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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.

 

 

 

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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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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UK – New Forest – Horsemanship Experience

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The Horsemanship Experience course is about giving course participants more depth and scope to their overall horsemanship. The course aims to incorporate many elements of horsemanship, from colt starting or young horse handling to lateral work, engagement and jumping.

The courses combine both principle and purpose and are a lot of fun! The content varies from course to course and is dependent on the horses and riders that turn up. Whichever path the course takes, it is always interesting, exciting and will move your horsemanship along in leaps and bounds.

Participants and their horses will learn how to develop better weight distribution and impulsion, improve their horse’s level of engagement and athleticism using lateral exercises leading to the self-carriage of the horse.

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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UK – Shropshire – Young Horse Training

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Young Horse Starting Modules are 4 weeks long. Owners may attend at any time by prior arrangement to view the progress of their horses. At the end of the module owners will have the opportunity to receive tuition with their horse.

The training module will cover:

Ground work
Manners when handling on the ground
Catching
Jumps
Picking up of feet and shoeing preparation
Tying up
Trailer loading
Ridden
Riding at all gaits
Riding outside
Riding over and around obstacles
Trail Riding
Introduction to the snaffle
Saddling
For more information on Young Horse Starting/ Foundation Training and Problem Solving please go to the horse training section of the website.

Please fill out the Young Horse Training PDF form and email or mail.

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UK – Scotland – Horsemanship Experience

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The Horseman’s Experience course is about giving course participants more depth and scope to their overall horsemanship. The course aims to incorporate many elements of horsemanship, from colt starting or young horse handling to lateral work, jumping and cow working.

Participants will also gain an insight into how to apply the same prey animal psychology that we use with horses to cattle. This course combines both principle and purpose and can be a lot of fun! The content varies from course to course and is dependent on the horses and riders on the course. Whichever direction the course flows, it is always interesting and will move your horsemanship along in leaps and bounds.

In the UK we will not be using real cattle, but have a perfect mechanical substitute! Though the cow working and jumping phases, course participants and their horses will learn how to develop better weight distribution and impulsion and improve their horses level of engagement and athleticism. Other exercises will also help with impulsion and engagement.

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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