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Hey guys--I'm new here. I'm probably getting a 16H (will be close to 17) solid Paint mare, born 11/2007, who has had the saddle on, and some ground work. We are going to look at her tomorrow, so I will evaluate her more. However, I'm looking to get a list of ground work/things to work on with her and tips the older trainers on here have discovered work well. I've trained my 7 year old Paso Fino from the day she was born, and her ground work was awesome and effective, but under saddle, we had 30 days from a professional when she was 3, and I have just finished 2 years of intense training with the help of a professional, and the horse is finally very well trained. She was a very resentful, unwilling horse with a lot of attitude, but we have conquered that, so I think this next horse will be a lot easier, and I've learned a LOT working under a trainer with my Paso. I'm just looking to see if I might have missed anything in my Pasos ground work/preliminary training that would have made her under-saddle training a lot easier.

Here's what I have:

Picking up all feet
Tying for long periods patiently
Brushing/touch all over, including face/ears/under belly, etc.
Lead and stop on command (I found this very effective with my Paso, now she stops on a dime when I say "whoa")
Ground tie
Throwing a lead rope around the head/legs/belly/behind them, etc...also something that I found very beneficial with my Paso
Lunging (with and without saddle, with and without side reins)
Backing
Moving away from pressure
Ground driving
Bending/flexing
Saddling/bridling

She should already know quite a few of these things, but since I don't know for sure yet, this is just a fast list.

If you have anything that you've learned over the years, anything to add to the list, or any good links/videos you've found, please post them! Thanks!
 

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Have you thought about electric clippers. She may already be used to them, but some horses need work in this area. I guess only if you plan on using clippers on her. :)
 

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Have you thought about electric clippers. She may already be used to them, but some horses need work in this area. I guess only if you plan on using clippers on her. :)
Oh yeah...I don't really use clippers but it would be something good to get her used to. Thanks!
 

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hi dream, welcome to the forum, im new too!
okay, well sounds like you've got the basics.this isnt so much to do with training, but none the less something you should do before you're in the saddle.
i would do traffic. very easy and very important. a horse might seem fine with traffic, but if theres any areas they're not comfortable with, its better to find out on the ground. not nice when you're in the saddle and horse thinks theres a four wheeled death machine coming at him.
check: passing a parked car, passing a running car, letting a car pass you, passing each other and car coming from behind and overtaking you.and car horn, from a distance to start off with, of course, then closer and closer etc. seems unnessesary, but you'd be surprised how ignorant people can be when they meet a horse on the road.
any other desensitizing you can think of..plastic bags,dogs,funny noises (sharp whistles, clapping etc.) you never know what you're gonna run into!
for training that list seems pretty complete to me.
good luck!
 

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hi dream, welcome to the forum, im new too!
okay, well sounds like you've got the basics.this isnt so much to do with training, but none the less something you should do before you're in the saddle.
i would do traffic. very easy and very important. a horse might seem fine with traffic, but if theres any areas they're not comfortable with, its better to find out on the ground. not nice when you're in the saddle and horse thinks theres a four wheeled death machine coming at him.
check: passing a parked car, passing a running car, letting a car pass you, passing each other and car coming from behind and overtaking you.and car horn, from a distance to start off with, of course, then closer and closer etc. seems unnessesary, but you'd be surprised how ignorant people can be when they meet a horse on the road.
any other desensitizing you can think of..plastic bags,dogs,funny noises (sharp whistles, clapping etc.) you never know what you're gonna run into!
for training that list seems pretty complete to me.
good luck!
Thanks--I hadn't really thought of traffic...it was just kind of a given for my Paso...she just never had a problem with it I guess. But that's a great idea!!

And yeah, I'm really big into making lots of noises and waving random stuff, as well as throwing tarps/bags/lead ropes/etc. all over and around my horses. Thanks again!
 
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