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Confidence-Building Groundwork for Young Event Horses with Jessica Phoenix

That's why when show season winds down, Canadian Eventing Team member Jessica Phoenix goes back to basic groundwork lessons with all of her horses, whether they are seasoned competitors such as her Olympic mount Exponential and Pan Am gold medal winner Pavarotti, or young horses just starting their eventing careers. Here's Jessica's advice about how to build confidence in your horse from the ground up. "Groundwork is a good confidence-builder for your horse and in turn it gives the rider more confidence than you might think. You can you see how your horse reacts to different situations from the ground and it helps you know what to expect. I put a rope halter on my horses and play natural horsemanship games with them. [You can find plenty of information about natural horsemanship on the internet, or from books or DVDs. Rope halters have knots that work on the pressure points…

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