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In this second episode of the Horsefulness Training Podcast Karine Vandenborre explains what Groundwork according to the Horsefulness phylosophy is, why you should do Groundwork and she answers 5 questions that were sent in by mail.


Q 1: My horse is pretty anxious about tractors and big vehicles. She is also very spooky when we pass bushes and branches. Then she disconnects and only wants one thing: run off! How can I keep the connection when she is so afraid?

Q 2: My horse is afraid to back up out of the trailer. Any advice on how to train him to back up instead of turning in the trailer to unload?

Q 3: If Liberty is the foundation and you can do everything in Liberty, why do you go to Groundwork? Can’t we do everything in Liberty? What is the benefit of doing Groundwork?

Q 4: I had to use a lot of direct pressure from my instructor to teach my horse to yield. This didn't feel right. Is it really necessary to teach your horse to yield for direct pressure?

Q 5: The Groundwork I've been doing became to easy for my horse and therefore she loses interest. I would like to get some tips on how to make Groundwork more difficult and stimulating for her and me.


When answering these 5 questions, Karine talks about

  • accepting fear
  • focussing on your breath to stay present
  • using the "liberty-principle" when doing groundwork
  • communication versus force when yielding to physical aids


She also tunes in on 

  • how to prepare your horse in a step by step manner for traffic
  • why negative reinforcement is not "negative", like some people think
  • what a groundwork sequence is,
  • and much more!


The blog-post about yielding for physical aids that she refers to in this episode is this one.

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