Before I do extensive training under saddle, I always spend several sessions utilizing ground driving. (Note: you will notice I tend to interchange the term ground driving and long lining. For either I am referring to the idea of working from the ground with both both direct and indirect reins from a position slightly behind and following the horse).
This video with Effie is a follow-up to my previous post about preparing Moon for ground driving which covered some of my other pre-requisites for ground driving. In that post I cover the importance of confirming that I have a reliable halt, back, go and change of direction with a halter and lead rope and then moving forward by introducing changes of direction in a bridle on the lunge line.
This video with Effie is the next step where I begin to focus on suppleness and teaching my horse to "march" forward with energy without requiring continual urging from a whip or other aid. Considering my goal is to be able to "drive" my horse from 10+ feet away, I need to first confirm the following:
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By Kyle Rothfus
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