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post #1 of 5 Old 09-30-2011, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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Question What are some exercises you do with your horse to teach good ground manners?

What are some good exercises to teach ground manners?
My gelding has the worst ground manners, while my mare has the best! It's quite funny how different horses can be
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one of the most fundamental ones is "back up". And doing this without you, yourself, moving your feet. So, sending the horse away from you with just the line shaking or the use of your fingers "pushing" air and signalling him to back up.

Once you get this, then have your horse learn to stand a good 6 feet away from and just stand there while you are busy doing whatever you need to do. It's a very good excersize to teach a horse to stand and rest away from you, especially if he's one of those hores's that want to be right up on your shoulder all the time.

Send him back away from you then let the line just droop. Mayb let it rest on the ground even (you need a 12 foot lead rope). If horse moves, put him back with a shake of the rope. Once he stands for a good minute, then go over and pet him if he likes that. Or, just him be, standing and resting.
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Indie and I sat down and had a good long conversation of this matter over carrots and coffee.
She came to the conclusion that since she is a mare, and obviously superior since I'm her slave minion who gets her every need taken care of; that she doesn't need these pesky ground manners.

Planning on trying to talk to her about it later.
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one of the most fundamental ones is "back up". And doing this without you, yourself, moving your feet. So, sending the horse away from you with just the line shaking or the use of your fingers "pushing" air and signalling him to back up.

Once you get this, then have your horse learn to stand a good 6 feet away from and just stand there while you are busy doing whatever you need to do. It's a very good excersize to teach a horse to stand and rest away from you, especially if he's one of those hores's that want to be right up on your shoulder all the time.

Send him back away from you then let the line just droop. Mayb let it rest on the ground even (you need a 12 foot lead rope). If horse moves, put him back with a shake of the rope. Once he stands for a good minute, then go over and pet him if he likes that. Or, just him be, standing and resting.
Thank you, I will try this. Do you reccomend anything else?
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