Originally Posted by Jodylynn509
Your confidence is going to come from experience with your horse. Always remember to stay calm, think rationally, and BREATHE when you are faced with a tense situation.Try not to tense up- your horse will pick up on it and tense up as well. Remember that alot of the bad behavior that is demonstrated by a good horse is because you're mixing cues and he doesn't understand. Just approach each new situation slow and steady, and with the confidence that you are going to handle it the right way. Keep your focus on the horse's body language and you will rarely be taken by surprise. I have been training/ riding for 20 years and this is the advice that has brought me through all my fears and uncertainties. You have to remember to be confident. Don't let panic take over because a cool head is going to keep you safer!! Good luck!
This is great advice.
What I meant by ground work is
Getting her to lead with you between her head and shoulders
Getting her to move her front end away when you ask
Move her hind end away when you ask
Getting her to lift her feet well for you (this is a trust thing as well)
One trainers website I like for ground work is Jay OJay. Check out the videos on this site, he goes through the steps in an easy to follow way. I know he's training a young horse but take away ideas that you would feel comfortable doing with your horse. 'Playing' with her is a great way to build a bond and confidence in eachother. Successful horse training - DVDs, how to videos, advice, and tack