Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
IMO, I wouldn't even TRY ground-driving an unbroken horse that behaves like this. I have had the appetite for a driving horse for years now (long story there) but I wouldn't even THINK about it now, unless I learned how on my stone-cold-broken 13 yo mare who would NEVER kick me in the face!
Maybe what your trainer means is "working on the ground" with your horse. I suggest you pretend he's TOTALLY green, and start with all of the basics, like leading correctly, backing correctly, then teaching to lunge, going over poles on the ground, etc.
I have been studying this book, so perhaps it will help:
http://www.amazon.com/Driving-Light-Horse-Training-Competition/dp/0668056525/ref=cm_lmf_tit_3THis would probably help, too:
http://www.amazon.com/Longeing-Lining-Exercises-English-Western/dp/0876050461/ref=cm_lmf_tit_4I'll need to look for another long-lining book that I haven't gotten through yet--couldn't find it online, bc I've forgotten the title.
I am sorry but we ALL see way too many horses on the market that are untrained or at least, undertrained, and we are sold a bill of goods. Please be careful, and good luck! =D
Last edited by Corporal; 09-07-2011 at 03:26 PM.