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    07-23-2012, 06:17 PM
ground work ideas!

As Dubai is still fairly young, I want to do groundwork with him once a week to help build up our bond and trust. He's fairly smart for a WB I have to say, and has been doing well. I lunge one day, ride the next, and make Sunday our play day, so to speak.
We book the round pen for an hour, but I am looking for more ideas of what to do when we are in there.
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    07-23-2012, 06:17 PM
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    07-23-2012, 06:18 PM

Just an idea of what we've been up to. Although he does look like he is about to go to sleep...
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    07-23-2012, 06:26 PM
I always reccmend the clinton anderson groundwork, especially for stallions or horses that are dominant. I don't know if you're familiar with it. I usually just do the yielding the hindquarters/forequarters, backing up, sidepassing down the fence and lunging for respect stage 1&2. You can find a lot of information at :)
    07-23-2012, 06:34 PM
Eep I need to get my phone looked at, will look at the site tomorrow on the proper computer ;D

He hasn't quite got the dominant in him at this age, but if I can work for the respect now, I wintec have ti fight for it later.

He's learning back right now, and getting better but they've missed huge holes in his me something to play with though!
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    07-23-2012, 06:35 PM
Won't have to* darn wrong autocorrect.
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    07-23-2012, 06:44 PM
Oh definitely. Whenever I get my hands on a colt, I never even let them know they have balls.

I like the CA stuff because it's super easy to understand. Horses a lot of times with respect or fear issues will benefit from it because not only does it make them think about YOU, but it helps make them super soft and respectful too. It's amazing how fast results are achieved. I never really liked the Natural Horsemanship crazies, but this has kinda made me a believer. Haha
    07-23-2012, 06:54 PM
Haha! Im already super impressed with how calm his mind is, but want to keep it that way.

I want him to think in new situations he can trust me to say it's okay, and not think I am a mare haha!!

Always have the option to geld him, but regardless of that he is still s three yo that has a lot to learn. I've seen a lot who are literally broken and whipped till they do as they're asked. Six months down the line you have an angry, dominant horse that turns dangerous...yeah, not for me lol!
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    07-23-2012, 06:58 PM
Definitely not! I don't have any issue with keeping a colt intact as long as they are calm and respectful. The groundwork from CA isn't aggressive. You only get as firm as you have to and soft is always the answer :)

Speaking of which we need more Dubai pictures as of...yesterday. Lol
    07-23-2012, 07:01 PM
Well, you are doing fine, there. He doesn't seem the dominant type and personally, I dont' see then need to do a lot of whip cracking and such, at least for now. (I am just not the CA fan)

Do you know how to "send" him? Instead of leading him through the poles, you kind of lunge him through them. You are sending him ahead of you, or around you, and back, using your body to push and the line to direct.

Work on having him back eventually back up only off the feel of the leadline.
Try backing him in an arc to work on bend and suppleness.
Teach him to lower his head.
Drag the tarp , teach him to drag the tarp, hang the tarp up or wave it around a bit (with care )

Back him through a zigzag of ground poles

Bring the line around his whole body, around his hind quarters, then stand off his hip at 90 degrees to his hip and put some pressure on the line. Say you are on his right side, with rope comeing off his left, along his body on his left, around his butt and to your hand. He will see you in his right eye, but the rope is saying, 'move leftward for a release" . He will feel the rope around his hind qs and will try to move away from it. You move so that he stays in this 'wrapped' position. Only his following the lead line around (twirling to the left) will unwrap him from the rope. You have a steady pull on the line but give tiny reward when he starts to think about going leftward o release himself from this rope wraparound. Helpts to teach "follow the rope" feel.

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