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Aust -W.A. – Green Horse Foundation

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It is a common occurrence where riders get their horses started and then are faced with; what do I do next.  How do you progress to developing a dependable saddle horse. Green horses is not age specific as you can have a 10 year old horse that in terms of advancement is still a 3 year old.  This course is for those riders with green horses and includes both a ground and ridden element to the course. It is about advancing your understanding and knowledge on both the ground and under saddle. Learning what to do if your horse gets tight under saddle when you are riding and how to better prepare your horse on the ground.

There are different course and lesson days in this block for green horses and above. If you can please contact Jenny Jackson for more information on which days may be best suited

To apply for the course, please download an application form by clicking on the button below and email or contact the Jenny Jackson.

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Aust – QLD – Green Horse Foundation

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It is a common occurrence where riders get their horses started and then are faced with; what do I do next.  How do you progress to developing a dependable saddle horse. Green horses is not age specific as you can have a 10 year old horse that in terms of advancement is still a 3 year old.  This course is for those riders with green horses and includes both a ground and ridden element to the course. It is about advancing your understanding and knowledge on both the ground and under saddle. Learning what to do if your horse gets tight under saddle when you are riding and how to better prepare your horse on the ground.

To apply for the course, please download an application form by clicking on the button below and email the course form to; info@davidstuart.com.au

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Aust – Qld – Foundation Horsemanship

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This course is for those that have already had prior tuition and or experience and are looking to advance past the introduction horsemanship stages. The course still covers both ground and ridden exercises

The ground skills will prepare you and your horse for riding and help improve your horses self confidence.

The ridden section aims to advance riders onwards from the introduction course and help riders learn practical skills that they can apply to everyday situations while giving an understanding of flexion and balance.

Depending on the level of course participants this course would have ground skills in the morning and riding in the afternoon.

To apply for a course, please download an application form by clicking on the button below.  Please find contact details below or go to www.ansteadacres.com.au

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Aust – Qld – Green Horse Foundation

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It is a common occurrence where riders get their horses started and then are faced with; what do I do next.  How do you progress to developing a dependable saddle horse. Green horses is not age specific as you can have a 10 year old horse that in terms of advancement is still a 3 year old.  This course is for those riders with green horses and includes both a ground and ridden element to the course. It is about advancing your understanding and knowledge on both the ground and under saddle. Learning what to do if your horse gets tight under saddle when you are riding and how to better prepare your horse on the ground.

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A Website Blog For Spring

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Spring is on the way, at least in the southern hemisphere.  Since my last blog a few months ago we have had a course in Central Queensland at Emerald and have upcoming courses in the next few months at Emerald , Brisbane and at the end of the year in Western Australia.

We have also been doing some virtual courses in the U.K. I was unsure how these would go and thus far the feedback has been great. This weekend we are in the New Forrest. We have a yard full of young horses in for starting with some due to go home over the next few days.

I have written a horsemanship article below for all

When putting theses articles together I try and come up with a topic that is beneficial to everyone. This time there is not a topic, just a conversation.

In recent horse conversations, we were speaking about horses taking over. As they are a herd animal, it can be their nature to do so. With developing your horse you may need to revisit exercises, ground and ridden for the horse to understand and learn and become solid. You would try and do this in a way that was not drilling and had both consistency and variety.

Some horses will pick up on things very quickly and others not as quickly. When the horse makes a change or a try, then give some recess for the horse. Some horses will pick up on things and start to anticipate and that is mostly a good thing. What happens for riders is that they stay there a little to0 long and then what works for them starts to work against them, the horse starts to take over.

Riding with accuracy and learning to be particular without being critical is an awareness that can be of benefit. With a young or green horse you will not be as particular as you might with a horse that was further down the line.  You would still begin with the end in mind, you might want to back up 5 steps and be straight. You may get 7 steps and not be straight.

I am also of the view that when you approach your horsemanship in this way it creates discipline within both the rider and horse. You don’t want fear, although the horse’s self preservation may come out at times, in time you will have confidence and understanding.

 

Aust – Horsemanship / Cow Working

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This course also includes a horsemanship element to it as well. The cow working element includes the tracking of cattle and working cattle from the herd. This course also includes the use of a mechanical cow.

The cow or bovine species is a prey animal and relates to things in very much the same way as a horse does.

This course is a great example of combining principle and purpose. Cow working has a lot of the ingredients of other sports in that a horse has to be able to lengthen and shorten when rating a cow, much the same as a horse would when jumping combinations, he needs to have good weight distribution and impulsion, and show athleticism –and at the same time can be a lot of fun!

To apply for a course, please download an application form by clicking on the button below. Further details on course pricing can be found on page 3 of the form.

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Aust – W.A. – Lesson Day

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This is a lesson day for those that are wanting to progress with their horsemanship.  The format of the day will be a ground school followed by riding.  Depending on horses, subject material may vary from trailer loading, spooking , transitions, hind and fore quarter yields.

To apply for a course, please download an application form by clicking on the button below.

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October Blog News

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It has been a while since I last put pen to paper and since then we have been busy. With horses continuing to arrive for starting,  we have had courses as well. One last weekend in Brisbane at Anstead Acres, thank you to Pam Andrews and all involved,  it was a great 3 days and a great venue. In September we had a home course that involved some local cattle stations and was a follow up to a course a couple of months earlier. It was great seeing the improvement in everyone.

We also had an interview with the online Equestrian Life Magazine, a link to the article is below.

http://www.equestrianlife.com.au/articles/From-Nebo-to-the-world

There is is also a new Horse Deals article coming out in the next month or so.

The cover over the the round pen works well and will be much appreciated during summer for not only when starting horses but also courses as well. While the year is not over yet, we feel that there has been a lot accomplished during some quite challenging times. To all our friends and family wherever you are, stay safe and healthy.

Below is a horsemanship article that we trust you all enjoy.

Having not been able to travel for the last 6 months or so has given me an opportunity to start more horses here at home. There has been a wide selection of horses coming through and all are different. Some horses are more friendly and others not so, so have bucked and others not etc.

Reading the horse that you have in front of you and where they are at today and working at their level is important. Many times we are all guilty of saying that our horse was not like that at home or yesterday our horse was perfect.  Developing that dependable riding horse takes time and consistency on our part. Over time that then transfers into a dependable saddle horse that you can take anywhere.

When you on the ground with your horse or in the saddle, look at your horse’s expression, when you change the flag from one side to the other, does the expression change. Paying attention to the expression in different situations can really help in reading your horse.

I have spoken quite a bit about flexion and balance at times this year. Recently I was watching a horse who was prone to bucking. I had a rope around the girth and you could really see the horse would brace against the rope, in a couple of different ways. The flexion and balance was not there and in the initial few rides this was the same. When I rode this horse the first few times I would only sit there quietly, standing still and bending and doing a lot of rubbing. As the horse started to let down more and become more accepting you could feel the flexion starting to change from the withers back. It is not just the outside that you need to be able to see it is what do you feel on the inside of the horse.

 

 

 

U.K. – Shropshire – Green Horse Foundation

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This course is split into a morning session and afternoon session. The morning session willl be an introduction session and will involve primarily a ground skills with an introduction to riding on the second day. The advanced session will also involve ground skills and riding, the focus will be on riding on both days. The riding for the advanced sessions will focus more on transitions and improving your horses impulsion.

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UK – Ireland – Intermediate

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This course is for those that have already had prior tuition and or experience and are looking to advance past the introduction horsemanship stages.

The ground skill segment will prepare you and your horse for riding and where appropriate gives an introduction to work in the round pen.

The ridden section aims to advance riders onwards from the introduction course and help riders learn practical skills that they can apply to everyday situations. This segment of the course aims to help riders learn how to improve your horse’s impulsion from the horse that won’t go to the horse that has too much go..

Depending on the level of course participants this course would have ground skills in the morning and riding in the afternoon.

To apply for a course, please download an application form by clicking on the button below. Further details on course pricing can be found on page 3 of the form.

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