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Working an Unknown Horse – session 3: Working from Horseback

In this series (this is part 3 of 3) we work with a new horse and learn to observe all he is telling us then address and work through some problem solving. This horse had been ridden before but showed some signs of lack of acceptance from the first time he was caught.

Working an Unknown Horse – session 2

In this series (this is part 2 of 3) we work with a new horse and learn to observe all he is telling us then address and work through some problem solving. This horse had been ridden before but showed some signs of lack of acceptance from the first time he was caught.

Working an Unknown Horse – session 1

In this series (3 parts) we work with a new horse and learn to observe all he is telling us then address and work through some problem solving. This horse had been ridden before but showed some signs of lack of acceptance from the first time he was caught.

Gymnastic Development for a Weak Diagonal

Discussion in this series focuses on what to look for in correct arced lateral balance and a few techniques to address weakness in a diagonal. A solid understanding of good groundwork is required for these approaches to be effective. Watch the Groundwork Series, found in the ‘Foundational’ folder, first!

The Unhandled Horse – part 2

This is part 2 of a 2-part series. In this video we cover beginning halter training and initial groundwork for a young/unhandled horse who had learned a few bad habits.

The Unhandled Horse – part 1

In this video we cover beginning halter training and initial groundwork for a young/unhandled horse who had learned a few bad habits.

Bending On Both Ends

Many horses hold a lot of tension, ticklishness or reactivity in the hind quarters and tail head. In this video we discuss a few ways for them to relax and turn loose in both ends at the same time.

Ground Driving

In this video we explore the techniques of ground driving, how to prepare your horse and the purposes and goals behind this approach. This can be a helpful tool in the starting process for any horse – but is particularly helpful for nervous horses that have trouble accepting a persons position above/behind their blind spot or changing eyes. Done correctly, this can help a horse learn to follow the rein with flexion throughout his body.

**Horses, horse activities and horse training can all be extremely dangerous. Although horses can appear calm and passive animals, horses can be unpredictable and dangerous at times. Do not attempt any of these training demonstrations without proper supervision, safety equipment and proper facilities. Neither True West Horsemanship Ltd, Ben Longwell nor its/their employees, agents and producers of this video are liable or responsible for any injury(ies) or loss resulting from these exercises and demonstrations for horse and horse training activities contained herein.

The Cowboy Caveson

A specific, effective technique for addressing incorrect lateral flexion, often referred to as a “cold jaw”. By changing the way the direct feel operates, this unique approach can help change old habits or establish correct bend.

Groundwork Series #4

In this 4 part video series we tackle some of the elements of establishing a solid partnership with your horse through foundational groundwork! Foundational groundwork is also the place to work through if your horse has any ‘holes’ in their training or any problems that need addressing.