Join Date: May 2013
Location: Central Florida
• Horses: 0
Good communication, willingness, and connected (mentally) with a rope on (groundwork) is the best foundation to expect easier success at Liberty, in my opinion and experience. If you don't already have that, I'd suggest getting that strong foundation first to set your horse up for success at Liberty. For example if she doesn't understand the body language , or even verbal, cues for send, halt, backup, sideways, yield HG and FQ,,then she's likely to blow you off if you try those at Liberty. I realize that you may mean something different than I'm thinking when you say "Liberty". The other thing to set it up for success is to start in a smaller area, like a rounpen, then move to bigger areas as you progress. It takes a Lot of advancement to send a horse out in a circle around you for several laps, then ask to come to you...in an open field, or to do a figure 8 around two obstacles (or dirt clods if that's all you have), in an open field. Just my opinions, and how I'd recommend that you start---with groundwork. If you already have a good foundation with groundwork, then I'd say simply start in a smallish area trying the same things you can do at groundwork that you KNOW she already understands, and see how they go at Liberty,,,eg. in groundwork will she walk with you at her shoulder, halt if you halt, back if you back, trot if you have more energy...all while keeping you at her shoulder , including turns both directions?? But, all that is just me...you may have different things in mind.
Have fun! stay safe. Keep us updated on your progress.
Be as soft as possible, but as firm as necessary--Pat Parelli