Paddock Paradise… part 3

Well, my paddock paradise is pretty much finished and the horses will be introduced into it tomorrow morning. They are still at the neighbour’s paddcok and I am looking forward to see how they react to the new layout of their paddock.

Here is  a slideshow of the track and the layout of the paddock.

It will be interesting to see how it will evolve. I still have to put in some feed stations for salt/mineral licks, maybe one for kelp and decide where I will finally put the automatic waterer which is gravity fed from the rainewater tank, the gray one in the pictures.

I am looking forward to your comments.

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Creating a Paddock Paradise… part 2

I got my book a few days ago and started reading immediately and wow. I am loaded with ideas and have been working on my paddock paradise for past two days and I am now waiting for some tread-in posts to finish off my track.

I am quite stunned at how much track I can have on just 1.75 acres, which also has a 20m x 40m arena, a  13.5m (44′) round yard and 3 yards of 8m x 8m. A rough measure of the track had me smiling broadly as it is roughly 300m long and if I do add the driveway and walk ways to it surrounding in the house yard I get another 300m which is covered in road base and will do a wonderful job of giving my horses a trim. I will have to take photos soon and put them to this post. Continue reading

Creating a Paddock Paradise… part 1

One of my biggest problems is that I really don’t have enough room to house 3 horses with about 1.75 acres of space for them on our 2.5 acre block. When I enquired at council in regards to the regulations about having horses on your semi rural (aka peri-urban) block I was told that having 1 horse per acre is acceptable. Now that is one acre of pasture, not meaning a one acre block. So you can see, I actually have a bit of a dilemma… 3 horses on effectively 1.75 acres of pasture. Ooops… I am severly overstocked here.

I am very lucky to have incredible neighbours who allow me to have the horse eat down their grass, and if I add up all those acres as well, I have about 20 acres at my disposal… how is that? Sounds fantastic right? I appreciate that I can put the horses around the neighbourhood, but I really want to have them close at home.

Cover of Paddock Paradise by Jaime Jackson

Cover of Paddock Paradise by Jaime Jackson

I’ve heard of Jaime Jackson’s book “Paddock Paradise” quite a while ago, and it had me intrigued, though I ordered the book only a couple of days ago. I wasn’t sure if it is really what I wanted so I did a lot of research and I am converted. I am going to create a Paddock Paradise for my horses, as it doesn’t matter how big or small your property is, you can create a paddock paradise.

While I am waiting for my new book to read, I have been doing some research on the net and here are some links that you might like to have a look with me:

Paddock Paradise

Paddock Paradise Wiki

Paddock Paradise in Wales, UK

I am pretty inspired and am going to draw a plan of the property so I can have an idea how I will lay out my track, where to put feeding stations and where to have watering points. What types of surfaces I will install etc.  It will be quite some work but well worth it if I can keep my horses at home permanently.

How Attractive Are You To Your Horse?

Hi All,

have you ever thought about the above question? This is a question we ask ourself at Quantum Savvy a lot and you may be intrigued what it is all about. Meredith Ransley explains it really well in her article.

Just How Attractive Are You To Your Horse?

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When it comes to your relationship to your horse, how would you rate yourself? As attractive or unattractive? While the concept itself may seem an odd one and most likely its one most of us have never considered, from your horse’s point of view it can be crucial to your success … or lack of it. Continue reading

Scientific Horsemanship

Yesterday on our Australian ABC1, the programme Catalyst, looked at Horsemanship and how science is showing that taking the horse ‘s natural behaviour into account when training, outstanding results can be achieved.

You can watch this video here: http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/2494999.htm 

As you all know I am learing a training method called Release Focused Training (TM) which was developed by Shane and Meredith Ransley founders of Quantum Savvy.  In their programme we learn a lot about horse’s natural behaviour, how they react to stimuli, and how we as humans can learn their language to gain a better understanding why horses do what they do. This in turn helps us to be able to connect with our horses, become leaders for them, a leadership based on understanding and trust, not on dominance.

You don’t need to dominate a horse to be a good leader, what you need is the trust of your horse and you have to trust your horse that it will do as you asked. Using phases properly, will actually develop a soft, responsive horse who willingly do for you what you asked.

The beauty now is that with current studies into Equine Behaviour and how horses learn, gives Release Focused Training (TM) a scientific footing and that is very exciting. I really believe, that one day, the gentle and now scientific programme of Release Focused Training (TM) will be the gold standard for horse training.

Have a look at this video clip from the Catalyst programme and compare it with what Meredith says in her article “Release Focused Training” and what Shane said about it in his interview with the Natural Horse Network.

Although the programme focused on Dr. Andrew McClean and the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre, it is a wonderful endorsement for Release Focused Training as taught by Quantum Savvy.

Cheers

My Property

When we moved onto our 2.5acre peri-urban block I promised my husband that I would have more not less grass within a years time. He just chuckled and said, “we’ll see.”

I had bought Jane’s book “Managing horses on small properties”, read it from cover and cover and went about to put her suggestions and resources provided into practise. I also sought advise from the local agronomist and farm supplies stores and gained valuable information about the grass/pasture species best suited to the soil I had in the area I live in.

Though on 2.5 acres, the actual area the horses can use is more like 1 and ¾ acre, but a valuable land resource was found at my neighbours, all on small acreages and more than willing to have the horses on their land occasionally to help with ‘slashing’ their grass. With the knowledge and support I gained, I was able to establish a rotational grazing system that allowed me to start improving my pasture. Continue reading

An Interview with Shane Ransley

Hi All,

Shane gave an interview on Natural Horse Network not too long ago about Release Focused Training and how it is used to build a horses confidence and create a great partnership with our equine friends. The core principles of Release Focused Training are:

* Horses should have options
* Horses learn by when comfort is offered
* Success is found by following a repeatable programme

Enjoy the programme

Cheers

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