Thank you kevinshorses for saying what everyone has been thinking. About time.
Awesome story girl! I mean, obviously not awesome he got hurt, but a good testement to the neccesity of proper ground work. Something similair happened to me, riding my Arab gelding when I was 13. He'd been trained to stop dead when someone fell off. We were riding in winter, and coming around a curve, he slipped and went down behind the barn. I was riding English and the force of him crushing my leg between his body and the ice actually cause the stirrup to bend (I still have it!) When he stood up, I was dangling from his side like a Christmas ornament because my foot was trapped. I just calmly said "whoa" and proceeded to holler like crazy for my sister. It took her a good few minutes to hear me and come running out. My angel stood stock still the entire time, and in pain from the boff to his ribs.
It always gives me chills thinking about that day and what COULD have happened. I truly believe groundwork is the key to everything. Some of the signals may change when riding, but that trust and dependability is still there.
I sincerely hope your friend heals fast, and a huge kudos to his brilliant training saving his life! Kudos to you as well for being so quick to act.
Woah! That's scary!!
I've been doing ground work with my mare recently, and she knows the word "woah"
I was canter around, and a friend of mine had her horse out and told him to "woah" and my horse stopped dead, and I almost flew off!
I have a mft and whoa. Is everything to him I think he prides himself on it... lol he's by far the best at grownd wrk I have. But whoa can be crazy scary when he's running... awesome story I knew grownd work at 7 was still good!
Considering that it's been a LONG time since I've been on a horse, one that was old and docile at that, what's the best thing to start on when training the horse on ground work? I have future plans to gentle and train my own foal.