In hand/ tricks/ ground based


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Jun 7, 2021
Hi. Any recommendations for resources to teach tricks/ clicker training/ fun alternatives to riding. To help improve bond.
Open to suggestions!


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Nov 11, 2018
Hello, welcome :) I'm not au fait with clicker training etc, but I'm a firm believer in walking out with your horse, or long reining. Leading them out if you can't ride, I think helps bonding. Also lots of basically faffing around in the stable with them. I spent ages with my recent boy, repetitive training on manners, and basics, like lifting his feet for me, getting accustomed to fly spray etc. The only resources I used really, were time, patience and affection. Oh, and the occasional carrot!.
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Dec 21, 2003
Tik Maynard loose running as on you tube or at his clinic. At the clinic people used spider lines. I learned from watching his demo. For most of these, at least to start with, you need a schooling whip with a short piece of rope attached.
I dont do this loose groundwork at the moment as in my current yard the horses are used for therapy.

I started with Kelly Marks' I watched Michael Peace a lot on Youtube and at demos and also Mark Rashid.

I own a book which is a sort of anthology of ground work. It provides a taster of several trainers:
Lesley Bayley, Groundwork Training for Your Horse: Develop a Deeper Bond with Your Horse Through a Range of Exercises and Games.

But the quality is much better if you go to their original work.

My grand daughter though was taught Parelli style as a child. I dont do Parelli.

I think horses get on better if one limits the method and is consistent. Especially important for people lke me who use RS or share horses, which are handled by many people. I had planned to pay for an hour with Ella to do ground work in the school, but in the end, just the reguar leading and grooming seems to teach good manners. Her reaction to me is to close her eyes and doze at the hitching rail. I want her to be calm with me out hacking and I have not really felt the need to gee her up by waving a whip at her from the ground.
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Jane&Sid these days!
Apr 30, 2010
Surrey Hills
There are a few books on clicker training: I find Alex Kurland's Clicker Training For Your Horse most helpful. If you want to teach a particular trick, first learn the principles, and then figure out how you could break the trick down into little achievable steps.

For building a bond, I think any kind of groundwork works really well. Do you have Rio Barrett's 101 Horsemanship Exercises? If you work through all of those I reckon you would have a very solid bond with your horse!
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chunky monkey

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May 2, 2007
There are some fb groups that post up videos of peoples training.

Also Connection Training website has tips and ideas.
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