Groundwork Practice

Is groundwork a regular part of your routine with your horse? Tell us about it in the comments below!


Total votes cast: 452

Comments & Write-in Answers

Should be but rarely is

12/11/2017 9:18:24 PM

often do a pre ride check with ground work with young horses

12/11/2017 9:10:25 PM

10 to 20 minutes of lunging prior to riding. It gives me and horse time to see how the horse feels.

12/11/2017 7:42:35 PM

I use ground work for respect and teaching, before mounting,

12/11/2017 6:33:35 PM

For my 7 yr old, yes. For my 15 and 23 yr olds no.

12/11/2017 5:07:27 PM

Always. That way I can be sure we are on the same page before I ride.

12/11/2017 3:49:40 PM

Always before I mount

12/11/2017 11:48:58 AM

I am working towards all my horses working at liberty.

12/11/2017 11:06:26 AM

No, but it should be

12/11/2017 12:49:13 AM

It is imperative before every ride.

12/10/2017 10:29:03 PM


12/10/2017 9:42:41 PM

always do a few minutes of basic groundwork, it gets them focusing on me and more relaxed.

12/10/2017 8:54:56 PM

We're 4-H'ers, Fitting & Showmanship before every ride!

12/10/2017 5:39:43 PM

Since my horse is broke and knows his job I usually rotate & do ground work on day & ride the other

12/10/2017 5:26:16 PM

Groundwork is not just a time you set aside it’s every time you handle a horse.

12/10/2017 5:01:14 PM

I make sure my horses can and will do everything on the ground first.

12/10/2017 3:39:19 PM

Absolutely! I need t know where his brain is before I put a foot in the stirrup. I need to know w

12/9/2017 6:56:14 PM

they have to run

12/9/2017 11:35:53 AM

It's all part of the fun for both of us.

12/9/2017 10:45:45 AM

groundwork is great for relationship building and the horse"s mental health, at liberty is FUN too

12/9/2017 6:31:02 AM

Longeing before riding only. Beyond that horses become defensive or shutdown

12/9/2017 12:17:42 AM

I try do get groundwork in before a ride

12/8/2017 9:49:20 PM

rehabbing a suspensory injury abd have had 8 months on the ground with my horse!!!

12/8/2017 9:27:32 PM

its a standard part of the pre-ride check

12/8/2017 5:50:17 PM

Groundwork is essential. Many problems under saddle are preventable/fixable on the ground!

12/8/2017 2:14:37 PM

Stretching, lateral work, coming & sending & some fun stuff

12/8/2017 1:32:20 PM

We teach almost everything from the ground first and then add ques which we can transfer to under s

12/8/2017 12:57:40 PM

Groundwork starts most sessions with horses, sets the mood, reminds of manners, and health check.

12/8/2017 12:06:20 PM

Very important and helpful...take them for hand walks away from the herd with positive results.

12/8/2017 10:29:48 AM

Not with my trail horse, but with my other one

12/8/2017 10:14:11 AM

i use ground work to keep my horse soft, and to help him know who's boss. its also good for horses

12/8/2017 7:37:24 AM

Just some lunging (on a line and free lunging, prefer the latter)

12/8/2017 12:10:12 AM

I have 3 OTTB who can get a little high groundwork is essential

12/7/2017 8:40:26 PM

daily ground work is essential for communcation and trust building

12/7/2017 6:52:45 PM

It helps me take a good look at their movements and attitude

12/7/2017 5:30:59 PM

Good groundwork is an essential part of horse & owner relationship.

12/7/2017 5:17:10 PM

Done correctly this is just as important as under saddle and you can SEE what they're doing

12/7/2017 4:56:43 PM

it keeps their mind busy and is a nice alternative to riding and helps to train for ridden exercise

12/7/2017 4:53:38 PM

Helps to get their attention and focus before riding.

12/7/2017 3:28:28 PM

I have two OTTB's. It has to be!

12/7/2017 2:04:12 PM

An opportunity to check gaits, work off energy, and establish relationship

12/7/2017 1:34:19 PM

Freeschooling, all paces, turns,stops & jumps. Fun for horse, no force.

12/7/2017 1:21:36 PM

Groundwork gets the horse's atyention in preparation for riding. It is an essential part of my rout

12/7/2017 12:12:19 PM

Wonderful training tool that makes training from the saddle easier.

12/7/2017 11:29:16 AM

Yes, horses benefit from it greatly, Clinton Anderson's method is the one I use.

12/7/2017 11:04:26 AM

We just seem to have a good relationship. There can be improvement, but we're both forgiving.

12/7/2017 5:57:07 AM

it is really a base of communication and relation with the horse

12/7/2017 3:36:24 AM

I always like to properly warm up and limber up my horse before riding.

12/7/2017 1:00:42 AM

I use ground work mostly in early training birth to 3 years very little after that.

12/6/2017 11:22:11 PM

I have to do groundwork or my horse is so stiff

12/6/2017 7:46:45 PM

It changes the horse's focus

12/6/2017 7:11:17 PM

Every time before I saddle up.

12/6/2017 9:49:32 AM

I work 2-3 days each week on ground work, with 2-3 days trail riding.

12/6/2017 8:48:39 AM

No, except for a short time to get a rescue to not be afraid of picking up feet for trims

12/6/2017 6:18:22 AM

I do ground work as needed, depending on the horse's mood, energy level and distractibility.

12/6/2017 2:50:41 AM

All sessions start with groundwork. Lets horse know its time to go to work and pay attention.

12/6/2017 2:04:40 AM

I still maintain groundwork with my 3 horses who are 15, 18, 19

12/5/2017 10:57:48 PM

I find it is a way to create predictability and focus with my horse before moving on

12/5/2017 10:03:21 PM

Didnt take seriously til I read how it impacts a horse, if must sell, helps know owner will love him

12/5/2017 9:44:48 PM

simple stuff, keeps them mannerly, safe to be around, even if not riding regularly

12/5/2017 8:57:52 PM

Always teach my horses to drive before riding

12/5/2017 8:37:42 PM

Frequent longeing; some work in hand & ground-driving on wet days

12/5/2017 8:10:32 PM

Lunge with a figure 8 wrap to engage the belly and top line when I can't ride.

12/5/2017 7:35:34 PM

Not always traditional lunging, but definitely handling and manners at all times.

12/5/2017 7:24:31 PM

Use GW in past & on cold windy days,but mainly she just takes care of me on short rides.Both us aged

12/5/2017 5:49:29 PM

Ground work on days we don’t ride. Keeps everyone tuned up.

12/5/2017 5:46:00 PM

even if i don't have time to ride, i round pen my 2 mares a lot...together and separately.

12/5/2017 5:25:06 PM

Very beneficial for all horses; we use gait transitions, change of direction, & backing.

12/5/2017 5:20:15 PM

Groundwork is the foundation for EVERYTHING and can be done even when there is no time to ride!

12/5/2017 4:52:12 PM

I can't ride regularly due to work so horses get lunged

12/5/2017 4:31:43 PM

My horse and I do groundwork daily along with riding.

12/5/2017 4:15:36 PM

Groundwork is so important. From longeing and long-lining to leading practice, we do it all often.

12/5/2017 3:44:37 PM

If the horse doesn't respect you on the ground, it won't respect you while you're on it! Keep it fun

12/5/2017 2:58:42 PM

When he is in his surcingle or is saddled and in the pen, his mind is in "work mode."

12/5/2017 2:37:30 PM

whenever you handle, you should do some type of training! Use it, or loose it!!!

12/5/2017 1:50:45 PM

I use the Clinton Anderson method. It's great.

12/5/2017 1:37:15 PM

It’s the very foundations of a great Riding skills, a fabulous horse AND bonding!!

12/5/2017 12:28:40 PM

Yes! If you can't control the horse on the ground, you'll be worse off in the saddle.

12/5/2017 10:51:31 AM