WHISPERING SANDS EQUINE CENTRE
I commenced my Horsemanship journey back in 1994 with the Parelli system, and it was there that I first met Steve and Irena Halfpenny.
Steve was initially one of my principal instructors with Parelli, and when he started Silversand I was very lucky to be able to work closely with Steve, spending many hours watching and learning from him.
I have discovered that not all horseman/woman are the same, and it takes a rare individual who is not only exceptional, but who has the ability to pass on that knowledge.
If I wanted to grow within my horseman journey I had to travel extensively around Australia attending clinics, growing my horsemanship skills and spending time with many well known horsemen such as Steve Byrne, Dave Stuart, Ken Faulkner, David Grace, David Litchman, Wayne Caslick and many others.
I was overjoyed to be given the privilege of joining the Silversand Team as an associate trainer.
Also an accredited agility trainer with "Horse Agility Australia".
My goal is to help as many horses find a happier more confident place and to continually share my knowledge with others who are eager for the same journey.
To reach out to as many people as possible about the benefits and safety component of preparing our horses properly on the ground first, which then makes the transition into the saddle a much more safer and rewarding experience.
The Relationship between you and your horse is the foundation of the program – and that relationship must become your primary consideration in everything you do with your horse.
Understanding means: Understanding that horses are prey animals and that pretty much everything they do or don’t do is based on their survival instincts.
Learning to see the world from the horse’s point of view – this includes figuring out “what’s in it for them” when asking something of your horse.
Understanding your horse’s basic personality type so that you can work with him in the most effective way possible, given his particular psychology.
Learn expertise and success with horses based on the way horses relate and communicate in their natural world
Is your horse: spooky, jumpy, afraid in new situations?
Is your horse insecure about going through water, over logs, passing flags or flapping tarps?
Would you like to improve your ground skills and re-connect with your horse?
Agility is an incredibly exciting way to work with your horse on the ground if you enjoy groundwork, can’t or don’t ride, or if your horse is unable to be ridden.
HORSE AGILITY IS THE ANSWER!
Horse Agility tests your horse’s physical and emotional fitness and tests your ability as a trainer to keep your horse travelling safely over the course effectively and with grace.
When moves are easily understood by a horse, both their interest and relaxation level rises, which increases their willingness to partner with a human.
We have yet to meet a horse that hasn't loved the fun and interaction offered by an Agility course!
Many riders find the skills they develop doing Agility improves their riding experience and gives them a calmer more compliant and less reactive horse.
Horse Agility also provides focus and purpose.
Horse Agility strengthens the relationship between horses and humans and promotes agility of both body and mind.
It gives confidence to the horse and increases the horse’s willingness and obedience.
Everyone can join in Horse Agility – children and adults of all ages, fitness levels and ability; the people do the training, the horse does most of the energetic bit!
BUILDING RIDER CONFIDENCE:
A rider has to have the confidence to take the leadership role, which is the most important part of horsemanship.
Confidence comes from knowledge and experience.
A calm and assertive attitude is reassuring to your horse, It gives your horse the confidence to follow your lead.
A horse is a follower who is looking for a relaxed confident leader, allowing him to be a relaxed confident and safe partner.
If you are a rider looking for confidence:-
I fully understand your needs– and I can assist you in taking the necessary steps to help you build a foundation of knowledge of how to become a leader with your horse.
Then it is practice, spending time with your horse, working on communication, respect, and leadership.
There’s an old saying, “a horse knows when you know and he knows when you don’t.” I have found this to be true.
Real confidence that a horse can respect will come from your body language and in presenting yourself to the horse in a calm respectful manner.
CONFIDENCE COMES WITH KNOWLEDGE AND FRUSTRATION STARTS WHEN KNOWLEDGE ENDS:
A confident rider builds confidence in his horse. Horses are keen on body language, and since they are looking for a leader, they will check you out before you know it.
CONTROLLING OUR EMOTIONS TO CONTROL OUR HORSE:
When a human becomes worried or scared, our emotions rise up and our hands slam shut. We grab onto the reins or lead rope which then affects the horse's emotions.
When the horse then becomes worried, his head goes up, his back hollows and nature tells him to escape.
Instinctively we try to hold him back which makes him want to escape even faster causing him to displace his behaviour into an open mouth, swishing tail, prancing feet or even worse.
It is this same lack of emotional fitness that leads to the use of martingales, nose bands and tie downs. I call these aids a "poor excuse for bad hands and not enough knowledge"
Most people don't realise what is going on in their horse's mind, and what they have, or have not done to affect their horse's behaviour.
We have to learn to become more emotionally fit for those times when our prey animal companion decides it is time to act like a prey animal.
When he becomes emotionally upset, we have to learn to stay emotionally cool. If we can control our emotional reactions, we can learn to have hands that close slowly and open quickly.
These are the best hands around horses, but people often work at getting steadier hands when the real secret is steadier emotions.
The more you learn about horse psychology and behaviour, the more emotionally fit you become because of what the knowledge offers you.
The more you develop your horsemanship skills the safer you will be around horses, the better you will handle them and ultimately riding will be fun for you both.
CREATE A PARTNERSHIP WITH YOUR HORSE PLUS LEARN CORRECT RIDING TECHNIQUES:
BALANCE & RHYTHM IN THE SADDLE:
Learn how to combine horsemanship techniques with the principles of classical riding to give you a thorough under-standing of proper position on the horse, good balance in the saddle & how to fix common riding errors.
Learn how to ride with optimum control & easy communication with your horse.
Whatever style of riding you prefer, you’ll find success.
As you learn to ride with your entire body, you’ll become less reliant on your hands and your hose will respond promptly with the lightest aids.
Improve your riding at the walk, trot and canter.
No matter what your riding ability, you’ll find this practical and the lessons engaging, keeping you active as you test your coordination, gain rhythm and enjoy learning with your equine and equestrian friends.
REFINEMENT & COLLECTION:
We never reach a level of riding where we no longer have to work on equitation – the art of riding. These exercises are specially designed to improve your balance, rhythm, control and confidence on the horse. No matter what your level of riding, you can challenge your skills and have fun too.
You’ll create the perfect synchronicity and partnership with your horse.
The techniques work for English and Western riders.
CANTER WITH CONFIDENCE:
Most every rider dreams of cantering with ease and collection – the grace of a refined horse and rider team taking off with control and changing leads on command.
Learn the gaits footfalls and how your body impacts your horse as you cue for a canter, select a lead, and feel when to ask for a lead change.
The canter is the most powerful and complicated gait; it is the most fun and yet the most fear inducing. Understanding is critical to your success in cueing, riding and training for the canter.
My goal is to help you achieve a thorough insight into the mechanics of movement, what you’re feeling and the theory behind cueing, leads and lead changes.
STEP BY STEP DRESSAGE:
Tests of Suppleness, correct contact, how to put your horse on the bit and staying on it during transitions. Circles, Serpentines and Loops. Half halts, Shoulder-In, Shoulder-Out, Renvers, and much more…….
CAMPING FACILITIES: are available, with hot shower, toilet, fridge/freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster, mugs, plates and cutlery, also BBQ available.
Either put up own tent, sleep in your float or put your swag down in our large shed.
Gooseneck for hire with queensize mattress.
Secure electric horse yards with water, but please bring own bucket.