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Groundwork & Grooming

For those of us who love spending hours grooming and playing with our horses from the ground. For the people who love establishing a strong bond and a respect level instead of just hopping on for a ride.

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Latest Activity: Mar 21, 2014

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Despooking Games 19 Replies

Started by Laura. Last reply by Ayesha Jul 1, 2010.

This is my dream, can YOU help me turn it into a reality? 7 Replies

Started by Gabrielle. Last reply by Jennifer Lamm Jun 19, 2009.

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Comment by Cindy Jeffery on June 17, 2009 at 11:50pm
Hey Gabi, checked out your blog what a great idea! You are definitely a young woman with a lot of good horsemanship stuff to get out. I love thoughts on "natural horsemanship" and I agree whole heartedly. In fact that is very much how we live with horses around here. If my husband would allow it we would live in a house built semi underground where our six horses could live with us as well. But he's not into them like I am, so I accept willingly what he can offer in that regard. He is a sweet guy and tries the best he can. Anyway, I spent many years trying to be a "successful, controlling horsewoman" it didn't work. There was no half way, it was all my way at any cost. I am ashamed to say I abused many horses out of my ignorance. Now I am older and have seen the error I committed I am able to enjoy the horses we have as individuals, friends, companions on or off their backs. We continue to progress slowly in their training as I learn to meet them half way. Bless you Gabi, keep up the good messages.
Comment by Gabrielle on June 17, 2009 at 6:38pm
Sounds brilliant Cindy!

and rather slow and successful than hasty and hazardous ;-)
keep up the good work x
Comment by Cindy Jeffery on June 16, 2009 at 12:23am
Right now I'm working with a girl who has fallen in love with my 6 year old gelding Ryn. He is quite green yet but he loves being groomed and will behave and stand quite still even stretching and lowering his back for her to reach. So, her lesson with him consists of grooming and leading and getting him used to the idea that she will ride him one day. It's slow for me to watch but she is determined and even though it is slow I know she will have a strong bond with this horse and they will eventually do wonderful things together. So, I get to sit back and observe, give advice, make corrections and watch the metamorphisis take place. :-)
Comment by Gabrielle on June 8, 2009 at 7:42pm
if you say so...I'm not here to debate different Url shortening thingys...don't know what to call them even! lol

So whats everyone up too with their horses?
Comment by Stephanie Sanderson on June 8, 2009 at 10:20am
works better and is easy to use.
Comment by Gabrielle on June 8, 2009 at 8:05am
Groundwork and grooming! deffinately crucial in the world of horses! great idea for a group :)

I've looked into different horsemen's methods, inc. Monty Roberts, Parelli, Klaus Hempfling...the list goes on, and have found that doing groundwork, and spending time with your horse helps create a way stronger bond! The li'l pony, Marcus I brought on, is now on loan to a young girl, and has been for almost a year, but still comes over to me when I come to his field (he's kept on the same yard as my horse, Shadow).

Also groundwork helps majorly with riding!!!!! whoooooooop, ok I may be slightly over excited at having found this group, but its always great to find like minded people :)

oh and Shirley, I noticed your youtube link was really long. If you want to shorten it, become a member of and go to tools, you can use their RF.Url to shorten links...I've become a fan.

Anyway, I'll be around,
Comment by Shirley on May 24, 2009 at 12:08am
I hope you can view this from this link. It is about what is happening to the horses out west.
Comment by Jenna Merkley on April 24, 2009 at 9:36pm
When I used to be not allowed to ride my horse until my parents got home all i could do was ground work. Today if i run....she follows!!
Comment by Chris Rennie on March 21, 2009 at 8:20am
I can't remember who taught me these wise words, but when I was a kid, someone told me to make sure that I always spent at least as long grooming each day as I spent riding. It is one of the best ways to reward and thank our horses for the work they do for us. Not to mention the stress relief that we get from the work.
Comment by standard5acres on March 2, 2009 at 8:16pm
I've had my wonderful gelding since he was a wild weanling on a local Indian reserve, never seen humans til he was herded into my trailer. Now 6yrs old, we have come a LONG way & I always take pride when others make such lovely comments about him. Since he's been slow maturing (mentally & physically, with his draft portion) & I've gone through my OWN child-bearing... we've done a LOT of ground-work. We've just begun SERIOUS under saddle work spring 2008 (he was 5yrs).

I've even organized ground clinics in my area as well. It's SO important!! Often a gap in training, especially in the english riders, which I'm a part of. And LOTS of grooming too!

I LOVE ground-work questions, so if you wanna ask questions I'm happy to 'spew' advice/tips! =) Been in horses for over 22yrs & had a few wild young'ens & just challenging adults too.

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