While it may be the start of Australian Autumn, in Central Queensland it feels more like the beginning of Summer. I thought my temperature gauge was broken as it has been stuck on 40 degrees celsius or above for the last few weeks.
In the last few weeks we have done a green horse course in Bowen in Central Queensland and we were to do a course in Brisbane, that has now been rescheduled for the middle of June due to the recent floods.
We have been busy with stock work on my families cattle property and are continuing to add additional improvements. My welding and fabrication skills are not strong, but I have found someone with that skill set.
In the coming weeks and months I have private courses in North Queensland and in New South Wales. At the end of April, depending on covid I am back in Western Australia and we are looking to have a home course in the middle of the year. There will also be additional courses added once confirmed.
Below I have written a horsemanship article on working with the blind spot, I hope all enjoy.
The Blind Spot;
Can really get riders into a lot of trouble, horses have a blind spot, almost directly behind them and also in front of them and under their neck. Getting horses confident in these areas is really important. At times horses will spook, go to bucking, bolting etc because of not being accepting of movement or motion in these areas.
On the ground when using a flag if you are too sudden with your movement and go underneath a young or green horses neck with the flag, they may strike with their front feet or escape backwards. Have your horses solid when changing eyes and going through that blind spot, you would like them to be really smooth when changing eyes.
Using a saddle horse also helps for your green or young horse to be able to see you from above them before you get on. I have put a small video on social media and if you go to my facebook page David Stuart you should be able to view the video. This video probably gives more understanding than my words do. ( we are also amateur video editors as well ).
I hope you all enjoy.