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post #1 of 6 Old 01-06-2013, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Ground Driving Training

I am starting to ground drive my horse Breeze. I have only done it once so far (not actually ground driving though)

I have tried getting her to walk on with me behind her, and turn. I have also tried getting her to back up, and stop.

The problem with this is, she doesn't want to go, or turn! She will stop and back up perfectly put will not go forword. Once I get her moving, she will take a few steps, I will get her to turn, but she will shake her head and stop. I will back her up, and try to get her to go again, but she will just stand their.

My question is, any advice to train a horse to ground drive?

Breeze is 2 years old.
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I am starting to ground drive my horse Breeze. I have only done it once so far (not actually ground driving though)

I have tried getting her to walk on with me behind her, and turn. I have also tried getting her to back up, and stop.

The problem with this is, she doesn't want to go, or turn! She will stop and back up perfectly put will not go forword. Once I get her moving, she will take a few steps, I will get her to turn, but she will shake her head and stop. I will back her up, and try to get her to go again, but she will just stand their.

My question is, any advice to train a horse to ground drive?

Breeze is 2 years old.
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Try doing it in a lunging manner... But add a lunge line to her otherwise as well. Pass them both through stirrups. Then have a third line on the left side to you just to start the lunging I case she backs. You can now lunge at a walk and trot and thee turning will be done to the outside of your circle eventually you can move closer in behind her have fun good lick
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Does she lunge? I usually have no issues ground driving if I start off kinda like I am lunging them. Like have them go in a circle around me for a while till they get the idea. Have you tied het around at all? Teaching a horse to bend laterally should be taught before ever trying to ground drive.
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I had the same "problem" with my filly. I had taught her before to turn her butt away from me. When I asked her to turn it to me she was like ahhhh what the heeeckkk and turned around to try to face me. I also didn't want to over lunge her because she's a young draft horse and I didn't want to put any stress on her joints if I didn't feel I needed to. So I started out with leading her and teaching her what walk meant which now equates to clucking. To turn her you need to drive with your outside rein with you lead with your inside. This can get kind of confusing but, you'll get the hang of it. Basically what I do is, I direct her either left or right then start tapping (driving) her entire body using her outside rein and flank I use her inside rein to direct and if I need to get the point across better I use the inside flank as leverage to kind of nudge her the direction I'm asking I also combine with a voice aid for left or right. This at first was a pain because like I said she wanted to swing around when I got behind her because she had no idea what I was asking.

Bringing a lunge whip helps especially in the beginning when they still are getting the idea of walk.

Before I started ground driving at all with my filly I focused on single rein aids. Meaning I attached one rein and stood on her opposite side with the rein running around her whole body to where I was standing. Then I gently signaled her with the rein until she was back to facing me again. I found that this helped immensely in getting through to her what I wanted.

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Okay, I will try that. And yes, she does know how to lunge. I have taught her to never point her butt at me, and now that I am going behind her, she is confused and just stands their.
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