|Groundwork and trick training can be fun alternatives to riding or additions to your regular training routine. Photo: Leslie Potter|
Most horse owners would love to ride every day, but sometimes life gets in the way. Whether your horse comes up lame, a bad stretch of weather hits or you simply don’t have time to commit to riding, sometimes time spent with your horse doesn’t involve getting in the saddle.
What can you do with your horse when he can’t be ridden (or when you are unable to ride?) Plenty! Most horses love long grooming sessions, which also serve as excellent bonding time. Other horse owners find that the results achieved through groundwork are just as gratifying as mastering under-saddle skills. Others find that trick training is a great way to spend quality time together.
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