Ground training is the key to a safe and pleasurable riding experience. Designed for easy reference while working with your horse, this guide can be hung on a post. Riders of all disciplines and skill levels will benefit from these exercises that reinforce good habits and help develop a strong bond between horse and rider.
About the Author
Cherry Hill is an internationally known instructor and horse trainer and has written numerous books, including 101 Arena Exercises for Horse & Rider, Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage, How to Think Like a Horse, What Every Horse Should Know, and Horse Care for Kids. Visit her at www.horsekeeping.com, where you can find information on her books, DVDs, and horsekeeping knowledge.
Table of Contents
IntroductionKey to DiagramsPart 1: Laying the GroundworkPart 2: Hands On: Catch and Touch1. Approaching to Catch2. Haltering3. Unhaltering and Turning Loose4. Touching All Over5. Handling the Head6. Handling Hot SpotsPart 3: Learning to Yield7. Yielding to Poll Pressure - One Step8. Yielding to Poll Pressure - Reel In9. Yielding to Poll Pressure - Head Down10. Turn on the Forehand11. Leading at the Walk12. Position and Personal Space13. Teaching "Whoa"14. Arcing Turn15. Lateral Bend16. Picking Up Feet17. In-Hand PatternIntroduction to Free Longeing18. Moving Forward19. Slowing Down20. Whoa21. Listen22. Inside Turn23. Trot-Lope Transitions24. Free-Longe Pattern25. Whoa and Stand26. Counter Double27. Backing Up28. Sending by Halter Pressure29. Sending by Driving30. Change of Bend31. Working against a Rail32. Guide-Line PatternBasic Ground Manners33. Feeding Manners34. Standing Still35. Moving and Positioning36. Picking Up Foot with Rope37. Farrier PositionsPart 4: Sacking Out38. Rope Solo39. Rope Duo40. Rope Flip over Head41. Touching with Whip42. Flapping Blanket43. Full Body Contact44. Person in Blind Spots45. Person Above46. Rustling Objects47. Spray Bottles48. Hosing Off49. Sudden Movement50. Saddling51. Saddle Sensations52. Bridling53. Unbridling54. Responding to Bit Pressure55. Leading with Bridle Reins56. Counter Double with Bit57. Driving Lines Setup58. Unusual Occurrences59. Clipping and Vacuuming60. Learning about VehiclesMore In-Hand Work61. Turn on the Hindquarters62. Sidepass63. Leading at the TrotPart 5: Line Longeing and DrivingIntroduction to Line Longeing64. Correct Longe Position65. Balanced Trot66. Forward, Downward Transitions67. Stop Straight and Move into Contact68. Turn on the Longe69. Walk-to-Lope Transition70. Working in Side Reins71. Longe PatternIntroduction to Ground Driving72. Plow-Driving Walk73. Halt and Stand74. Change of Bend75. Side Driving76. Figure Eight77. Backing Up78. Serpentine79. Driving Pattern80. Narrow Passage and Low Ceiling81. Opening and Closing Gates82. Crossing Ditches and Water83. Visual Challenges84. Leading over Odd Footing85. Following86. Dragging Objects87. Carrying Objects88. Sending over Obstacles89. Backing through Obstacles90. In-Hand Obstacle CoursePutting It All Together91. Ground Tie92. Come to the Rail93. Accepting Challenges94. Soft Jump95. Ponying96. Trailer Lead and Tie97. Trailer Loading98. Guide-Line Obstacle Course99. Weaving Cones100. Ground Poles101. Driving Obstacle CourseIndex