some ground work ideas - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 03-08-2009, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 3
• Horses: 0
some ground work ideas

my mare is wanting to buck on the 5th or 6th ride looking for some ground work exerscises to help. i have checked for back pain.
micro368 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 Old 03-09-2009, 12:03 AM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Cold Lake
Posts: 20
• Horses: 0
how old is your mare?
manatee is offline  
post #3 of 4 Old 03-09-2009, 12:08 AM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Cold Lake
Posts: 20
• Horses: 0
Lots of horses do that, its just a way of testing you. I have heard of using a bag of oats on a horse in replacement of a rider. I have never used that method though. If it were me I would lunge her until she starts licking her lips and putting her head down (signs that she wants to be wiht you) then get on her and ride her. Make sure to put her away on a good note. Dont let her get away with it. When does she buck? like are you leaving the barn? her herd?
manatee is offline  
post #4 of 4 Old 03-09-2009, 09:33 PM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 111
• Horses: 0
Lounging is always a good way to work on the ground. As long as you focus on the horse paying attention to you and listening to what you tell her to do. If you are just running her to run it's actually counter productive. Make her focus on you and when you tell her to go faster, slow down, or change direction.

You could also do desensitizing with her and get her to accept new, scary things. By doing this she will trust you more.

Also, you can stand facing her and get her to back up. Start by lightly shaking the lead rope, and gradually shake it more until she takes a step back. The instant she does stop! Back her a few more times and then ask her to come to you. Repeat the exercise 2-3 times. This teaches her that you are the dominant and she must listen to you.

You can also get her to give to pressure. Stand next to her and apply light pressure (such as a gentle push) to try to get her to move sideways AWAY from you. She'll more than likely push against you. Keep increasing the pressure until she moves. It may become a battle to see who is more stubborn, but don't back down. If you do it teaches her that she doesn't have to listen to you because you will back down. When she does move stop pushing her immediately. This is her reward. Be sure to do this on both sides and in different areas: shoulder, side, hindquarters, ect. This will also teach her that you are the dominant and that she moves out of your space.

You can always just take your horse for a walk. It's a fun way to spend time together, and she has to listen to you. She'll get more out of it if you turn, stop, and back a lot.

Hopefully that helped :)

"Maieutic Manege"
The art of horsemanship through sharing new ideas with one another
MaieuticManege is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
ground work appylover31803 Natural Horsemanship 11 12-11-2008 03:50 PM
Ground Work Moxie Horse Training 5 10-05-2008 07:43 PM
ground work ilovemydun Horse Training 9 01-07-2008 07:33 PM
Ground work MrsSnyder Horse Training 2 08-30-2007 09:09 AM
haflinger to trainer ground work or saddle work????? carriegeorge100 Horse Training 3 05-10-2007 01:43 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome