This article is a precursor to the articles that are coming. In this article I will attempt to explain what the next several articles will be about.
These next few articles are going to be about “Ground Play” from my ‘From the Ground Up’ concepts ‘Skills Learning School’ events. In these articles entitled, ‘Ground Play’, I will be attempting to relay the information of the ‘ground skills’ I feel, are a necessity to helping the horse to understand what we are asking when we get in the saddle; And for us, also, to begin to understand the horse.
This “Ground Play” concept is something we see the horses do every day. If we will study the horses in the pasture we will see every one of these concepts. Each one has a specific purpose. These “Ground Play” concepts are designed to help put us in the leadership role. I don’t like the term boss or Alpha. Leader is a better term for me. If we think of ‘boss’ or ‘Alpha’ we tend to think in terms of making the horse. I had rather think in terms of ‘teaching’ the horse.
Every time we are with our horses, we are teaching; whether good or bad. So, for that reason alone I need to know how the horse thinks and think as the horse does.
In these “Ground Play” concepts we learn some things such as controlling the horses’ feet, whether moving or standing still; which direction to move in; concepts of moving off pressure and why; we will be learning to ask the right questions or ask the questions correctly.
Everything we do on the ground does, in some way, transfer to the saddle. This “Ground Play” helps to, also, develop a Thinking Horse. A horse that understands what it is we are asking. It will be our specific body posture our horse will begin recognize as our language and get in tune with it. There will be several AH HA moments as we go through the concepts with our horses.
This “Ground Play” series, when used properly, will help to build the horses’ trust in you and yours’ in your horse. You will see how to and why developing a relationship with your horse and a communication system with your horse is so invaluable. It’s MOST important to have such a system.
All these concepts are important but I feel the most important concept is, we will begin to develop more of an understanding of your horses’ actions and why they do what they do. AND, you will learn to work/play with the horse that showed up.
Don’t miss these next few articles and Blogs of some important information to help you and your horse.
So, watch for the next few articles to be about where to begin with your horse and where these concepts will take you. Your horse will ‘Thank you’.