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    04-25-2011, 01:28 AM
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Groundwork exercises

I just got a new horse. She is a 9yr old Standardbred mare. She used to race years ago but up until recently has been a broodmare. She is not broke to ride and hasn't had anything done with her for the past 2yrs. I was just wondering what are some good groundwork exercises I can do with her? My sister has been working with her more than I have recently because of the hours I work, so she is getting her to come along pretty well. I've just never had a horse of my own that needs training so I am drawing blanks on what I can do with her when I actually do get out to the barn. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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    04-25-2011, 01:42 AM
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Teach her to lower her head. Back up off the leadline and come forward off the leadling, softly .
Do you have anyone to help you ? I mean, you are starting a totally green hrose, it sounds like.
     
    04-25-2011, 01:58 AM
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I have my sister to help me. We both have owned and been around horses for years. The only thing is I work nights, she works daylight we can't always get out to the barn together. She has trained a few horses in the past. I have never trained my own. I have been there to help my sis ocassionally when she needs it. My mare Maddy is pretty much totally green. She is a big pacer mare. She raced when she was two so she just needs a refresher on having a bit in her mouth and steering. But other than that she has never had a person on her back. I bought her off of my boss. When she was a broodie she was out in the pasture 24/7. She only came into the barn when she was close go foaling then once the baby was old enough they went right back outside. So she is just a fat retired broodie.
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