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post #1 of 5 Old 10-19-2010, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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Fun and Interesting Groundwork?

Hi Everyone!

I have had and trained horses for years and years. I LOVE taking babies and making them something special. One month ago I purchased a two year old OTTB, she had been run once and was a spectacular failure! She is the sweetest, kindest, most honest horse I have ever met!

I am not a believer in riding two year olds, so I am just working on groundwork and all that fun stuff until next spring. We are working on flexing, dropping her head, turns on the forehand/haunches, longeing, long-reining, ponying, standing for periods of time, ground poles, getting her used to tarps/bags showmanship exercises, backing over and through things, and everything I can think of.

My issue is that she is so smart and willing (and not totally green since she was worked with on the track) that I am fast running through my wealth of fun ideas! Everything we do she acts like she has been doing it her whole life! I was just wondering if anyone had any neat things you have done with your horses. I just don't want her (or me) to get bored in the next 6 months.

Thanks for all of your ideas! I appreciate it!
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-19-2010, 01:51 PM
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There is no such thing as fun and interesting groundwork IMO.
I HATE it! Lol the only "groundwork" I do is lunging.

I know she's only two, but you could still saddle her up. Get her used to stuff on her back. If you're planning on showing her, you could take her to some shows and just work her in the warm up pens and walk her around and get her used to everything.

I know how hard it is to come up with new things with breeds that are so intelligent. I'm constantly trying to come up with new arena work.

Anyway, good luck with your two year old and maybe someone can give you a real answer ;)

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post #3 of 5 Old 10-19-2010, 02:03 PM
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You could teach her tricks, bowing, nodding, spanish walk, lay down, sit, etc. Ground driving could be a good thing too especially if she's been raced, she's probably very used to bracing/pushing on the bit. Ground poles too. Free jumping could be fun, but not a ton of that due to her age....
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-19-2010, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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Oops- I forgot to mention - when we pony/long rein, she either has on a saddle or surcingle. I also stand on mounting blocks by her, put a foot in a stirrup, jump up and down, lean over her back, and all that jazz!

I have debated sitting on her once every couple weeks, just for 10 minutes or so, to just get her used to someone being up there. Its not like she has never had anyone up there

Thank god we live next to a state forest - we have lots of fun playing in the woods, and we get to see things like dirt bikes! Otherwise I think we both would be pulling our hair out!
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-19-2010, 06:11 PM
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You could even just sit on her then get off. A few seconds won't hurt her if you mount from a block. Have you introduced her to traffic? I bring my driving ponies everywhere. To people's houses so they will see different things like scary lawn ornaments, clothes lines etc... I walk them through water, across bridges. You could work on trailer loading if you have a trailer accessible if you haven't already. I've been walking my colt like a dog, bringing him on walking trails where there are people and dogs, on the board walks, all over the place. Introduce to everything possible.
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