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  1. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    mods please move if not in the right sub believe it or not, I DO want my horse to be my buddy :) and i would love some tips and exercises to help this happen! I have a new horse, he is a very nervous and pretty hot. As someone coming from a chill quarter horse mare, it’s a big jump! indoor...
  2. Liberty and Trick Training
    Not sure if this is the right category for this question... I’m looking for fun groundwork ideas to do with my old man. A little backstory - I have an older horse (mid 20s) who has EPM (he is stable enough for light riding). After his treatment, while we were working to build back muscle, I did...
  3. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hey everyone! I have an almost 2 year old Belgian cross filly. I got her unhandled and she has been so good with training, but she can be pretty lazy. What I am struggling with is when leading she lags behind me so bad that my arm is outstretched behind me all the way while walking. She does...
  4. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hello everyone! My horse has been out of consistent work the last few years, not because of injury or anything, but Im looking to focus on horsemanship training with my horse as I slowly get her back into shape under saddle. We recently had a change in home for her and I figured this would be...
  5. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hey, y’all! How should I start taking on client horses? Here’s a little tid-bit about me. i am 18yo, I’ve been riding since I was 5 from there I started helping my aunt rehabilitate and train rescues and I’ve even have experience with OTTBs through her. Ive been doing “resale project horses”...
  6. General Riding queries
    I am based in Switzerland, I’m a 40yo rerider looking to build up my confidence around horses, get more used to their reactions/movements/protests from the ground to complement my weekly riding private lesson. I have just been turned down as “stall helper” by my BO (with whom I haven’t got the...
  7. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Recently, I have been working with a rehab barn that takes sick and injured or abused horses, rehabilitates them, and adopts them out. I am mainly working with one horse, who can’t be ridden anymore due to a neurological issue. I still train him on groundwork and building up his back muscles. He...
  8. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    My 8-year-old mare is currently out of work due to a sore back, and will not be ridden for about a month before starting walk/pole work. I thought that this would be a great time to bond with her and do lots of groundwork. Freddie is the definition of a mare, and is prone to dramatic mood...
  9. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    I've been working on the Parelli Games/Groundwork and I was hoping someone here would have some tips. Just some basic tips on what to do if the horse isn't responding to anything, doesn't know the groundwork, or has done groundwork but in another discipline? I'm just fuzzy on the whole matter...
  10. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hi guys, gosh I don't even know where to start! I want to be able to do groundwork and have respect and attention from my horses, but I don't know how to start with "groundwork". **I can't get a experienced horsey person or trainer to help me, so that's out of the question.** 1. When I'm...
  11. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    I bought my 16 year old gelding a month ago and am working on ground work because he is underweight and seems uncomfortable when ridden. My issue is that he wants to be on top of me - he does hind end circles fine, but when I ask him to step out and circle me to either side, he kind of...
  12. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    I need help with my mares and groundwork, as I want to start Liberty but don't know where to start! one of my mares, rain, is a very lazy horse. When I'm leading her in from our 600acre paddock, she will often stop and refuse to move unless I give her a tap with the lead rope (sometimes doesn't...
  13. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    What are some good horsemanship/groundwork exercises to do with your horse and improve ground manners?
  14. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hi y'all, My horse is almost 13 years old, and I got her about three years ago. She grew up around kids and was trained as a trail horse. When I got her, she hadn't been ridden in a few years since there was simply nobody to ride her. Since I don't have a round pen (I'll be getting one very...
  15. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    I have been half leasing a horse for about three months now and I have a very strong feeling he doesn't like me very much! I've checked out a couple of other posts about horses with his 'symptoms' and it seems like it is a lack of respect. I really like him a lot and try to let him know, but it...
  16. General Riding queries
    Okay, so this question has been irking me for ages. I just have to know. The title is kind of oddly phrased, but basically what I'm wondering is if groundwork and generally handling horses outside of riding was/is part of your lessons. I ask because I took lessons for years at several barns...
  17. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hi there, Admittedly, I am new to using these supplies for lunging. I've always have had older, experienced horses so any help would be lovely....This is my first time troubleshooting through groundwork. For starters, I think the surcingle needs to be closer up on the withers here, right? The...
  18. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Another past blog: Dec. 17, 2013 "Attention" Where is your horse’s? How do you get it? Hopefully, these are important questions that are currently on your horsemanship radar. If not…One of the single biggest factors in determining how safe your horse is, and how he responds to you is where...
  19. Horse Health
    Hi there, In September I had to make a hard decision and put my horse of 4 years out on full loan while I went away to uni. In Jan/Feb he fell ill and had to have major surgery in which he had a foot of intestine removed due to ulcers and a disease called 'meckel's diverticulum'! Due to a change...
  20. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    So, I recently bought a 2011 "off the track" STB who was never raced (too slow, apparently...seems pretty darn quick to me haha). I have spent a little bit of time trying to get him to trot in hand, and it is a struggle. But, when I run beside him in his paddock, he runs with me perfectly, step...
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