Foundation Principles of Horsemanship--Groundwork

This class is for:

  • Those wanting to refine their skills and increase their understanding of what it takes to create a safe useful horse.
  • Anyone wishing to increase his or her knowledge of the details that are essential to understand in order to have a horse that is non-resistant, content, and safe to be around and ride.
  • Those preparing the young horse to be ridden.
  • Those working through problems of behavior or balance with their horse.
  • People with issues, such as fear, anxiety, or a lack of confidence.

What this class will offer you and your horse:

  • A gain in confidence on the ground, which will transfer into the saddle with your horse.
  • Learn basic schooling techniques and skills that prepare the horse for the first rides or to improve the horses balance and cooperation.
  • Learn how to create balance and bring the horse onto the bit.
  • Learn how to communicate your desires to the horse in a manner that the horse can understand.
  • Learn how to prepare the horse for transitions, changes of rein,
  • changes of gait, etc.
  • How to establish leadership through being able to help the horse balance himself, relax and become content, and through gaining the skills which help the horse understand your requests.
  • Learn exercises (in the halter and with the bit) such as; one-rein driving, yielding to presences and pressure, turn on the forehand, turn on the haunches, in-hand flexions. The horses will be worked long and low and up on the bit in self-carriage.
  • Learn how to create relaxation in the horse and stretch his back, bringing these two things together with forward movement creating engagement in the horse’s back and an obedient horse.




True Balance