Originally Posted by thesilverspear View Post
Hard to suggest more groundwork, not knowing how schooled the horse is. For that matter, I work on the ground stuff with a view to riding a sane, well-mannered horse and once the horse is reasonably educated under saddle, don't mess about with with the groundwork at all, other than the odd correction here or there if the horse has a brain fart and doesn't pay attention. So it's hard for me to think of exercises to do just for the sake of doing them.
That all said, these are the sort of things I work on or questions I ask of a horse. Does this horse long-line? Does the horse match whatever speed you're going when you're leading her? Does she stop when you stop? Does she trot with you when you run? Does she do turn on forehand or haunches easily and lightly when you ask? Does she have a light and willing back up? Will she lead over various configurations of ground poles? Does she ground tie? Does she tie sensibly? Will she stand quietly next to any object you fancy using as a mounting block?
Honestly the ground work is more for me and truly is my attempt to bond and gain trust. My horse is way more advanced than I am. She has had quite a bit of training. I am only waiting to ride her until I have more training. I have not ridden much and she is a Paso Fino with lots of brio. Here are a few videos of my SIL riding her:
My MIL only rode her a couple of times while contemplating buying her and swears she may have been drugged though I tend to think it was more of an environment change (my horse is more sensitive than others in that area in my opinion). My MIL does say though that my horse used to move really fast under saddle and rarely walked until I started working with her - so, I think I am accomplishing something...
She has a few issues - head shy and jumpy (at times, not all of the time); however, if I am at ease, she is at ease even when something jumps out at her. When she jumps, she simply jumps. She does not run off - so that's good right? I'm still desensitizing myself, but I'm confident we will get it :) My fear is that if I ride her before I am ready, I will spook - she will spook - and it will set us back. Keep in mind I've never ridden a horse that moves as quick as she does. Does this horse long-line?
Forgive me if I sound like an idiot, but what does long-line mean? Does the horse match whatever speed you're going when you're leading her?
I've honestly never tried anything other than walking her on a lead rope. I'll try trotting tonight :) Does she stop when you stop?
Yes Does she do turn on forehand or haunches easily and lightly when you ask?
Yes Does she have a light and willing back up?
Will she lead over various configurations of ground poles?
I haven't tried that. I will do that also :) Does she ground tie?
I do not know how to do that.. (this is something I've never seen my MIL do) help? Does she tie sensibly?
Crossties? Yes. Will she stand quietly next to any object you fancy using as a mounting block?
My MIL does not use mounting blocks, which I think is silly cause it sure would be easier! How do I practice that (besides the obvious, are there certain steps that lead up to it)?