I have been silently reading, but decided to write you something anyway. My name is Mies and I have been crazy of horses practically all my life. Although I never owned my own horse, I have helped others (mucking stables, riding). The last couple of years, my interest in groundwork was sparked. With the horse I have been working with until now (I know her little over a year now), this interest grew into something more than 'just' riding with barebackpad and ropehalter with previous horses.
As she is not my own, I feel awkward to put pictures here - although I can tell you she is beautiful ;-) This Rheinlander mare is/was very sensitive, sceptical and easily spooked. She had a lot of backproblems (which have been taken care of now), but moreover she had some emotional problems. I have been focusing on relaxation, and helping her understand (a) it is ok to have an opinion (b) to think before running. After almost a year of groundwork we slowly now started riding her, which is brilliant. Moreover, I was able to show the owner we were even more advanced than she realized, as last week I rode her with just a neckring.
Now we can begin asking a it more from her (before, she got tense as soon as she had the idea of 'working', now she is enjoying our time together as everything we do is playful), and I thought it might be a good idea to look into some exercises that fit the way this horse has been showing me!