Below is a little report from today. Thankyou for having me at Que sera Farm..
I had a lovely day, coaching at the beautiful Que Sera Farm at Biddaddaba. All the riders were very enthusiastic, and keen to improve.
We worked on Machelle Baruksopulo’s and young Maci Cottrell’s confidence, encouraging both of them to let go of the ‘handbrake’ and allow their horses to self-carry, travel freely and perhaps even make a mistake, so we could turn it into a training opportunity.
With Alistair Schramm, who travelled all the way from Toowoomba, we worked on a more effective rider position in canter to influence a more uphill way of going, as well as developing more self carriage and a softer connection.
For young Ruby Goldsmith and Chelsea Gatti, we worked on the horses understanding of seeking the contact, being more fussy with the quality of transitions and the importance of accuracy.
For Marlies Ravn’s young horse, we worked on developing more suppleness, self carriage and started adjusting some gears in the trot and canter; and with Danielle Jackson’s even younger horse, we introduced the concept of leg yielding, strived for one trot in balance and in self-carriage, and in the canter, we worked on obedience to Danielle’s line, and again for some more shape and balance.
For Alice Cooper’s more established horse, we worked on more self-carriage, crisp and light transitions, and on being more effective with lighter aids.
For Kerrie Skinner, we continued with the idea of inviting her horse to engage the muscles of the topline and carry herself, in all the transitions, gaits and lateral work.
All the riders improved wonderfully throughout the session, and I hope to have given all some homework.
Thankyou to all the riders for putting yourselves in my hands for the sessions, and giving it a go.