Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: eastern shore of maryland
• Horses: 0
Is groundwork the answer to all?
So I took my green horse to a clinic for beginner riders this weekend. Ive ridden her for almost 2 years now, so I just took her for the experience of being "out and about". She has always been nervous, and was skiddish for the first half of the clinic. (This was her fourth time off the farm Ever, and shes nine now). A lady then came in to teach groundwork. The others were using school horses, and didn't have to do anything to get thier horses to stand still. Fria was antsy, and so the lady took her to exemplify things. She claimed to be "teaching her" the groundwork she already knows, such as turn on forehand, haunches, back, and sidepass. She claimed that because of this groundwork, the horse was now much calmer, and doing groundwork was the answer for any hyper, hot horse so that they can be worked. I knew she only settled because being in the center of the indoor let her see everything, and not just a corner at a time while walking in a circle. The lady then pulled me to the side, and told be I should do groundwork with her everyday before we do anything because it was the way to go, and it helped her so much.
What are your opinions? Is groundwork the answer to all, or are there other factors that need to be added in. Shouldn't this plan change with the temperment of the horse, or the amount of activity the horse is in? I have my opinions, I just want to hear others. :)