Posts Tagged ‘Ground Training’

Mary Misbehavin Has Turned into a Flower

Ain't Misbehavin - - Despooking ex-race horse Mary Misbehavin

Just a couple of pics of PK Mary Violet (Mary Misbehavin) enjoying life on the farm. I’ve been doing ground work almost every day, and she is doing so well. The second picture is her with the bag of rocks on her back after I threw it all around her, up against her legs, under her and dragged it all over from behind and in front etc. She doesn’t even bother to look at it.

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Becoming the Herd Leader

Taxi learns who is in charge. When horses first arrive, you tend to want to love on them and let them get away with things. In reality this is the most important time of all. You need to establish the “herd order”. You need to let the new horse know you are in charge and that the horse is not the leader – you are!

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Little Silic and the Alpha Mare

I cannot begin to tell you what a difference you have made in the both of us in such a short period of time. I no longer have an issue with him planting his feet and not moving to go back in his stall, and you would be proud of me, I have not offered him a treat as a bargaining tool, he remembered your teaching — go in the stall or move your feet ! I have reinforced this the day after you left by doing exactly what you showed me! I think he’s in state of shock because ‘MOM’ went from giving him treats to pinning my ears when I ask him to do something. . .

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Building a Bond with an OTTB

Molly and Antioch after just four months have built a bond and trust between them that could never be matched if she had purchased a ‘made’ horse. Starting a young horse or an off-the-track Thoroughbred takes time and dedication. Most teenage girls just want to be showing and winning ribbons not spending time training a horse. Molly is different, she is enjoying the training process and is taking the time to do all the little steps that will allow her to bond with Anitoch and they will become partners. Watch this video of Molly and Antioch and see how doing ground work and spending time has paid off with a special bond. Great work Molly.

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Monarch’s Reign – One Month Update

Since Monarch’s former owners and his trainer are anxious to know how he’s doing, I thought I’d send a quick update on him (even though we talk about him almost every day!) I have to say that today was really amazing, both for me and for Monarch. We’ve been together just one month now, and…

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