Originally Posted by CurlyIsASpecialStandie View Post
As I look around this forum I see lots of suggestions for people to do groundwork.
I would like to know exactly what groundwork you should do, how often and what?
I cannot tell you
how much groundwork you should do, but I can tell you about my groundwork sessions with Kyra.
First of all, for me
"groundwork" means: "all
the training a horse gets when the trainer is on the ground". Training IMO
means:"Whenever you are insight of the horse, the horse is learning and communicating, therefor it is training."
Kyra is 3 years old (see profile) and I got her when she was 11 month old. I started with clicker training to build confidence (love goes through the stomach), the first month was all about approaching her, touching her and after 3 weeks also haltering her and tying her.
Next step was yielding for pressure. Every day I did some short groundwork/ training sessions. (Actually twice a day in the beginning. She came out of the wild. And I really had to tame
A session took 5 - 10 minutes, max 15 minutes at that stage. I prefer a fantastic 5 minute training above a 15 minute training with less results.
When she was 2 years old I added long reining to her scedule. Long Reining 01 Introduction - Barnmice Equestrian Social Community
(Ellen Ofstad has the same trainer as I have: Piet Bakker)
Besides that I also did a lot of desensibilisation training, and even trick training (there are some wonderful excercises to strech a horse). And it is great fun, too.
Next step was to add some work in hand to make her straight. Like this Romanesque & Marijke de Jong - YouTube
! At this stage she is just 3 years old and not under saddle.
And I do a lot of "at liberty" exercises. Which is also a nice way to bond with your horse.
Even now, she is almost 4 years old, a training session of groundwork is max 30 minutes. And I always
start with some groundwork to see what mindset she has today. If she is jumpy, I calm her down with exercises. If she is sleepy, I use some exercises to wake her up. :) (Oh, I really love groundwork). I am "breaking her in" under the saddle (learning how to be a good riding horse) and every training I start with some groundwork.
Like Kayty said: How long is a piece of string? I like to add: What color is a piece of string?
So, there is not really an answer to your question because no one can see through the pc.