Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians View Post
She sounds like she's kind of an old fashioned (for lack of better words) type of trainer. Back in the day, they taught you how to groom before riding, how to tack up, how to ride and how to untack, end of lesson.
I don't really remember being taught much in the way of ground work, not as a discipline unto itself. More, it was taught as how to break a horse. You tacked up, put the horse in the bull pen and you ground drove the horse around before you got up on it, in the bull pen so things couldn't get too far out of hand.
For the racehorses, we started them in a 36' X 36' manege, until they were accepting enough of saddle and bridle to go out and breeze.
Once you had done the ground driving, you rode the horse in the arena and that was pretty much that for ground work. Until you introduced the jumping aspect, then you set up the bull pen so you could drive the horse around and it had to go over the small obstacles you'd set up. It's only fairly recently that more ground work has come into fashion.
I think right now, many people are getting stuck on the ground work and many use it as an excuse to not have to ride their horses but eventually I think things will come full circle and settle out.
Well when I told her today that I just subbed to Warwick Schiller, I asked if she knew who he was and she said no. I was surprised. So I asked if she knew who Clint Anderson was and she said no. But she does know Parelli. Just going by her reaction, I could tell 100% that shes not a horsemanship person. Shes not overly fascinated by it like many are.
Its obvious that shes more of a riding instructor than natural horsemanship (which is fine by me). Theres lots of riding instructors out there who still know their horsemanship really well and definitely more than good enough to teach others. She fits the bill.
I was going to ask her about liberty training but if shes not a huge horsemanship person, then I highly doubt shes very much into liberty training (which Im very much into and would love to persue down the road) with my mare.
Thats one thing that I miss from the old barn and the old trainer. She did ground work a lot with her customers and I was always able to sit in on them and observe. There was another boarder there who was just a few years younger than me, but for knowledge and experience she was exactly on my level. She was like me, very much a rookie in all areas of the horse world. I often learned a lot by observing her just handling her gelding. She weighs around 100lbs and her gelding is 16hh and she would often struggle to lead him. He would stay still. So she often would come to me asking for him to get his feet moving. This was way back in May when I didnt have my mare and I was there volunteering, mucking paddocks and grooming the barn helpers 7 ponies. Only difference between her and I was that she had her gelding for a full year before she started doing lessons with him. For a rookie, thats an awful long time to go without any lessons. But she started from the ground up as well, starting with earning his respect.
I also told my trainer today the same as you guys, that if I was to buy my mare today, from the knowledge and experience I have gained over the past 5 months, I would have done a lot of things much differently. I would have been able to lunge her much more efficiently right from the get go. I wouldnt have let her get away with a bunch of little things here and there because I now know what to look for. Im much more aware when handling her. I value just how important body language is. The fact that each time we are working with our horses, we are teaching them something new. Horses are always learning.
But she said whats done is done, for instance no point in lunging her again because shes well past that point.
Do you guys ever see a use for lunging my mare ever again?