Before you go riding spend time on your groundwork. Your rides will be safer and a lot more fun (for you and your horse).
Groundwork doesn’t have to be boring. Some things you can teach your horse include…
- Follow your movements / dance with you
- Fetch objects (eg pick your hat up off the ground)
- Fancy dressage movements (eg Spanish Walk)
- Strengthening and stretching exercises (gets your horse physically ready for riding)
All these type of exercises improve the communication between you and your horse.
Never go out for a ride if you are worried that your horse might not do what you ask. You need to be sure that you and your horse have a very good connection before you head out to places where you are likely to meet new things and situations.
You want your horse to really listen to you and to be expecting cues from you telling them what to do. Groundwork is a really good way to build this type of connection.
There is nothing wrong with staying at home and just spending time with your horse doing simple, fun, groundwork exercises. These will do wonders for your relationship and your rides will be safer and a lot more enjoyable!
Do you want more ideas for fun and interesting groundwork activities? We have lots of them in the Horse Tricks Academy. Come join us!
(We only open the Academy to new members a few times a year)
The Horse Tricks Academy is an interactive online video-based training program that will take you and your horse step-by-step from simple tricks to doing wonderful things together!
Plus you will have access to a community of like-minded people (700+ members) who provide lots of fun and support.