Friday, June 13, 2008
Love ground work!!!
What else could we do on a rarely beautiful Friday morning but drag our poor horses out of the pasture for a grueling session of ground work? I'm a big fan of this activity, though it is not popular at my boarding barn. It is "that natural horsemanship stuff" and regarded as inferior to riding the kinks out of any behavior problem. But I enjoy the game aspect and I think horses do too.
So this morning three of us barn friends got together and worked on all kinds of exercises: backing, sending, bending, side-passing down the wall, and even ground-tying:
We had a blast. One of my friends has a Halflinger:
And this cute horse is gifted in the hair department:
And there's also a totally cute Spotted Mountain Horse (related to Kentucky Mountain Horses of which my John is one):
This horse and Johnnie are partners in crime in the pasture.
We worked on the Dreaded Plastic Bag of Horse-Eating Pop Cans, and had some pretty good progress here:
The other horses including my pretty-in-pink TB had to come and see what was so fun in the arena:
And by the end of the hour our horses were so quiet and happy; we just have to do this more often and more consistently.