridden training. Shane mentioned at the Blackbutt RFT that horses really need to be fit before being ridden too much. I remember he mentioned lots of spirals and changes of direction to get the horse lifting up through the middle. My question is how much ground work should I (we Kalena will be joining me) do before doing say a trot passenger lesson. Nugget is on the slim side and doesn't really have a topline anymore and his hips are a bit dodgey (sacroilliac issues I think). Both are stiff and would only benefit from more exercise. They've been on a Paddock Paradise system in the past and really benefitted from it but their agistment doesn't allow for that at the moment. Any idea's regarding timeframes for achieving a fit (enough) horse would be appreciated. Thanks.
  15. ann

    Chilli - Product of QS horsemanship

    Just found this post and loved it. I think I'm in love the VOV. I learnt so much just listening to one assignment. What a great system. Hope Chilli's doing well.