Teaching OTTB to ground drive

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    06-30-2009, 01:29 PM
Question Teaching OTTB to ground drive

In an effort to get the resident OTTB to bend both directions (left and right, not like Gumby hehe) under saddle, I think I want to teach him to ground drive, but I need someone to teach ME how to ground drive first hehe.

Can I use 2 longe lines as the driving reins? I already have a surcingle. How do I start? I watched some videos on it but alas, no speakers so no sound. :P
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    06-30-2009, 01:42 PM
Yupp. You can use longe lines if you don't have driving lines.
    06-30-2009, 03:47 PM
If it's the surcingle then all you do is clip it to each side of the bridle and through the loops on the surcingle and stand far enough behind the horse so you won't get kicked.

I personally just get two long lunge lines and attach one to each side of the bridle then run the two lines through the stirrups on a saddle. That way the horse can have the training to give to the bit and he will get use to having a saddle on his back.

You just stand behind the horse, make him walk forward and practice lots of circles. Whatever way you want him to bend you pull that reign. The "give and take" method. Once he gives to you release the pressure.

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