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Visual Art Feedback

10 September 2017 - 05:35 AM

Hi everyone.

For Visual Art in school we are required to make a wearable art piece that represents our personal cultures. My chosen cultures were Natural Horsemanship and Nature. I have represented these cultures by creating a matching set of horseshoe and feather necklaces with leather thread for Darcy and I.

I would really value your feedback and responses to my work. Do you think I have represented these cultures well? Do you think the materials used represented the cultures well? Do you find it aesthetically pleasing to view? Do you have any suggestions for improvements or modifications?

Thank you in advance :D

Instant Stop

09 September 2017 - 11:11 AM

Hi everyone.

Today I was out having a play with Darcy and trying out sets of 4 small jumps in a row. I was slowly building them up from ground poles, to cross poles and then to small jumps about 30cm high.

I had just propped up all 4 poles to a 30cm jump. I sent Darcy out and around then asked him over the jumps. I didn't have enough energy so he barely had any impulsion and I knew he would knock all of the poles down; so I just thought "stop" as he went over the first jump and he instantly did! He landed his front feet on one side of the jump and his hind feet were on the starting side. He just looked at me like he didn't know he could do that and he wasn't sure what to do next.

I gave him a big rub (and a carrot) then I asked him over the row again with no problem and enough impulsion.

I just thought this was really cool and thought I would share it if anyone else has experienced a similar thing.

Incorrect Canter Lead

28 August 2017 - 05:31 AM

Hi everyone.

Darcy is becoming a relaxed and soft little Arabian now, but he still has a lot of trouble picking up the correct canter lead going to the right.

I know that he can canter with that lead completely fine, as I have seen him running around in the paddock, cantering on the 22" rope and cantering ridden with the correct lead.

My question is regarding how I give him release for the correct lead so that he sees the comfort in getting that lead. Should I let him canter for a little while or stop him after a few strides? He likes to canter so I'm inclined to let him do a lap around the arena; but I'm also not sure if maybe I need to be stopping him after a few strides to let him think about it and have a lick/chew?

Also, if he picks up the wrong lead should I ask again, stop him then ask again, stop him completely or let him canter on the wrong lead?

Thank you in advance :)

Going down in the float

05 August 2017 - 03:08 AM

Hi everyone.

Today my friend and her Dad came to pick Darcy and I up in their float to go on a trail ride. I let Darcy check out the float and asked him in, and he loaded without a problem. We left and as we were driving out of the estate down the hill Darcy started scrambling badly and my friends Dad stopped the car and I jumped out to open the door of the float.

Darcy had slipped and was sitting like a dog in the float. Luckily Darcy was really calm and my friend and her dad ran in. Darcy was still slipping and we had to quickly remove all of the dividers so that he didn't get his head caught.

After all of the dividers were out Darcy was laying on the floor, but we were able to pull Darcy's front leg out from underneath him so that he could stand up.

After a few seconds he stood up and stood there very calmly. I backed him out and walked him around and he was ok (except for a poopy bum).

After that I walked him home and loaded him in and out of out float to make sure he was ok with the float. When I let him go into his paddock he went and rolled straight away, and could get up and down without a problem.


My question is about why he went down. We think his back legs slipped out from underneath him and that is how he came to be sitting, but I don't know why he lost his balance. He has never done anything like this before and my friends Dad knows how to tow a float and was going very slow. I find it very strange as well because Darcy goes up and down that hill in our float nearly every weekend. Darcy has also been in lots of different floats with and without electric brakes and with different floors and dividers without a problem. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

I also just want to add that I am very great full to QS. If we hadn't have been part of QS, I would have most likely tied Darcy's leadrope up in the float (which could have been devastating) and Darcy would most likely not have been as calm as he was.

Thank you

Personal space whilst hand-grazing

11 June 2017 - 08:49 AM

Hello everyone. I have a question regarding personal space whilst hand-grazing Darcy.

A few days ago after the Liberty clinic with Mel, I had a thought while I was hand-grazing Darcy. Over the 2 days of the clinic I had learnt a lot about listening to my horse through reading his body language and how to really protect my personal space; yet still respect his.

This leads me to my question. As I hand-graze Darcy, he will often shift his weight towards me or somewhat step in my direction with his foreleg. Is this him making the most of this time and pushing in on my space, or is he just trying to get a nice patch of grass that's close to me; or ever a combination of both?

Thank you