Groundwork

At the clinic I did this past weekend we started with groundwork.  It had been ages since I played with my horse on the ground.  It was a great reminder what a high play drive he has and how easy it is to engage it when I’m on the ground.  He got exuberant and he got soooo focused on me.

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I’m a proponent of groundwork.  I think it is a great way to establish leadership, get your horse focused on you, teach new things and keep you safe in situations you are not sure you can ride out.

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AND it is a great and safe way to PLAY.  I watch my horse push the mares around the pasture all the time, trying desperately to get them to engage in a game of chase.  Heck he’ll even settle for a few hard kicks to the chest if that is all they will give him.  He LOVES to play.  So why on earth I am not incorporating play into our time together more often?  I definitely plan to be more fun for him going forward.

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How about you???  Do you do groundwork with your horse???

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