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Groundwork Boredom Busters

Groundwork can be extremely beneficial to both inexperienced and seasoned horses. What I like the most is that it really gives you the ability to analyze the horse's movement much differently than when you would while on their backs. You can produce work for the horse that is mentally stimulating, while at the same time improving their training, and I feel that anything that can be done on the horse can be done from the ground. When training horses, I will use groundwork to introduce the aids and the principles of moving forward or away from pressure before I ever climb on their back. By the time I get on, I would like the horse to know how to go, steer and stop. To accomplish this, I do a lot of work in-hand, long-lining, and lungeing. In my mind, there should be nothing foreign other than the introduction of the…

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