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post #1 of 4 Old 11-15-2012, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Learning to Ground Drive

I have been working with my mustang colt for a year now. I have taught him all he knows, including leading, tying, foot handling, longeing, etc. In the spring, I will be starting him lightly under saddle. Before then, I think that it would be valuable for him to learn to ground drive this winter. The caveat is that while I have 15 years of horse riding, training, and handling experience... I have only ground driven a horse about five or six times. These were with experienced horses and under the guidance of a professional.

Is it crazy to think that with plenty of research and preparation, I'll be able to train my two year old to ground drive? Of course prior to this I'll be working more to be sure that he is 100% okay with ropes and lines around his legs, and have him familiar with yielding to direct rein pressure.

Because I'm slightly paranoid about inadvertently "ruining" his mouth, I thought I would start him off in a basic side pull set-up. Would there be any reason that this might be a bad idea? Fortunately he is very responsive overall and isn't likely just to "run through" me.
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-15-2012, 02:06 PM
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When we start ours, we put the bridle over a flat buckle halter. The lines go through the bit ring to the cheek ring on the halter. That way if they get tangled up, which they do, they are not directly connect to the bit. Never had a Problem with ours learning to guide.
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I think you'll be just fine. I think ground driving is pretty valuable tool to have on a green horse.
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #4 of 4 Old 11-15-2012, 02:20 PM
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I like the idea of a side pull to start. However, I am also in the same position you are so those are just my totally amateur thoughts. :/
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