Groundwork is a brilliant way to improve the bond that you share with your horse or pony. Performing groundwork means that you and your horse can work through and overcome challenges together. It also forces you to slow down and refine your signals for improved communication with your horse.
Since your horse doesn’t speak your language, they rely on their eyes to tell them important information about you. They watch people closely looking for clues about their moods and behaviors. When you’re sat in the saddle, your horse knows you’re there, but they can’t see you. There’s an unavoidable disconnect that makes it difficult to communicate clearly. Groundwork is your horse’s opportunity to get to know you better. It’s also a great way to firm any solid friendship. Getting your horse to understand you is an amazing skill which takes lots of time and patience.