Horsemanship and horse training exercises

Exercises: Under Saddle – Untracking the Hindquarters

Exercises: Under Saddle – Untracking the Hindquarters

The very first time I read about untracking the hindquarters, I just could not understand why I should bother to do it, for what purpose? … One word: EDUCATION!
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Exercises: Under Saddle – Soft-Feel

Exercises: Under Saddle – Soft-Feel

The Soft-Feel is more than an exercise, it should become a habit whenever you ride, like a reflex. This is the key to help your horse to get soft, light and all in one hand!
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Exercises: Under Saddle – Seat Stop

Exercises: Under Saddle – Seat Stop

The Seat-Stop exercise is the first of a series dedicated to help riders get control of their horses on one hand, and to help horses feel good about their riders on the other hand.
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Exercises: Groundwork – Rope Leading

Exercises: Groundwork – Rope Leading

Rope leading is not an exercise on its own, as you lead your horse everyday from the pasture to the paddock, from the stall to the arena, from the trailer to the track, etc.
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Exercises: Groundwork – Fence

Exercises: Groundwork – Fence

The fence exercise consists in teaching your horse to pick you up from a fence or from a mounting stool for instance.
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Exercises: Groundwork – Sending

Exercises: Groundwork – Sending

Sending a horse is one of the most useful exercises we can perform from the ground. Indeed, every day we are confronted to situations where pointing a direction and feeling our horse respond at once and without any fear or hesitation would be of great convenience: walking through a gate, getting out of the stall, loading into the trailer, etc.
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Exercises: Groundwork – Refined Backing Up

Exercises: Groundwork – Refined Backing Up

This exercise is the refined level of backing a horse up from the ground. This will help to build the feeling, lightness and softness that will be necessary later on the saddle.
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Exercises: Groundwork – Half Circle

Exercises: Groundwork – Half Circle

The Half Circle exercise is a continuation of the Full Circle. It is strongly recommended to blend both exercises as soon as you master them both.
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Exercises: Groundwork – Full Circle

Exercises: Groundwork – Full Circle

Fundamental groundwork exercises are designed to teach the basic social rules to our horses: don’t bite, don’t buck, don’t hit, don’t push!
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