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2.28. Believe And It Will Be

"If you think you can you will, if you think you can’t, you won’t, either way you’ll be right."

In the front pages of all of the Quantum Savvy theory books from our lesson packs, is a short list of key elements needed in order to achieve any measure of success not just with horses but in all facets in life.

3.24. Rein-Seat Connection

This is a term used when explaining the type of communication transferred from rider to horse when doing Contact Riding. Basically is describes the direct link from human to horse.

3.3. Reward The Slightest Try – The Offer

So what does it mean to reward the slightest try? Have you ever seen someone, or maybe it’s happened to you, trying really, really hard to achieve something with a horse and it’s just not happening? Then someone else comes along who is maybe a higher level and asks the horse to do the same thing and he does it straight away? It can leave you scratching your head in wonder, trying to figure out just what happened. Especially if it didn’t look as though they did anything all that different.

2.18. Ambidextrous – Both Sides Of The Story

You may have noticed already that just because you and your horse can do something well on one side or in one direction, it does not necessarily mean that it will be equally as good on the other.

Just like us, horses tend to be right or left sided. While most humans are right handed, the majority of horses tend to be left sided. That is, they tend to be happier and softer on the left side than the right.

3.14. Horseman’s Stick Riding

At this point of the QS programme, as we make our way through Level 3, we will primarily ride with two Horseman’s Sticks, testing and proving our independent seat and balance. Stick riding shows that we no longer rely on our reins for balance, that our confidence and independent seat have progressed and that our horses are listening to our legs, seat and focus.

2.29. Contact Riding / Soft Feel

Through the Level 2 section of the programme so far, we have increased our respect and leadership levels by playing with our horses on longer lines with more challenging and provocative tasks. We have built our vocabulary and fluency by beginning liberty in a round yard.

3.25. Body Dynamics In Contact Riding

At this level, it’s imperative to be really conscious of your body dynamics. With two short reins and more intricate manoeuvres, your accuracy and offer will be more and more important.

One of the necessary elements in achieving success with horses at this level is how much ‘try’ we have. To come this far in the programme proves just how much you have, which is to your credit. Be very aware however, that sometimes when we try, it’s very easy to almost try too hard. When we try too hard, we tend to start to make.

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?

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