By Gavin Bartlett of White Pegasus Enterprises There’s another way to go about this, and that’s with feel, timing and balance.
It’s important to prepare a horse for floating real slow.
A lot slower than you might imaging.
And plenty of preparation.
The more the better.
A horse needs extra support and direction from a person.
I like to have my horses leading up real free and soft, coming forward off of pressure real soft and with a real nice feel.
I get them to backing up the same way.
The softer the better.
After a horse can get to leading and backing one step at a time, you can introduce some other objects to get him used to different situations.
You can stand by a fence or a rail and get him used to moving calm and quiet, soft and supple between you and the fence.
Look for any tension that might be in there.
As he gets more and more comfortable, close the gap little by little.
You can put him over some objects and obstacles, like a bridge or a teeter bridge.
Get him used to working over a tarp or a sheet of plastic.
Another important point to remember is to make sure your horse can be tied up, at least for about 5 minutes without fidgeting or pulling back on the lead.
Especially if you need to tie him in the float.
He needs to be able to come forward off of pressure, especially if he’s tied in the float.
With being in such a closed and confined space a horse can get to panicking pretty easy.
Once a has been prepared a little, (or a lot, the more the better) then I’ll introduce him to the float.
I don’t want to get to putting the whole horse in the float at the start.
I’ll bring him up pretty much one step at a time.
Even if all I get is one foot on the ramp to begin.
I’ll let him sit for a while, then I’ll back him off, and maybe take him for a little walk, and start again.
He needs to learn how to get out as he learns how to get in.
Remember, the best way to eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
Inch by inch it’s a cinch.
By the yard it’s hard, and by the mile it’s a pile.
The horse needs to get comfortable at the start. In the next part Gavin will cover in more detail a bit more about approaching and loading into the float www.sandalesaddlery.com.au Want to start a layby layby? Talk to us today! firstname.lastname@example.org H O R SE H O U SE T ID BIT S K irstie An sell s R epo rt on her recent Victorian Run Kirstie s had yet another massive run and this time she had Billy Raymont riding her big grey, Cameol .
At Shepparton World Cup Show, which was her first show on her new horse Balou (he d only done 2 Jump Clubs prior!) she placed 5th in the Young Rider Championship! Over to Wodonga World Cup Show, and Cameol had his first World Cup start with Billy Raymont where he jumped a clear and a 12 fault, landing them 8th place overall.
In Kirstie s words this was just a little exciting! .
Firing up the truck again, she headed over to Sale World Cup Show with Balou where she placed 5th in the Young Rider and then 4th in the Young Rider also.
Aaaaand off again, put-putting across the state to Tonimbuk World Cup Show and this was a biggie for Kirstie and her team.
Copabella Volcanic placed 2nd in the 1.25m great job! Cecil placed 4th in the 1.15m and then won the D Grade Championship also.
Way to go, Cecil ! Out popped Balou again where he placed 5th in the Future Stars comp.
Kirstie also took Balou in their very first Mini Prix start together and rode well, only receiving one time penalty.
Along with her string, Billy Raymont took Cameol out where they achieved 6th place in the C Grade Championship.
Good job, Billy and Cameol ! And finally, capping off the run, Team Ansell hit the Sydney Summer Classic where Balou came through with a 7th place in the Young Rider Qualifier 1 and then 6th in the Young Rider Qualifier 2.
Copabella Volcanic followed form, placing 5th in the 1.20m and then 3rd in the 1.20m 3rd.
Billy Raymont topped it all off with his ride on Cameol earning them the Winner of the Mini Prix Final.
They were the only clean round of the event! Great job, Kirstie, Billy and all your team.
We are all so proud of your efforts in 2012 and are so keen to see what 2013 brings for you! On a sad note, the only disappointment to their summer was when their beloved dog Mintie visited Sandale whilst on an enforced diet and stole an unknown quantity of dog treats.
Sadly, Mintie is now commonly known as the black sheep in the Ansell clan. www.sandalesaddlery.com.au While we write often about our sponsored riders, we d love to hear from all corners of our community.
Don t think you have to be sponsored to get a mention! email@example.com H O R SE H O U SE T ID BIT S E n d u ra n c eR id in g ,T H EQ U IL T Y a n dalo n gtim em a teo fo u rs ,M a rkJ o h n s o n Over the years, we ve had the pleasure of doing business with and then getting to know a bloke by the name of Mark Johnson.
We first met Mark when he was just north of the Coast managing a property called Piabun which was an organisation which helped Indigenous kids get back on track and get back to their roots.
Since then, Mark s been busy with life and all that it brings and has moved down south but he s never given up his passion for horses and in 2012, he ended a 10 year drought and lined up for The Quilty. Above is Mark and his horses, resting up.
Mark still buys Sandale Saddlery custom rugs for his team even though he s in NSW – they look great, Mark! The Tom Quilty Gold Cup is the brass ring for any endurance rider.
It s a test of determination, trust and endurance for both horse and rider, travelling for 24 hours and covering a massive 100 miles.
That s over 160kms for anybody born after 1970.
Think of it this way.
That is like riding your horse from Sandale Saddlery at Glenview all the way to Surfers Paradise in one day! Mark, himself, is a bit of a record breaker.
He became the first ever Aboriginal person to ride and place in The Quilty and now with his comeback ride, he has become the oldest Aboriginal person to ride and place in it too! (I m surprised the oldest rider was only 34 ?! That s right, isn t it, Mark?) Left is Mark receiving his trophy after winning the Heavyweight Division in the Tom Quilty Gold Cup. www.sandalesaddlery.com.au What do you have on offer that others could enjoy? Tell us today! firstname.lastname@example.org
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