Ultimate ground work/young horse tips thread
Hey guys--I'm new here. I'm probably getting a 16H (will be close to 17) solid Paint mare, born 11/2007, who has had the saddle on, and some ground work. We are going to look at her tomorrow, so I will evaluate her more. However, I'm looking to get a list of ground work/things to work on with her and tips the older trainers on here have discovered work well. I've trained my 7 year old Paso Fino from the day she was born, and her ground work was awesome and effective, but under saddle, we had 30 days from a professional when she was 3, and I have just finished 2 years of intense training with the help of a professional, and the horse is finally very well trained. She was a very resentful, unwilling horse with a lot of attitude, but we have conquered that, so I think this next horse will be a lot easier, and I've learned a LOT working under a trainer with my Paso. I'm just looking to see if I might have missed anything in my Pasos ground work/preliminary training that would have made her under-saddle training a lot easier.
Here's what I have:
Picking up all feet
Tying for long periods patiently
Brushing/touch all over, including face/ears/under belly, etc.
Lead and stop on command (I found this very effective with my Paso, now she stops on a dime when I say "whoa")
Throwing a lead rope around the head/legs/belly/behind them, etc...also something that I found very beneficial with my Paso
Lunging (with and without saddle, with and without side reins)
Moving away from pressure
She should already know quite a few of these things, but since I don't know for sure yet, this is just a fast list.
If you have anything that you've learned over the years, anything to add to the list, or any good links/videos you've found, please post them! Thanks!