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  1. Hi Everyone, Once again I will be at QSSC for this years Horse Training Courses - Impulsion and Collection. They are both 5 day courses you have the option of doing 1 or both depending on what your horse needs. Give your horse a head start in their training with a little education with me. This is great for green horses or especially if you are getting stuck in your own progress, I can help smooth over the bumps and get your horse safer and easier to handle and ride for you. PLUS! During this time, I will be studying the impulsion and collection subjects with Shane so your horse will be getting invaluable help from both Shane Ransley and myself. This is something you don't want your horse to miss out on. If you would like to know more, please message me and we can chat about what you and your horse specifically need help with. Click here to find out more
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    Way to go Liv and Matilda

    Wow! Congratulations Liv and Matilda! Awesome work.
  3. Congratulations Hannah!
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    going out for a ride TahDah

    Well done for taking that next step Judy! There will be no looking back for you now
  5. Positive reflexes Longer Lines Greater Communication Develop Feel and timing for riding Prepare for working at Liberty Create a desire in your horse to see and choose YOU as his leader - the outcome feels magical! Learn how to turn your horsemanship skills into true connection through working with your horse at greater distances and prepare him for working with you at liberty. Study the Connection module with Mel and learn about positive reflexes and how this will encourage your horse to move and use his body properly. Renew your horses interest and strengthen your communication by working on longer ropes. Give your horse more options and discover how to use release to motivate your horse to follow your suggestions. Through all of this you will continue to develop your feel and timing, preparing your for better communication when riding in your bridle later on. Pre requisites: Ideally to have completed Level 1 but at least to have Module 1 completed. QS Student Price $420 (Due 3/8/18) Full Price $500 *You can confirm your position in this event with a deposit of $200. All monies are non refundable. Auditors welcome – $40/day for members, $50/day non member Contact Elise on 0401 798 584 to book your spot. Connection Clinic Murbah Sept 18.pdf
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    Older horses and QS

    Isn't it funny how things just seem to 'work out' Lovely story Tracy! Look forward to seeing Apollo sometime soon.
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    A New Way to Fail

    Hey Helen, I second what Alexia said The question of pain is always a reason for behaviour and if I may share some things I have found with all the training I have done with horses? Mostly if there is pain, then you would notice a reaction of some type or reluctance to do something consistently after a certain action - such as going over the jumps, canter transition, yielding their hindquarters. Something that causes them to use their body in a certain way that causes the pain, not necessarily from just asking them to walk forward unless something is really bad but I think you would see that when he is moving around in the paddock. It sounds like you are taking good care of him physically and after 5 days off, he might have liked his holiday Plus you gave him LOTS of comfort for rolling and he did it again and you let him go. Pretty sure he will try that again so as Alexia said, step up ask him to go and no comfort for trying to roll. You are in charge. Once you work through who is in charge then look for things that he may be struggling to do, to let you know if there is a physical problem. It can sometimes be a tough call deciding if something is your leadership or a physical problem for the horse. So make sure you are asking nicely and confidently, and have a good look for the things I mentioned above. And yes, filming some assignments so your coach can check out what is going on can help you in making that decision too.
  8. Please join me in congratulating Tracy Marshall from Surrey in the UK and her beautiful boy, Buster for completing their Level 1 Assignments!! Tracy has done an awesome job with Buster and has kept her focus to achieve their Level 1 and set herself up with awesome skills to start her journey with a new horse. Well done Tracy!!
  9. Please join me in congratulating Donna Watt from Ballarat, Victoria and her wonderful horse Betty for completing their Level 1 Assignments. I am very proud of you Donna, you have worked very hard to achieve this with Betty who is only 3 YO. Well done, you deserve every Blue Tick and enjoy your journey into Level 2 with her!
  10. A big belated Congratulations to you Bodil! Well done
  11. This year the Victorian Practise Groups all got together for our 2018 Worlds Biggest Play Day. Members from Wimmera, Mallee Riders, Ballarat and Lara and Little River Practise Groups all met up at Horsham to celebrate this years theme - 'Quantum Games' We all had an absolute blast! Starting the day off with a parade of all of our costumes, then onto having a play with some QSports patterns and Dressage tests. After lunch we had a bit of fun with some relay races - for some reason everyone was more than happy to do them online but reluctant to try the bending race ridden with 1 rein. BUT everyone gave it a go and had a lot of fun with it. We topped the day off with a splash in the river - of course the Brumbies lapped it up Of course none of these events would be an event without the FOOD! There were splashes of chocolate and some Hot Cross Buns - an awesome spread for lunch and WAY too much for our BBQ Tea at the end of the day. It was so lovely to see everyone from all the different areas getting together and having so much fun. A HUGE thank you goes to our wonderful host, Adele Marshall who organised the food, venue and the fabulous edible medals.
  12. You are awesome Jen! Arora (and all of your other Brumbies) are so lucky to have fallen into your hands. Well done on showing us all how well the programme works to build a solid, dependable horse.
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    Just a thank you...

    Awesome news Simone! Great to hear that Bindy is happy with your choice. Yes we do need to listen to our horses more don't we
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    New payment option for members.

    Great news! Thanks Shane.