An equestrian journey in outback Australia and more!

Breaker Oakley
Training Joy and Creaky Bones

Training Joy and Creaky Bones

Time flies and we come a long way since I last posted on Oakley!! We have had some training woes and minor battles and some huge positive steps forward. Our balance at walk, trot and canter has improved dramatically and I have been keeping on with obstacles as well as training to leg yield and...
Next Step - Contact With the Bit

Next Step – Contact With the Bit

With months of trail riding and testing our bravery over banks, in water and out and about, I decided to start our journey into some more rigorous training by firstly, and gently attempting to obtain some contact on the bit with Oakley. Here are some snaps of Oakley and I and our very early attempts...
Paddock Party!

Paddock Party!

The most beautiful day. Rain just seems to make everything better, paddocks are getting greener and puddles are everywhere… so Oakley and I made the most of it! Continuing Oakley’s training, today we worked on more obstacles including water, logs, dam banks and moving around sheep. We tested each gait and Oakley is improving his...
'Splish Splash'...

‘Splish Splash’…

I tackled water for the first time with Oakley today… the first few steps were hesitant but with reassurance and persistent re-direction to face the super sized puddle we walked in! I got a tad worried with Oakley’s pawing in the puddle that he wanted to roll in it (with me on his back!) rather...
Back on Board!

Back on Board!

Forgiving of my wobbliness following 8 months off, Baxter and Oakley were both very gentle and kind while we walked and trotted around the paddock and arena, just like I’d never stopped riding! Oakley moseyed past a barking dog and wheelbarrows and got a bit excited about the whole experience but held himself together and...
Wooly Work for Oakley

Wooly Work for Oakley

Sheep seem to be Oakley’s new favourite thing! The past month has been full of  rides with new challenging obstacles and moving a mob of sheep was the first challenge! Steep slopes, mud, stepping over small jumps, logs, rocky outcrops and lots of cantering practice, Oakley will tackle anything! We have also had a little...
Taking it Easy...

Taking it Easy…

The last few weeks have been dedicated to riding around the paddocks on a loose rein, pony heads relaxed, walking and trotting over green grass, contour banks, rocky outcrops and down roads. Oakley has been a champion with our walk, trot and canter all coming along swimmingly J Obviously I’m not riding Harley, but we’ve...
Out in the Wide Open World!

Out in the Wide Open World!

Oakley and I are up to our 6th ride! For ride number 5 we worked on improving our balance in trot by riding around the whole jump and dressage arena area ‘bowling’ along in trot. Oakley is improving his balance on every ride, though we sill feel a little wobbly! Ride Number six we ventured...
Breaking-In Oakley ~ Progress up to Our Fourth Ride

Breaking-In Oakley ~ Progress up to Our Fourth Ride

We are now up to our fourth ride, here is a recap on our rides so far… Ride Number 2 Having had time to think about the first ride, Oakley walked forward without hesitation as I gently squeezed my lower calf on his tummy while also asking to walk on with my voice. For our...
Our First Ride!!

Our First Ride!!

Today was the day of my very first ride on Oakley!!!!!! The photo’s can do most of the story telling, though we rode for between 5 to 10 minutes, in walk only practicing one rein stops every five to ten meters. I found achieving forward movement the hardest part, which was definitely a good thing....
Building Blocks for Breaking-In

Building Blocks for Breaking-In

Groundwork with Oakley Today, again we did some mouthing work on Oakley, he is taking to it like a duck to water. I suppose one of the great benefits of working so closely with a horse as it grows up does pay off! I have developed a great relationship with Oakley and am so proud to...
Yee Haa!

Yee Haa!

So… I’ve been a little slack on the blog front! A little re-cap of my last two weeks of horse escapades will cover all the fun! HORSING AROUND QUAIRADING Our first get together for the year was held today! A great day out to catch up about our own progress with our horses and share...
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