ESI Q and A Forums Home
 Search       Members   Calendar   Help   Home 
Search by username
Not logged in - Login | Register 
ESI Q and A Forums > ESI Q and A Forum > Questions and discussions for the ESI Q and A Forum > Greetings from a new student in Canberra, Australia

Greetings from a new student in Canberra, Australia
 Moderated by: DrDeb  
 New Topic   Reply   Print 
AuthorPost
Shelly Forceville
Member
 

Joined: Mon Jun 27th, 2011
Location: Canberra, Australia
Posts: 47
Status:  Offline
 Posted: Thu Jul 7th, 2011 05:54 am
 Quote  Reply 
Hi Dr. Deb and forum,

I have been lurking this forum for a little while now and reading as many of the threads and articles as is possible (without losing my job) and have decided I would like to become a student here, and am committed to learning all I can.

I would like to 'put it on the table' that I have been a student of a certain well-known 'natural horsemanship' program for the past few years, and can admit to getting quite sucked in, even though it initially went against my better judgment, and aspects of the program never felt quite right. (I take it you all understand who/what I am talking about).

Although in many ways what I did learn from that experience has been an improvement on the horsemanship I had learnt earlier, it was also in other ways a backwards step, and in the end my horse has been the one to give me the ultimate feedback and reality check. She’s a smart and sassy little mare and is not shy at communicating her dismay with my ineptitude!

I have just put in my order for 'The Birdie Book', and will be purchasing as many of the other resources recommended in these forums as I can after that and I have been reading and re-reading the three main articles on the main site with great interest. I can't wait to be able to share what I learn with my horse. Even the very little insights I have gained so far have begun to 'turn her frown upside down' so-to-speak. Everything here makes perfect sense now, and my horse agrees.

I don't really have any horsemanship questions to ask at this stage as I still feel I have a lot more reading and learning to do, but I am sure they will come.

I am however curious to know, being here in Australia rather than the US, what options there may be if any for hands on training and how I can best find out about upcoming clinics with visiting approved trainers? (Dorinda mentioned that Buck Brannaman may be coming to Australia next year).

I also note that I have just missed Dr. Deb right here in my home town! I do hope you visit again and I get an opportunity to learn from you first hand. In the meantime, thank you very much for providing this amazing resource, I know that both my horse and I will benefit greatly, and I look forward to learning from you all.

Kind regards,
Shelly.

DrDeb
Super Moderator
 

Joined: Fri Mar 30th, 2007
Location:  
Posts: 3316
Status:  Offline
 Posted: Thu Jul 7th, 2011 06:31 pm
 Quote  Reply 
Shelly, welcome to the Forum. Just by being here, or even lurking here, you have made all the commitment that you need to make. There is nothing here to 'join', no 'movement', no 'guru'. Go to our home page and read: "Equine Studies Institute is a colloquium of friends who share an attitude and approach to horsemanship." You will be finding out more and more what that means. You will also find out more and more what our motto, "Fostering higher education in horsemanship" means.

Yes, I was in Canberra two months ago -- just as I have been for the past eight years. If you want a group of friends to ride with, Shelly, get ahold of Alex Wickham (tyffyn@hotmail.com) and ask her about troop riding and the other schools besides mine that Alex and friends go to. Alex's regular teacher is Margie Armstrong, an own student of Nuno Oliveira. One reason I enjoy working with Alex's group and find teaching them easy is that Oliveira's brand of horsemanship and Ray Hunt's are actually very similar (despite coming from opposite sides of the Atlantic).

And yes, Buck Brannaman comes to Australia about every other year, sponsored by Wayne Anderson. You can get Wayne's contact information from Alex; he's a wonderful guy and a good teacher, and you won't go wrong by riding with him and letting him prepare you for your time with Buck. -- Dr. Deb

Shelly Forceville
Member
 

Joined: Mon Jun 27th, 2011
Location: Canberra, Australia
Posts: 47
Status:  Offline
 Posted: Thu Jul 7th, 2011 11:34 pm
 Quote  Reply 
Hi Dr. Deb,

Thank you for the welcome and the information. It really feels like I am waking up from a long sleep... how did I miss all this stuff going on right in front of me!

I do know of Marji Armstrong. When I was a young beginner rider many of the older teenage students were training under Marji. I would imagine Alex and I share some mutual acquaintances already. I will get in touch with her, and will also look up Wayne Anderson.I will be keeping my eyes and ears open from now on!

Shelly.

Dorinda
Member


Joined: Fri May 18th, 2007
Location: Canberra, Australia
Posts: 43
Status:  Offline
 Posted: Fri Jul 8th, 2011 09:42 am
 Quote  Reply 
Great to see your here on the forum Shelly. We will have to catch up.

Cheers
Dorinda

Alex
Member
 

Joined: Mon Jul 2nd, 2007
Location:  
Posts: 27
Status:  Offline
 Posted: Tue Jul 12th, 2011 11:04 am
 Quote  Reply 
Welcome Shelly,

I have sent you some information separately. Marji will be here from the 3 - 6 August this year and will also be here in summer.

If anyone would like more information about this or the contact for Buck's clinics give me a yell.

Cheers,

Alex

Shelly Forceville
Member
 

Joined: Mon Jun 27th, 2011
Location: Canberra, Australia
Posts: 47
Status:  Offline
 Posted: Sat Jul 16th, 2011 05:48 am
 Quote  Reply 
Hi all,

Just a brief update to let you know I have managed to get in touch with a number of the people recommended and have also written to put my name down for one of Harry's courses that is being held not far from here early next year - which I am very excited about. I'm also watching the mail everyday for my copy of the birdy book to arrive.

Thanks to everyone who I have been in touch with for being so welcoming.

Shelly.


 Current time is 02:39 pm




Powered by WowBB 1.7 - Copyright © 2003-2006 Aycan Gulez