Doing Ground Work with a Horse for the First Time

This is a remake of the “How to do Ground Work with your Horse” video. I go over 7 basic ground work exercises only this time with horses that have never done these exercise before. You’ll get to see first hand how I train horses to do these exercises. Last time I did it with my horse, Dandy, who has done these exercises for years. If you want to see a more polished version of these exercise, I linked the video with him below. I did all of the 7 exercises in this video except circles. I plan on coming out with another video solely on circle sometime in the next few months. Let me what you think in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!

How to do Ground Work with Your Horse (with Dandy):


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9 Responses

  1. sdrawkcabdellepsgnithemos
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    My horse is having trouble with the hind leg yield. It used to come easy, but now I can put all my pressure on her hip and she won't even budge.

  2. Jessica Trainer
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    Thank you so much for doing this video again with an unfamiliar horse! I'm having trouble getting my horse to move his front end on steady pressure, he backs up…any suggestions?

  3. Amy Steck
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    This is an awesome video!!! Thank you

  4. Reza Towhidy
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    Liked the way you were talking. I thought I were watching a mature professional trainer. Than you for making this video. God Bless.

  5. Reza Towhidy
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    I’m a going to train my filly for the first time. I learned a lot from you in such a short time. Can’t wait till tomorrow morning to start. Keep up the good work. Thank you very much.

  6. suzanneyorkville
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    love your laid back style…just goes to show you can get the job done and everybody is happy

  7. Pam Potts
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    You are awesome!

  8. leannc73
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    This is very helpful for me. Thank you for starting off with the basics. I look forward to learning more and having a wonderful relationship with my horse.

  9. ebarnett32
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    This is a great video – very helpful tips on some of the basics. I'm very new to handling horses. The horse my step-daughter rode ended up lame and can't be ridden. He's on stall rest except for 20 minute walks and light exercise. I'm trying to do things that stimulate his mind and are "fun" for him. I've noticed in much of the training videos I've watched, the trainer will correct the horse for something like "being heavy", "lack of energy in the movement", "not paying enough attention or lack of focus on the trainer", etc – I have to admit…I can't tell if our horse is violating any of the expectations or not…he does what I ask (most of the time)…but I don't have a keen enough eye to recognize the subtleties more experienced people identify. Do you have any suggestions for me? What do I look for in these exercises? How do I improve identifying if he's doing the right thing or in the right way? Thanks so much!

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