101 Ground Training Exercises for Every Horse & Handler

101 Ground Training Exercises for Every Horse & Handler

by Cherry Hill


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612120522
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 05/08/2012
Series: Read & Ride
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 175,696
Product dimensions: 8.38(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.92(d)

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

Key to Diagrams

Part 1: Laying the Groundwork

Part 2: Hands On: Catch and Touch
1. Approaching to Catch
2. Haltering
3. Unhaltering and Turning Loose
4. Touching All Over
5. Handling the Head
6. Handling Hot Spots

Part 3: Learning to Yield
7. Yielding to Poll Pressure - One Step
8. Yielding to Poll Pressure - Reel In
9. Yielding to Poll Pressure - Head Down
10. Turn on the Forehand
11. Leading at the Walk
12. Position and Personal Space
13. Teaching "Whoa"
14. Arcing Turn
15. Lateral Bend
16. Picking Up Feet
17. In-Hand Pattern
Introduction to Free Longeing
18. Moving Forward
19. Slowing Down
20. Whoa
21. Listen
22. Inside Turn
23. Trot-Lope Transitions
24. Free-Longe Pattern
25. Whoa and Stand
26. Counter Double
27. Backing Up
28. Sending by Halter Pressure
29. Sending by Driving
30. Change of Bend
31. Working against a Rail
32. Guide-Line Pattern
Basic Ground Manners
33. Feeding Manners
34. Standing Still
35. Moving and Positioning
36. Picking Up Foot with Rope
37. Farrier Positions

Part 4: Sacking Out
38. Rope Solo
39. Rope Duo
40. Rope Flip over Head
41. Touching with Whip
42. Flapping Blanket
43. Full Body Contact
44. Person in Blind Spots
45. Person Above
46. Rustling Objects
47. Spray Bottles
48. Hosing Off
49. Sudden Movement
50. Saddling
51. Saddle Sensations
52. Bridling
53. Unbridling
54. Responding to Bit Pressure
55. Leading with Bridle Reins
56. Counter Double with Bit
57. Driving Lines Setup
58. Unusual Occurrences
59. Clipping and Vacuuming
60. Learning about Vehicles
More In-Hand Work
61. Turn on the Hindquarters
62. Sidepass
63. Leading at the Trot

Part 5: Line Longeing and Driving
Introduction to Line Longeing
64. Correct Longe Position
65. Balanced Trot
66. Forward, Downward Transitions
67. Stop Straight and Move into Contact
68. Turn on the Longe
69. Walk-to-Lope Transition
70. Working in Side Reins
71. Longe Pattern
Introduction to Ground Driving
72. Plow-Driving Walk
73. Halt and Stand
74. Change of Bend
75. Side Driving
76. Figure Eight
77. Backing Up
78. Serpentine
79. Driving Pattern
80. Narrow Passage and Low Ceiling
81. Opening and Closing Gates
82. Crossing Ditches and Water
83. Visual Challenges
84. Leading over Odd Footing
85. Following
86. Dragging Objects
87. Carrying Objects
88. Sending over Obstacles
89. Backing through Obstacles
90. In-Hand Obstacle Course
Putting It All Together
91. Ground Tie
92. Come to the Rail
93. Accepting Challenges
94. Soft Jump
95. Ponying
96. Trailer Lead and Tie
97. Trailer Loading
98. Guide-Line Obstacle Course
99. Weaving Cones
100. Ground Poles
101. Driving Obstacle Course


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