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post #1 of 4 Old 04-11-2012, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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What is your groundwork session like?

My horse disrespects me no doubt and only wishes to be back with his buddies whenever he's with me...so I'm working on groundwork with him. My question is what's the best groundwork to do with a horse like this and in what order to do it and for how long?

I feel like I'm all over the place when we do groundwork and that I'm either rushing it or spending too long on something. What's an example of your groundwork sessions?
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-11-2012, 02:51 PM
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I like round penning to get respect. After they get good at it and listen i liek to get them going 1 time around and step in front and make them switch directions and keep doing that so they learn to really watch you.
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post #3 of 4 Old 04-11-2012, 03:38 PM
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I use the Clinton Anderson training (no I don't buy all his name brand equipment as it can be found for much less elsewhere and I buy the videos used). It really does work. I spend about an hour per horse working in the round pen or on a long lead, making sure I am the one making the feet move in the direction I want them. If they want to run....then by all means they are going to run....until I tell them it is ok to stop. It is amazing the difference it makes in a very short period of time.
Every one of my horses can be walked up to in the pasture and haltered. No hiding the halter and lead rope. They know I am the boss and leader but they are also very affectionate. I have their respect and that makes all the difference!
Good luck with your groundwork.
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post #4 of 4 Old 04-11-2012, 04:37 PM
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It depends on the horse, and the current situation, but on average, I don't spend a whole lot of time on the ground. I'm a fan of short and sweet sessions.

If it was a young one, who spent more time on ground then undersaddle, that's different, but for my 15yo who's well finished, I'll mainly just float him around at the trot on line, during that time, really work on his self carriage and frame at the trot and canter. Then I'll work some showmanship at the end just to finesse on that. Pivots, back up, match me, kind of stuff.

If we're someplace new, and he's a little looky, again, I'll just let him float around at the trot as he pleases until I have a consistent ear on me, and he settles.

I do really like Clinton Andersonds ground work. His ground session dvd is probably worth buying.

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