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    10-25-2012, 10:38 AM
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To the OP.....

What I would personally do, since this horse seems to be an issue for you at your barn. I would exchange three riding lessons for groundwork lessons with this horse....from getting him in from the field, lunging, dealing with him in the stall......you might find that you enjoy the challenge and reward of groundwork a lot better than you do riding!

It would be a big confidence builder for you and make your time at the barn a positive experience.

Good luck

Remember some people are just riders......some people are horsemen.....(or women if you want to get all uptight about equality!)
If I was paying to ride I certainly wouldn't pay to sort someone else's horse out, although I do enjoy groundwork/training.

I might offer, "Hey, do you want me to do some groundwork with that horse?" but no way in heck would I actually PAY for it.
     
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    10-25-2012, 11:23 AM
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I think you meant "not take any of his crap". That is all well and good, but did they tell you HOW they do that? I would be looking for a new barn. The is an educational vacuum at that place it seems, and I don't want you to fall in it. I am sure it is a great place, but if they aren't teaching you how to handle the horses you are working with(and not keeping them tuned up) then you aren't learning as much as you could. Sure there needs to be more advanced horses in a lesson program. Aggression does not equal advanced though.
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    10-25-2012, 06:33 PM
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If I was paying to ride I certainly wouldn't pay to sort someone else's horse out, although I do enjoy groundwork/training.

I might offer, "Hey, do you want me to do some groundwork with that horse?" but no way in heck would I actually PAY for it.
The impression I have is that she isn't familiar with ground work at all so it would be beneficial for her to learn everything she can. If she was already experienced this thread would not be up. IMO everyone should know some at least basic ground skills.

I personally would not pay for lessons either but that is because I know the ground work, so why would I pay to learn something I already know or like you said pay to train someone else`s horse. Her situation is totally different than ours though and I really honestly believe ground work will help her in dealing with this horse and future horses.

She is paying to learn how to ride and handle horses, so she should learn some ground work as well. There is a slim chance someone without experience is going to straighten this horse out but with the right trainer on hand to help her she can learn how to handle him and other horses with bad ground manners. Just my opinion...
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    10-25-2012, 06:57 PM
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Originally Posted by nikelodeon79    
If I was paying to ride I certainly wouldn't pay to sort someone else's horse out, although I do enjoy groundwork/training.

I might offer, "Hey, do you want me to do some groundwork with that horse?" but no way in heck would I actually PAY for it.
If she wants to get better at handling horses and doing groundwork she either has to work for someone and possibly learn the hard way, or she can be realistic about her skills and say 'hey, I'd like to improve my groundwork, this is an area of horsemanship I'm having difficulty with I'm going to skip a few lessons and instead pay for someone to take some time to teach me some effective and basic groundwork techniques'

I don't see anything wrong with that at all. You can either choose to JUST be a rider and have zero skills on the ground or you can choose to become a horse person.......people pay for riding lessons, why shouldn't someone be able to pay for groundwork lessons? It's better than going in the deep end and finding out the hard way by getting your head kicked off. I sure didn't say she had to PAY to sort someone else's horse out, but she could sure benefit from learning how to deal with a horse like that.

If I was presented with the opportunity to teach a young person groundwork skills, I'd be happy more than happy to see a youth who is interested in something other than riding all the time.

Horsemanship starts from the ground.
     
    10-25-2012, 07:14 PM
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Thanks muppetgirl and countrylove my barn likes for people to know not just about the riding side and in every set of lessons we do an in barn lesson so next in barn I'll ask my instructor if we can do ground work
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    10-25-2012, 07:20 PM
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Thanks muppetgirl and countrylove my barn likes for people to know not just about the riding side and in every set of lessons we do an in barn lesson so next in barn I'll ask my instructor if we can do ground work
Good idea
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    10-25-2012, 08:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Minniebee    
Thanks muppetgirl and countrylove my barn likes for people to know not just about the riding side and in every set of lessons we do an in barn lesson so next in barn I'll ask my instructor if we can do ground work
Ground work can also be really fun I like to mix it up and throw in a game here and there, not like Parelli, but it is fun to mix things up for both of you and the horse (mine enjoy it anyways). Keeps your horse's mind going as well. When they get bored, I find that most of the time they shut down.
     

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