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3.4. Playing On Longer Lines

As we discussed in the previous articles, playing on longer lines can be a great leveller. The further away from you that your horse gets, the more options he has to do as you wish ... or not! This then is the ultimate test of how well you have been teaching your horse to go too comfort and how quickly and often you have rewarded the try. At 50’ feet, it’s pretty hard to make your horse do as you want.

2.19. Introducing The Snaffle

At this stage of the programme, it’s time to reintroduce the bit and bridle and for this purpose we will use a snaffle. We will discuss bits and bridles at length in a later article.

3.15. Stallions

So, what about stallions? If we are working with a horse’s instincts and playing the dominance games that horses play with each other, how do you go about successfully handling a stallion?

2.30. Cross Training Horsemanship

Can you imagine having a job where you just did the same old thing, day in - day out, without any variation? Where the routine never changed, just over and over the same tasks. In factories where the work is mundane, workers are periodically rotated to other jobs to prevent mental and emotional strain plus RSI type injuries from occurring.

3.27. Rhythm & Flow

Most things in nature have rhythm and flow, broken only by injury or attack. Any animal that can blend smoothly with its surroundings has a natural advantage, either for sneaking up on its prey or remaining inconspicuously hidden from its hunter.

Horses have survived for millennia on this planet, arguably longer than any other prey animal. As a species it has evolved and honed its survival skills and its ability to be a part of its environment to an art form. The instincts and hierarchy of the herd have become a part of the rhythm and flow of nature itself.

3.5. Mental, Emotional, Physical

Success with horses can be attributed to working specifically on three areas; namely mental fitness, emotional fitness and physical fitness. In the traditional world, great emphasis is placed on the physical aspects of horses and horse riding, generally however, little importance is placed on a horse’s mental and emotional wellbeing.

Study of all three of these areas is pivotal to success with horses and equally important to both the horse and the rider.

2.20. Level Two Impulsion Programmes – Strategies To Achieving A 5

The following programmes have impulsion or emotional fitness benefits for you, your horse or both. Some are for lengthening short horses, i.e. give them a bit more go; some are for shortening long horses, i.e. slow them down. Some are for both.

PROGRAMME

3.16. Support Reins & Horseman’s Sticks

Riding with two sticks affords you the perfect opportunity to isolate your rein positions and find out what’s working and what isn’t. The term ‘rein position’ can be misleading as each of these is more about getting your body position and dynamics right than it is about what the reins are actually doing.

2.31. Spirit

In a previous article we discussed impulsion in horses; some being long and impulsive, some being short and lacking impulsion. When looking at the temperament of the horse, it’s also important to look at the spirit of the horse, particularly if it is being chosen for a particular sport or rider’s ability.

3.28. Contact Riding - Finesse

Congratulations on reaching the last portion of the Foundation Programme portion of the Quantum Savvy educational system.

This is a fabulous milestone for you to have achieved, after an exciting and rewarding journey that will have seen you evolve as a natural horseman. We are proud and pleased that you have shown the commitment, dedication and focus needed to complete this part of the programme.

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