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  1. #1
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    Question Speak to me of ground driving...

    Tell me everything a ground driving noob needs to know. What will I need, how do I do it...ya know, that type of thing. I'm looking for a new way to help build my mare's fitness (but I also want to mix things up).
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    Check out Clay Meier's DVDs. My navigator has worked with him setting up clinics, making whips and long lines, etc. and from what she's said, plus what I've heard from many others, he's the expert. http://www.claymaier.com/
    Pat Belskie - ASHEMONT Farm

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    I need to know tooooooo!!! (And dont want to spend more money than i have too... which is why id prefer not to have to buy dvds)



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    Default Learning to ground drive - AND long rein

    I just wrote a lengthy reply to this inquiry but somehow, I think it didn't get posted so I will do it again at the risk of it being posted twice!
    As my friend, Pat Belskie mentioned, I have worked with Clay Maier and have found that his concept for ground driving - really closely related to long reining, is so clear, simple and logical. His dvds on long reining and training your horse to drive are extremely "user-friendly" and he explains how you can use long reining to improve your horse in many ways for any discipline. In addition, the relationship you build with your horse is so valuable not only for itself, but for whatever you intend to do in the future, especially for driving. Once you have mastered the art of long reining - not a long process in most cases, you can go on to his "Train Your Horse" to Drive dvd set and you CAN hitch your horse yourself - safely. Check out his website: www.claymaier.com to learn more - order dvds and equipment or just to learn more about Clay.



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    Default seconding epona's recommendation....

    personal instruction is best with long lining...but Clay's dvds are certainly the best (not to mention affordable) information I have seen. Go to a clinic as an auditor if you can...also an affordable way to gain invaluable instruction.
    epona, I haven't seen you on here in a while!



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    I have to agree about Clay, I really liked the DVDs I watched by him, he explains things very well and makes it easy to grasp.

    In my limited experience I have to say a lot of ground driving safely is preparing properly, starting small and common sense. Fancy equipment is not needed, but safety is key.

    here are some threads a search turned up

    http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/sh...ground+driving

    http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/sh...ground+driving

    http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/sh...ground+driving
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    Just a note of interest - Clay is now doing some clinics for the Parellis
    Pat Belskie - ASHEMONT Farm

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    Ashemont2@gmail.com



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