With Dante having gained muscle mass, weight, and on really good food, he’s had much more of a teenager personality lately. He’s being transitioned off the complete feed, now that hes eating fresh grass in 24/7 turnout. I’m glad he’s feeling and looking so good! But I have to keep on him about having and showing respect. He’s just testing boundaries and seeing what he can get away with 😛
So we’ve been doing lots of groundwork, and I love it! Switches it up since I’ve been cautious and not riding as much as I’d like, while my head heals from my concussion. I’m going to share my favorite groundwork exercises I’ve been doing and teaching him!
Lunging with verbal cues
He’s already pretty good at this, but struggles with canter transitions.
Good resource for how to teach this and troubleshooting scenarios: https://downunderhorsemanship.com/troubleshoot-yield-forequarters/
Backing up on command
Lowering and giving into pressure on his head
Helpful when I want to move a ground poll…etc without him moving.
Tying and standing still/being patient while tied
Flexing (with lead roped to girth) and Lateral Stretching (Carrot Stretches)
Stepping on and over tarps/contractor bags
Thin Trees (used as cavaletti)
Gallon plastic (water or milk) jugs
Unloading slowly, not panicking.
Standing calmly in the trailer