I have introduced two new modules, “Advanced Leading” and “Advanced Mounting; Stand by the Block” into the foundation course over Christmas, which are more advanced groundwork exercises to help you keep safe and in control when leading and mounting.
The Advanced Leading Module takes a bit pf practice to make perfect. It can seem a little overwhelming when you first start it; hence why I recommend trying it on a person (pretending to be a horse!) or an older, established horse first. When you do get the hang of it, it is an incredibly powerful series of exercises, and helps in so many ways including;
- Maintaining control when leading your horse
- Desensitising a spooky horse to an arena or new environment
- Keeping your personal space with a spooky or bargy horse
- Teaching your horse to walk over bridges/ water/ tarpaulin
- Trotting up for vet checks
The Advanced Mounting series of lessons is within the Mounting Module in the Foundation Course. They show the progression needed to teach your horse to stand next to a mounting block when being mounted. The lessons include two great exercises; “The Clock” and “Controlling the Hip” that can be used as stand alone exercises that can bring great benefits to all areas of your groundwork. The series also includes some important safety checks that you need to go through before mounting, to keep you and your horse safe.