An equestrian journey in outback Australia and more!

RIDING DIARY
Bareback Track to Finding Balance

Bareback Track to Finding Balance

Finding your center of balance and being aware of your weight distribution enables a higher level of communication when riding horses. I find, riding bareback enables you to achieve greater body awareness. When bareback, every stride can bump you into a different position whereas if you’re riding in a saddle you are seemingly ‘glued’ to...
Positive Progress!

Positive Progress!

Being positive in your mind is the key to having motivation and being able to challenge yourself and your horse. To have a ‘good’ horse ride (whatever you consider a good horse ride to be) make sure you get into the right mindset. I like to think about what I want to achieve in my...
Consistency with Kadill

Consistency with Kadill

Kadill is and always will be, a character. He is definitely the most extroverted horse I have ever met!! Our ride today was really good, he moved off my leg instantly and to the pressure of a flea, so nice! Also, his sensitivity to my seat, leg and hand aids is unreal, which means that...
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...
Kadill's Capabilities

Kadill’s Capabilities

Progression is a very open ended word… I feel Kadill and I are progressing, although something still just doesn’t feel quite right, his hind quarters aren’t as active as I would like and I can’t seem to get Kadill to ‘work into the bridle’ as much as he is capable of. So I ask you...
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...
Kadill... Not such a Dill!

Kadill… Not such a Dill!

Kadill, what a treasure he was today! For not being ridden for a few weeks due to injury… running through a fence… Kadill was cool, calm and collected! I was able to ask for a speed within each gait and he held it. We only worked on transitions and a touch of extension work to...
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!...
Riding Progress with Mr Baxter

Riding Progress with Mr Baxter

Ride on Baxter, so much fun, moving forward has improved out of sight and he is working long and low really well (as far as I can tell when riding alone anyway!). PHOTO. Working ‘long and low’ from inside leg to outside hand…although excuse my hand over the wither… a little tricky riding and taking...
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