GROUND DRIVING COURSE
Discover the Benefits of Ground Driving for You and Your Horse
We are so pleased to be running this course with Michael, a ground driving Master with a huge amount of patience with humans and animals. His calm, gentle energy will help you relax as he guides you in taking up the reins.
Knowing how to ground drive successfully is a valuable horsemanship skill. It's an effective way to communicate with your horse and a great confidence builder.
A thorough education in ground driving, is a big help for both horse and rider. It’s a great way to gain a horse’s trust. When the time arrives for your first ride, a young horse who has been taught to ground-drive is a safer animal through being accustomed to sounds behind him and the long lines rubbing his sides. It helps with turning, stopping, and going forward to a signal from behind. Ground-driving is a good way to teach verbal cues like Whoa and Back as well as the basics of impulsion and direction.
Teaching the signals for turning right and left, using subtle rein pressure, is a lot easier for the horse to understand without the weight of a rider. You can overcome steering problems and prevent them developing. Horses of any age can improve immensely from this type of groundwork. A reluctance to go forward, a tendency to spin or nap can be transformed through this type of work.