Originally Posted by smrobs
For each person and horse it will be different. I personally don't do much (if any) groundwork with a horse past the very green, first few rides stage. However, I have the knowledge and ability to deal with almost anything under saddle. While I don't particularly agree with catering to a spookish horse, not everyone has any business trying to actually get on one that is acting like that. Groundwork can help with a lot of things but no, it isn't an answer for everything. If the groundwork helps your mare to be calm and relax, then that's what's important. You need to do what you think benefits you and your mare. If you aren't interested in doing groundwork every day, then don't. If you want to give it a shot, then do. Whatever you do, if done correctly, won't hurt your mare at all.
I agree with this. Each horse is different but at some point you have to swing a leg and work the horse under saddle. I do very very little ground work also past the green stage. Just not a lot of need for it. As I can teach the horse better under saddle.
Good basics on the ground do not 100% translate into the saddle. I do not wish to have to retrain my horse once I get on so I just start there. I am sure that for some getting the horse doing these things on the ground is a lot better. However I personally have not found that to be true. I have a much easier time calming a horse under saddle then I do on the ground. I give them a job make them move around more them just a small circle. Once they have that job most horses calm right down.
Your horse probable calmed down not just b/c she could see everything but also had a job to do and taker her mind off what was scarring her.