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Horse Dreamer 03-16-2011 02:27 PM

10 minutes a day.
 
I am a beginner in the horse world. I have three horses two of which are rideable. One has saddle issues (which will be address by a pro next month), but has incredible ground manners. I am not confident enough to ride alone yet (husband works) so I don't get to ride daily like I know I and they need. So my question is this; What should I do on the ground daily to gain confidence myself and respect from the horse and have them ready and willing to give when I can ride? Thank you all for the advice!

manca 03-16-2011 03:03 PM

Lunge them, maybe do some naturalhorsemanship if you like that, or just be around them :)

Horse Dreamer 03-16-2011 03:13 PM

I do the lunge them in both directions, and what little I've learned of the Clinton Anderson method. I just feel like there's so much more I could be doing, but just don't know what it is. I'm not looking to become a trainer, I just want to be able to effectively handle my horses.

Zimpatico 03-16-2011 03:19 PM

Have you taken any lessons? I would find a good local trainer to either come to your farm and give you lessons, or go to a stable that has school horses to learn on. Nothing is more vaulable than learning correctly right from the start.

Horse Dreamer 03-16-2011 03:34 PM

I do take lessons, long with me children. We are currently working on more ground stuff. But I really enjoy getting a variety of opinions and suggestions. I have found that I am able to take them all in account and find what works best for me.

crimsonsky 03-16-2011 03:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Zimpatico (Post 964760)
Have you taken any lessons? I would find a good local trainer to either come to your farm and give you lessons, or go to a stable that has school horses to learn on. Nothing is more vaulable than learning correctly right from the start.

this is great advice!

also, if you're comfortable enough with leading the horses around, take them for a walk (one at a time obviously). that will help you to establish leadership with the horse, confidence in yourself and can be fun adventure for the both of you.

PaintHorseMares 03-16-2011 07:25 PM

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Originally Posted by crimsonsky (Post 964789)
also, if you're comfortable enough with leading the horses around, take them for a walk (one at a time obviously). that will help you to establish leadership with the horse, confidence in yourself and can be fun adventure for the both of you.

If (or once) your horses mind you well walking in hand, take them jogging on a lead. It may sound sily, but it's a great way to teach your horse to stay next to you on your shoulder and match your pace.


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