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Dawnwings

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Assignment Help, Urgent!

17 September 2013 - 06:38 AM

Hi guys,

 

My name is Zoe, and I’m currently working on an assignment for a Global Journalism class at Swinburne University, Australia.

 

I am hoping someone might be able to help me. I need to get an interview with someone who lives in Spain, if possible involved in the horse industry. The interview can be via email, Skype, whatever suits. I’m also happy to conduct it through a translation program, like Google Translate or the like, if they are more comfortable writing in Spanish, though they will have to forgive spelling or grammar errors on my part.

 

If you know anyone who could help, please get in contact with me, or get them to send me an email, as soon as possible. The assignment is due on the 20/9/13, so I know it’s late notice but anything would be helpful.

 

My email is zbeattie@live.co.uk

 

Preliminary questions, if they’re helpful, follow.

 

Please explain your involvement and background with horses. How long have you been around horses?  What is your current involvement with horses?

 

What do you think of the horse industry in Spain at the moment? Do you feel that it has changed since the global financial crisis, and if so, can you please explain how?

 

In your opinion, what have been the events that have stuck in your mind relating to horses lately?

 

How do you feel about the future of the horse industry, both small and large scale, in Spain?

 

Would you mind sharing one anecdote you feel resonates with how you think about horses and their role in your life, and the future of Spain?

 

Thank you very much for any help.

Zoe Beattie

 

 

Assignment Help, Urgent!

17 September 2013 - 06:37 AM

Hi guys,

 

My name is Zoe, and I’m currently working on an assignment for a Global Journalism class at Swinburne University, Australia.

 

I am hoping someone might be able to help me. I need to get an interview with someone who lives in Spain, if possible involved in the horse industry. The interview can be via email, Skype, whatever suits. I’m also happy to conduct it through a translation program, like Google Translate or the like, if they are more comfortable writing in Spanish, though they will have to forgive spelling or grammar errors on my part.

 

If you know anyone who could help, please get in contact with me, or get them to send me an email, as soon as possible. The assignment is due on the 20/9/13, so I know it’s late notice but anything would be helpful.

 

My email is zbeattie@live.co.uk

 

Preliminary questions, if they’re helpful, follow.

 

Please explain your involvement and background with horses. How long have you been around horses?  What is your current involvement with horses?

 

What do you think of the horse industry in Spain at the moment? Do you feel that it has changed since the global financial crisis, and if so, can you please explain how?

 

In your opinion, what have been the events that have stuck in your mind relating to horses lately?

 

How do you feel about the future of the horse industry, both small and large scale, in Spain?

 

Would you mind sharing one anecdote you feel resonates with how you think about horses and their role in your life, and the future of Spain?

 

Thank you very much for any help.

Zoe Beattie

 

 

How Do You Choose Which Horse To Work?

09 June 2013 - 02:42 AM

Hey guys,

 

I was wondering if anyone could help me come up with some criteria to use to decide which pony to work with first. My mum is thinking about getting some of our herd trained so they can do more than be much loved paddock ornaments, and since there is limited training time available, and limited people, I've been struggling to work out which one we should start with. Mum has been very little help, saying that since I'll be doing a lot of the work, I decide which pony/ponies, and I've been struggling with it. I'm only up every second weekend, and I'm already working my horse, but the ponies are pretty clever and anything that gets done helps.

 

The three that Mum has in mind have all been mouthed and long-reined, and are good to work with on a daily basis. They were mouthed and long-reined initially by my friend/sister who has a lot of experience with breaking/training/retraining, and she's willing to help as long as she can fit it in around her small child. Our farrier, who is also a horse trainer, has said that if he wasn't so busy he'd take them on but since he's tall and solid he'd only do groundwork with them unless he could find a small enough rider. However, he's said that they have solid basics, and they really just need the time put in and they'll be fine. Especially since Mum leans all over them and we've had kids on them to lead around no problem.

 

My question is; what other factors can be used to determine which pony start working with? I've given a bit of information about them below, but I am happy to provide more if it'll help. I'm also curious how people who have more than one horse in work at a time decide which horse to work.

 

Pony 1, Pickles: 10yr, 10.1hh, mare, did well with mouthing and long-reining, can be a bit flightly but usually tries hard to please.

 

Pony 2, Ash: 6yr, 10hh, mare, did well with mouthing and long-reining, can be flightly and a bit hesitant, works well when she 'gets it'.

 

Pony 3, Archer: 5yr, 10.1hh, mare, did well with mouthing and long-reining once she got through the 'if I lay down you can't make me', friendly and inquisitive but with a tendency to be stubborn.

 

 

Thanks in advance :)

Horse Doesn't Like To Be Touched?

06 May 2013 - 07:54 AM

Hey guys,

 

I was just wondering if anyone could give me some insight into a problem I'm having with my mare. She doesn't like to be touched, and by that I mean she'll pin her ears and sometimes snake her head around to you as though she was going to bit. So far, she hasn't really bitten anyone, yesterday she got a mouthful of my shirt but that's the worst she's ever tried.

 

She's about 10yro, was broken in as a 5yro to saddle, then to harness to teach people to drive, then left out with her dam, or so the story goes. I bought her in Feb this year, and she's been like this since I saw her the first time. She only pins her ears/threatens to bite a few times, and if you tell her off or she 'bumps into' your arm she's usually okay with you touching wherever that was, and less likely to get annoyed/narky/dominant/thing when you touch her elsewhere.

 

She's fine to touch her face and ears, but past the line of the earpiece on the halter, and she just doesn't like it. She's worse/more defensive on her right than her left, and she does tend to be more comfortable when she's got you in her left eye. She was like this with picking up her feet initially, and wouldn't pick them up, but she's gotten much better at that with handling. The rubbing seems to be something that upsets her every time though.

 

If I increase pressure, or rub her with both hands, she is more likely to pin her ears. She is fine with the saddle, blankets, whip, but she doesn't like to be brushed either. She is theoretically a wb x tb, and she does have a tendency to rub out hair very easily and seem to end up with more impressive bits of hair missing than expected. At the moment, I'm working on the approach/retreat method, in that I work down her body on one side, pausing to rub a spot where she isn't comfortable until she relaxes and then taking my hand way. This seems to work a little, but it only lasts for one session so to speak. If I do something with her in the morning and she's fine, if I go away and come back it's the same process again. I would like to think it's taking less time, but I can't be certain about it.

 

Any help/advice/things to check out would be appreciated.

Thanks guys! :)

P.S. Attached a picture of her, just because. She's around 15hh, dapple bay, and coming into her winter wooly coat. Thanks again!

Need A Little Advice, How To Save A Horse's Mouth While Learning Soft Hands?

17 March 2013 - 06:45 AM

Hi guys!
So, I have some exciting news, I bought a horse! I am the proud owner of a 15hh, 10yro, dapple bay wb x tb mare. She's awesome! :yahoo:  I could go on and on and on about her, but I'll save that for if people want to ask anything particular.

The thing is, I need a bit of advice because I'm very out of practice with riding, and she has a wonderfully soft mouth. She can pivot on the spot, forehand or hindquarters, and can go from canter to stop in less than a stride with very little pressure on the bit at all. Which puts me in the position of having to develop my confidence, an independent seat, and soft hands, all at once! :twitch:
Theoretically, there should be a picture of Bridget attached, which shows the rather impressive scar on her face, which she got running into a tree when she was 7mths old. Any advice on what to try to heal it would be appreciated. We did get a cream that helped already, but it was given to us by a friend, and we can't figure out what it was called. :confused0024:
My question is, given her scar, what are my options? What can I do, or what gear can I use, to save her mouth while I get my skills up? I usually ride in a stock saddle, or an English all purpose, and Bridget goes beautifully in a snaffle.
She's so very good, a much better quality horse than I ever expected. I just want to be good enough for her, she's a wonderful, clever alpha mare, and she learns so unbelievably quickly.

Anyway, thank you in advance guys, I'm really looking forward to your advice and feedback. :smilie:
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