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Horse Training: Why Is Groundwork Important?

Jun 14, 2008
Have you ever taken a wild horse and tried to get it to do anything? It is not exactly the easiest thing in the world to do. In fact, it can be downright dangerous to you as a horse handler. The horse has instincts and these instincts serve to protect it from harms way.

If the horse is wild, you are of course foreign to it and that could very well pose a threat to you. Horses act on their basic instincts. It is not that they purposely try to hurt you. It is just that they are scared and need reassurance. As a horse handler, this is something that you will manage over a short bit of time. You will accomplish this through the means of groundwork.

Groundwork is an essential first step in horse training. Before anything else can be mastered, the groundwork must come first. Mastery of groundwork signals readiness to move onto the advanced training levels. This level of training allows you to establish and build a relationship with your horse. Only after this is accomplished, can you proceed onto the next level of training.

Grooming is a very important part of groundwork. Grooming allows you to stimulate your horse. It allows the horse to start trusting you and it creates boundaries. Established boundaries are crucial so this is a good time to start eliminating bad habits in a controlled and trusting manner.

Groundwork is also a stepping stone for advanced work with your horse. This is where you can teach the basics and it is already finished before you even saddle up to start riding. You have to think of training as laying the foundation for things yet to come. Once the foundation is set, you start to build up from there piece by piece.

Every person or place needs such a foundation and your horse is no different. Basics are great and really need to be taught as early as possible. Not only does this help in future training techniques, but it also gives you the opportunity to create a relationship with the horse and create a training system that is solid right from the start. When you establish a relationship with your horse, it will be much easier for it to trust you and follow your commands.

Finally, groundwork is not only vital to your safety but also to the safety of your horse as well. Without this type of training element, you might find it hazardous just getting the horse to leave its stall. This can be very dangerous to both you and the horse.

Therefore, it is important to start laying the foundation right from the beginning. Soon after that, you will be able to establish a trusting and calm relationship between you and your horse. Who says horses cant be mans best friend too?
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Alan Largo is the creator and administrator of Wild Horse Trainer and strives to assist others identify with various horse and other equine-related topics through informative reviews. You're invited to visit Wild Horse Trainer to read his most recent article review.
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