If you find yourself with a strong, lazy or unresponsive horse this is the course for you. You will learn how you need to 'think' about training to improve your horse's responses AND you will learn all the techniques needed to make your horse light to the leg and hand.
Please note that this course is available at the rate of one module a month. If you are a new member then Module 2 will be available on day 28 of your membership etc. If you are an existing long term member then the modules will be available to you as soon as they are launched.
In Module 1 we cover the basics of groundwork with videos taken from the Groundwork Certification Programme. Part 1 covers the basic principles, shows you how to assess your horse, and how to teach your horse 'back' and head lower. It also includes a case study with Mia & Chantal. Part 2 shows you how to train 'stop', 'go' and 'park'. It also includes case studies with Hannah & Rosie and Nancy & Rupee.
In Module 2 we look at more advanced groundwork and start looking at ridden groundwork - transferring the skills learnt on the ground into ridden work. Part 1 covers moving the quarters and the forehand in groundwork and then how to 'shape' the groundwork skills learnt so far. The case study with Nancy & Rupee looks at the groundwork they've learnt so far and teaches them moving the quarters. It also starts to look at ridden groundwork. In Part 2 we look at groundwork with a horse that is already trained including moving the hind legs and fore legs. These skills form the basics of steering and lateral work. We also look at rider alignment and transferring the basic groundwork into ridden work including moving the quarters. Part 3 covers core strength and transitions from the rider biomechanics point of view. The case study with Hannah & Rosie looks at their progress in groundwork and Ali makes a big impact on Hannah's alignment and position.
In this module, we will work further on your rider biomechanics, and on skills which can help your horse’s balance. In Part 1, we look at turning and shoulder control. Once you can keep your horse straight and control the shoulders on turns and circles, your horse will quickly become more balanced. In Part 2, we look at rein aids and accuracy in riding circles and other school movements. You can also watch the latest case studies with Hannah & Rosie and Nancy & Rupee. In Part 3, we look at rising trot mechanism and canter. You can also watch a session with Peter riding Jay, a horse that likes to go 'on the forehand', and the latest case study with Nancy & Rupee. You can also request your course completion plaque on the Part 3 page.