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post #1 of 5 Old 10-26-2012, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
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From the ground up?

So I just got my first horse. Its been a long time coming shes a 2y.o. spotted sport horse. She has a really good start i have her going wtc on a line still working on direction change on command. Now in the past I've done alot of off line work before saddle breaking (and i wont break her till next summer) but i dont have a round pen or arena to work it ideas?
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-28-2012, 10:08 PM
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If u can't get an arena up by next summer, then just work in your pasture. :)
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-28-2012, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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im looking for groundwork ideas because i cant work off line
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-29-2012, 08:30 PM
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My horse benefited a lot by (trough?) long reining. In this way I could learn the rein aids and start working my horse without a rider. I start young horses on a (bitless) cavesson as long as they are changing teeth. If you are inexperienced with long reining I recommand an instructor and start bitless.

My horse learned turns, voltes, halt, walk and trot and shoulder inn/shoulder out, "leg yielding" and pass obstacles.
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Google horse agility. Different obstables help fine tune your groundwork and gives the horse new challenges. The book is about $25 and handler is taken thro all the reasoning of what you ask your horse and when. You could also introduce the saddle blanket, rubbing her all over, then the saddle and doing it up gradually just tight enough that it won't slip off.When introducing anything new show it to her and remain still until she has stopped investigating it. Turn away and go toward the end of your lead then repet.. Here's a challenge. With lots of float in your rope, but not dragging on the ground) ask her to walk with you. No fair pulling on the lead to get her started as you've lost the float. Maybe walking toward her jaw and asking her to move away will get her started. Hold the rope about 4-5' away from the halter. Stop, back straight up a step or two then forward again. You are doing an excellent job when you feel your are just holding a rope and have to look to be sure the horse is still with you.
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