My horse likes to stay busy so I try to do a lot of things with her. Now that's its winter and school I can't ride her but I can do ground work. What are some good ground work ideas to keep her fit through the winter? I am also training her to be a barrel racer so is there any ground work that can help with that also?
By the time I get done with my school work and saddle her up its dusk out. And the weather gets bad so its easier to do stuff on the ground. Anyways she needs to do more ground work. She is pretty bad at it.
Whenever I do ground work like lunging or something, she rears and kicks. Its not that she doesn't how to do it its that she doesn't want to do that way. She has kicked me a few times and a couple close calls in the face.
She may be displaying an aversion to the lunge whip as it is often overused, either to hit the horse or snap it. Try keep the tip of the whip close to the ground and out sideways. Ask you horse to move with a kissing sound and if no respons jiggle the whip while it is pointing well away from her. As long as she is walking in the direction you've asked for keep the whip still and away from her as she's done as you've asked. When you ask for trot, use the word then kiss and again jiggle the whip. If she becomes reactive you've over done it. We all make mistakes. Just move the whip farther away. I'm not a fan of asking a horse to canter on the lunge as that is inviting bucking or kicking and it's not necessary.