An equestrian journey in outback Australia and more!

Baxter’s Progress
'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...
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...
Is it a Bit Issue?

Is it a Bit Issue?

I’m a huge fan of smooth, ‘soft’, snaffle bits and think that if you cannot control your horse in a snaffle bit then you may consider getting your horse re-trained or even taking more drastic measures ie. Ride a different horse you can control in a snaffle bit. I have always ridden Baxter in a...
The 'Hot Head' of Thoroughbreds

The ‘Hot Head’ of Thoroughbreds

Today I set up a shade shelter next to the arena, the flapping tent proved to be a serious worry for Baxter! Baxter showed his anxious racing day personality, which comes out from time to time and makes achieving relaxation and focus very hard with him! How to deal with anxiety when riding a thoroughbred?...
Eventing Cinic Excitement ~ Aadom SHS

Eventing Cinic Excitement ~ Aadom SHS

An eventing day with a difference! Baxter and I attended our clinic yesterday, run by Aadom Sporthorse Stud and the amazing Allison Domney. The day started with the usual pack up and float load, Baxter was so excited we were going on an adventure he practically ran onto the float! On with the two hour...
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...
Flatwork Routines and Jumping Away!

Flatwork Routines and Jumping Away!

We’ve had some great rides lately so I thought I’d better do some updates! We’ve also finally got out to the jumping yard to get flying… some pictures just for fun! Ride 1 We started with a light warm-up and some bending to loosen up and stretch Baxters neck muscles and body. On a loose...
Moving, Transitions and Lateral Work

Moving, Transitions and Lateral Work

Great forward moving, transitions and lateral work today. Mr Baxter was taking a lot more responsibility for his own speed rather than relying on me to push him, go Bax! To achieve our transitions, preparation was the key (as always), especially because Baxter is one of those horses that gets easily confused and doesn’t cope...
'Tis the Season to be Horsey!

‘Tis the Season to be Horsey!

We are so fortunate in the country to have such happy, supportive horsey people. ‘Horsing Around Quairading’ is a very small adult riders group that gives the title ‘laid back’ a run for it’s money! ‘Horsing Around’ was established in 2008 with the intention of getting our horses together for a bit of socialising and...
Finding Forward

Finding Forward

We started today as always on a long rein plodding around the arena, once we’d done a lap I decided to work on Baxter’s forward buttons. A small squeeze of the lower leg initially didn’t get much response… so a sharp push with my legs and Baxter shot forward. I believe that forward movement shouldn’t...
Damsel in Dressage

Damsel in Dressage

Training horses sometimes dictates good days and sometimes, not such good days when your progress dwindles and you think all your hard work has just flown out the window. Mr Baxter and I had one of those days today. Baxter’s forward movement was anything but forward and our transitions were average to say the least!...
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