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post #1 of 7 Old 11-10-2011, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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Gaining trust and respect exercises.

I would like to really gain the trust and respect of my gelding.
What are some groundwork exercises you do/did to help the relationship between you and your horse?
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-10-2011, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 7 Old 11-10-2011, 07:50 PM
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I'll tell you what I've done to establish trust with my horse but it's a little unconventional.


I RIDE THEM. Every day. Outside. Doing lots of different things. Every day.

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could you post a video of you handling him? Leading, backing up, pick up the feet, make him move over, etc. it would help alot to see what excercises he could benefit from.
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It's not the exercises themselves that gain the the horse's respect, they only make you have to be a leader. So it's not what you get your horse to do but your confidence, consistancy, reliability, energy, and attitude that you present to the horse to get what you want done that's important. You can force a horse or beg him and still get him to do what you want but that doesn't mean he respects you.
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It's not the exercises themselves that gain the the horse's respect, they only make you have to be a leader. So it's not what you get your horse to do but your confidence, consistancy, reliability, energy, and attitude that you present to the horse to get what you want done that's important. You can force a horse or beg him and still get him to do what you want but that doesn't mean he respects you.
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Exactly this.

You can do all the exercises in the world, but if you don't perform them with confidence, patience and dominance, you've just wasted a lot of time.

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post #7 of 7 Old 11-10-2011, 10:22 PM
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HOwever, that you have interest in tying new things is commendable. There are tons of great books that start to outline the main points of ground work and what you can do with your horse to build in responsiveness and connection. It is true that HOW you do them matters more that what you do, but looks around at some of the books.

Believe it or not, Western Horseman, the magazine, publishes a series of books with many great collections of down to earth knowledge.
One by Marty Marten called "Solving Problems" is just a gem and very straitforward with great diagrams. Give it a looksee.
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