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UK – New Forest – Virtual Course

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The virtual courses are an addition to our regular courses.  Where with the use of technology you are able to receive instruction from David while he is at home in Australia.

The virtual courses where trialled last year in the U.K. and were well received. For more information on these courses please contact Tina on the contact details below.

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 – 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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U.K. – Shropshire – Virtual Course

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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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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 -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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A March Autumn

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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.

Working from a saddle horse

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.

 

 

 

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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