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    10-29-2012, 12:19 AM
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I have been reading as much as I can to learn more. I am not new to horses but I am new to a lot of the training. I personally know how to effectively use ground work and I noticed it is a common answer to a lot of people`s problems. So it would be nice to see a thread on specific ground work techniques. It easy to make mistakes and I would give an instructional myself but I am horrible at trying to describe what I mean. If I missed a previous thread about this, please post a link. Thanks!
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    10-29-2012, 12:31 AM
So e more specific questions might help, it could take horse to type a reply because there are som many variations and deviants when it comes to training and groundwork

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    10-29-2012, 12:35 AM
Green Broke
Muppet is right. There are so many ways to approach a situation and so many variables it's hard to give advice without more details.
    10-29-2012, 01:10 AM
That's true and I guess didn't really think about all the different scenarios and how broad my question was. I was just thinking it would be nice to have some basic information for newbies. I am confident in my ground work but when I started I know I made a lot of mistakes. Sometimes I still have questions. But I guess the point of this was to get some basic yet instructive advise for the 'general' horse.
    10-29-2012, 01:18 AM
Good ways to start ground work in your horse's routine, simple activities, important factors to concentrate on, do's and dont's, correct body position and language of you and the horse, effective communication, signs that your horse is understanding, signs that your horse is confused, etc... Like I said I am horrible and describing what I mean or I would write something myself. I have this great idea on basically an 'article' but am not a good enough writer to actually put it together myself. LoL I was hoping to find a thread similar to my idea (I've seen other 'article' like threads on different topics) and when I couldn't find one I decided to start a collaboration of ground work tips and advice.
    10-29-2012, 02:15 AM
Green Broke
I'm not sure what you are trying to do or where you are at as far as horse experience goes. There's tons of threads under horse training on how do groundwork.
I would check them out, read up on ground work, and just observe your horse for a while.
    10-29-2012, 01:59 PM
Originally Posted by flytobecat    
I'm not sure what you are trying to do or where you are at as far as horse experience goes. There's tons of threads under horse training on how do groundwork.
I would check them out, read up on ground work, and just observe your horse for a while.
Please Read My Previous Posts in this thread

I do not need the ground work info. I have researched it and also have a trainer to help me. I have no problems with ground work. During my research on this forum though, I found that a lot of answers are 'ground work' but with absolutely no other information. I just thought it would be nice to have a spot that people can access more information. I explained it in my other posts on this thread as well as I could. The basics. The do's and dont's, what cues to watch for, etc... Just thought it would be nice to have more detailed and 'general' thread about ground work. I know every horse is different and requires different needs but the basics are still the same. I also found another thread that asks the same question but got no responses. Im not looking for advice. Im looking for something I can refer people to that will describe ground work and how it is used.
    10-29-2012, 05:34 PM
Personally, I quite like the Parelli Games for teaching ground work/manners.
I have used them on many horses of all ages, it teaches them to respect your space, as well as you respecting theirs as they are "Prey Animals", plus the games are fun and simple to learn, the body language between you and your horse makes sense.
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    10-30-2012, 11:00 PM
Green Broke
I think PP 7 games probably break it down the simplest, but all of the big names trainers have pretty good programs for ground work.
    10-30-2012, 11:52 PM
Yep, there are probably hundreds of different ways to do it, but most probably have the same intentions and or principals at heart. What I would recommend is that you have a read of some books, like Pat parelli’s, or Monty Robert’s or Clinton Anderson’s or whoever’s, Personally I learned the PP way, but I’m no evangelical here to prosthelytize, so choose the one you understand the clearest, the one that speaks to you the clearest and learn how to do that. At first, I’d recommend you stick to one way to do it. At a later stage I’d recommend you learn as many different ways as possible, but at first just pick one, and get it down. The main reasons being this will give you a foundation from which you will draw. And importantly, the groundwork you learn will set up the horse for what happens on its back. So if you have two totally mismatched systems, one for the ground and one for on their back, you might run into trouble.
But as your experience grows go out and learn more, just remember that what happens on the horses back begins on the ground so whatever you do needs to be compatible and consistent.

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