Helping Others With Equines

Dee Howe

Ground Work

Things to remember:

  1. Be patient.  Give the horse time to figure out what you want. 
  2. Be consistent.  Do not alter you directions when the horse is confused.  You may have to repeat a cue several times.  Do not quit till you get what you want.
  3. The whip is an extension of your hand.  Pet your horse with it as well as correct them.  Use your index finger to be more direct when pointing the whip for a direct reason.
  4. As soon as you get the result you want breath out and relax while still keeping your attention on your horse so that they keep their attention on you.
  5. A horse reads your body language before they hear verbal commands.
  6. Refrain from consoling your horse while they are confused.  Praise them when they make an effort to understand your cues.
  7. Always quit on a good note.  Even if you have to settle for something less than expected. 
  8. Round penning is the preliminary work done to teach the horse how collect and develop the muscles properly to carry weight while moving.
  9. Bodywork and wrapping greatly improve the results of round penning your horse.


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