I’ve been asked several times over the years “How is this groundwork going to help me get smooth transitions, come straight to the jump, get my horse to be safe to ride on the trail, stop my horse from counter bending, get my horse to stand at the halt?”….the list goes on.
Because of this I have decided to make my first series of 4 horsemanship workshops all about answering these questions.
I’ve just returned from a 4 day clinic with Buck Brannaman and am grateful for the tools he gave me to pass on to you to help you learn and advance in your horsemanship skills. I’ve already started applying them to Rima and am very pleased with the results.
For these 4 classes you will need an appropriate rope halter and 12 foot lead. If you don’t understand what appropriate means please ask me and I will help you understand and acquire one. I would also like you to bring a flag if you have one. If you don’t have one you can still do some work but you will do better if you have the right tools.
As always I will ask you to commit to all 4 classes.
The classes will all be held on Sundays from 11am to 2pm. There will be limited stall space. Stalls are to left as found or you will be charged a fee of $20.00.
Costs for the series is $200.00 for all 4 classes. Class size will be limited to 6 which will enable me to give more individual guidance as needed.
Auditors fee is $10.00 per class. I strongly recommend people to come audit first if they are new to my work and wish to see what would be expected of them as a participant. Also auditing offers a wealth of knowledge for a very small amount. You will gain a new perspective on how to work with your horse safely and more effectively.
Workshop dates are Sept. 22nd and 29th & Oct. 6th and 13th.
You can register by e-mail via email@example.com or call me at 845-518-9376.
I look forward to hearing from you.
A DAY OF HORSEMANSHIP WITH MARGARET BEEMAN
SATURDAY MAY 4th 9AM-3PM
This clinic is full but there is plenty of room for auditors.
Come join us for a day of learning how to be with your horse.
Saturday May 4, rain date Sunday May 5.
Morning Groundwork session: 9:30-12:00 noon
Learn the basics of groundwork. You will learn the importance of your position and presentation when handling your horse from the ground. Margaret will teach you 4 basic exercises to use to help you and your horse develop a better understanding of effective communication. Groundwork helps make handling your horse in new and/or difficult situations much safer.
Afternoon Driving or Riding session: 1:00-3:30
Learn effective communication from the box or mounted.
You will learn how to prepare your horse correctly for transitions and changes of direction.
Margaret will teach you exercises to use to help soften and supple your horse in harness.
Developing a language both you and your horse can understand will make your driving experiences much safer and much more fun.
Maximum # of participants is 6 horses per session, no limit on auditors.
Cost to participate with your horse, $75 for the day, or $40 for one session, 1/2 down upon registration.
Audit fee $10.
To register contact Margaret at 845-518-9376 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning to keep a specific distance from the horse in front of you is important in drill team (and useful in many other riding situations!).
Closed position is keeping about 3 feet in between horses. Rule of thumb is you look through your horses ears at the base of the horse’s tail in front of you:
Open position is about a horse length and a half between horses. Rule of thumb is to look between your horse’s ears at the hind pasterns of the horse in front of you:
Looking between your horse’s ears this way and linning up the horse in front of you help keep a straight line. During the workshop sessions we practice opening and closing positions on command at the walk and the trot.
I always start with a good brisk relaxed walk to warm up. Once the horses and riders are listening, relaxed and warm, then we can introduce changes of pace and patterns.
Here we are introducing the lineup. We start on the wall or rail, and there's quite a bit of disorganization at first:
But after a little practice these beginners do a really nice lineup:
Thanks to Bobbie for taking and sharing the photos.
The Z exercise works the horses and riders across the diagonal in a neat and tidy straight line, keeping a steady pace at either the walk or trot:
The ends of the arena need to be taken in an organized fashion - the cones there help keep riders focused on the pattern so they don't cut corners or drift in:
This isn't just a good exercise for precision in riding. In the above picture I am riding the grey pony at the end of the line. He has trouble staying at the back of a group, and here he is starting to listen well and keep the pace I ask of him. In drill team work the constant changes of order help horses and riders overcome any habit of preferring to be at the front, the back or in the middle of the "herd."
Last weekend we worked on drill team basics. An important benefit of doing drill team exercises is helping you and your horse learn to ride in close proximity to others. With practice, your horse will listen to you rather than fussing about other horses; and you will learn to feel and respond to your horse's reactions, so that you can direct him effectively when he needs help.
Here Kate and Donna's horses express their dislike of riding near each other:
Here the group is paying attention, moving forward and keeping up with their partners:
The trick to keeping pace with your partner is to keep the horses' throat-latches lined up. One needs to pay attention and direct ones horse to stay together, especially on turns.
Thanks again to Bobbie for the photos!