TEN IMPORTANT THINGS TO ACCOMPLISH IN DEVELOPING A STRONG GROUND PROGRAM WITH HORSES

  1. LEAD THE HORSE BEHIND YOU AT THE DISTANCE YOU WANT HIM TO BE – THREE FEET OR FIVE FEET OR TEN FEET AND HAVE HIM STAY AT THE DISTANCE YOU CHOOSE
  2. LEAD THE HORSE BESIDE YOU BOTH ON THE RIGHT AND LEFT SIDE. SAME AS ABOVE WITH YOU CHOOSING THE DISTANCE
  3. HAVE THE HORSE “STAND IN HIS OWN SPACE” AND STAY THERE – NO FORWARD, BACKWARD OR SIDEWAYS MOVEMENT. YOU CHOOSE THE DISTANCE FOR HIM TO BE AWAY FROM YOU
  4. HAVE THE HORSE BACK AWAY FROM YOU BY SHAKING THE LEAD ROPE
  5. MOVE THE HORSE’S HINDQUARTERS BOTH RIGHT AND LEFT BY USING YOUR BODY POSITION AND ENERGY
  6. MOVE THE HORSE’S FOREQUARTERS BOTH RIGHT AND LEFT BY USING YOUR BODY POSITION AND ENERGY. NOTE: THIS IS THE MORE DIFFICULT OF THE TWO MOVEMENTS
  7. HAVE THE HORSE PICK UP AND YIELD ALL FOUR FEET BY USING A ROPE. LATER, HAVE THE HORSE “GIVE” YOU HIS FEET WHEN YOU ASK FOR THEM. NOTE: THIS ALSO HELPS IN HOBBLE-TRAINING THE HORSE
  8. SEND THE HORSE PAST YOU ON A LATERAL LINE BOTH RIGHT AND LEFT (AS OPPOSED TO CIRCLING AROUND YOU) AT THE WALK, TROT, AND CANTER. ADD A DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY BY DOING THIS IN A SPACE BETWEEN YOU AND A FENCE.  THE HORSE SHOULD DO THIS MOVEMENT SMOOTHLY WITHOUT RUSHING THROUGH THE SPACE
  9. HAVE THE HORSE SIDE-PASS BOTH RIGHT AND LEFT BY USING ONLY YOUR BODY POSITION, ENERGY, AND THE LEAD ROPE
  10. HAVE THE HORSE CHANGE DIRECTION BOTH RIGHT AND LEFT BY USING YOUR BODY POSITION, ENERGY, AND LEAD ROPE WHILE HE IS TRAVELING ON A ROUND CIRCLE AND KEEP THE CIRCLE ROUND THROUGHOUT THE MOVEMENT – AT THE WALK, TROT, AND CANTER
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