Up or forward?

I had a 7 year old Lipizzan mare in for training recently. She had had an accident during her early under-saddle training where she got her foot caught in the stirrup and not much had been done with her since then. After some preliminary ground work we moved her to ground driving.

She had a lot of confidence issues and a tendency to go up instead of forward. Lipizzans are built for it!

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But she soon gained more confidence. After three weeks her new trainer and I were leading her hooked up to a cart. (You can learn some of the exercises I use for working on making a safe driving horse in my book Training for Safety.) The mare has gone home for the winter but may return in the spring for further training. Here she is looking more comfortable in her work:

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Thanks to Bobbie Wynne for the photos.

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