Groundwork: Catching, leading, tying, standing, hobbled, and used to being introduced to new things. Should be sacked out with bags, tarp, rope, blankets, and clothing. Used to being bridled and saddled, stands for mounting. Picks up it’s hooves for cleaning and farrier, and can be trailered with ease. Can be lunged both directions with/without whip at a walk, trot, and lope. Responds to ‘walk on’ to walk, clucking to trot, kissing to lope, and ‘whoa’ to stop. Responds to verbal commands ‘easy’ to calm down and collect strides, and ‘come’ to walk to you. Moves away from pressure, and respects space.
Saddle work: Can be bridled and saddled with no issue. Horse does not move off when being mounted, and will stand quietly until given direction. The horse should initially start off at a slower pace until asked to speed up. The horse should walk, trot, and lope on command without problem in both directions. Should be beginning to collect in both walk, and trot. Backs up, side passes, and beginning to turn on haunches and forehand. Should be able to be ridden in both an English and a western saddle, and with/without riding crop and with/without lasso. (should be trained to stand for some roping). The horse should travel over trotting poles, logs, and obstacles with ease. The horse has been trained to do small jumps (1-2’), and to go around barrels. The horse has been taken out on trails 3+ times with n
Stuff like that.. BTW I didn't write this. I'm just showing the difference with saddle and ground work.
Thanks for the info, she does all of that pretty well. Except for the english stuff and jumping. I don't have an english saddle to ride in and never really showed much interest in it. She will lunge without whip to but I have to sorta "wave" to her lol.. I don't know how to explain it. I sorta flick my hand to her.
Trail riding is a blast. You could try some low jumps bareback for a change if you don't have an English saddle. Work on transitions from hand gallops to canters, it's fast and fun. Maybe try teaching her English for a change
I could go on trail rides, but i'm afraid to go, especially by my self. I'm always afraid of running in to coyotes (however it is splet) because there is alot of dens around the barn, and there is a few bears around, not close to barn to pose a hazzard in the pasture but I don't really want to run into them. She isn't a skiddish horse at all. I've done all the tarp training, plastic bottles, and flags. Nothing like that really bothers her, that I have seen yet. Although the other day I was riding and my boyfriend came in the ring and put his arms out stiff and swayed back and forth and made zombie noises and she backed away pretty fast lol.. It was quite funny acutally. Ahahah
not necessarily feasible for everyone.. but what I've done is train my horse to drive. I have a little cart and I switch back and forth between driving and riding. - I live near portland oregon and we have about 7 months of continuous rain... so I KNOW what it's like to be stuck in an arena! =P
I would like to teach her to drive some because she is a draft cross and probably would pick up on it easy, but we don't have a harnness or cart at the time.