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Difference between Groundwork and Work in hand

All exercises such as the circle, shoulder-in, haunches-in, renvers, half-pass and pirouette, can be done h in Groundwork and in Work in hand.

The main difference is the equipment you use in Groundwork and Work in hand.

  • Groundwork is done with one rein or a single line
  • Work in hand is done with two reins

Groundwork is done using a cavesson only. As you become more advanced, you can use a combination of cavesson and bit during work in hand.

Groundwork prepares the horse very well for Straightness Training at liberty.

Work in hand prepares the horse for riding, especially for the rein aids we use in riding. In work in hand you use the reins in the same way as when ridden.

In Straightness Training it's not a matter of choosing between the two, we use both, because both training components will give different dimensions to the development of your horse and both training components will strengthen each other.

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2 thoughts on “Difference between Groundwork and Work in hand

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By Majed on 29 July 2015 at 23:51

Thanks Marijke. It was realy difficult for me to see the difference between groud work and work in hand before reading this.


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By libby on 5 August 2015 at 13:17

Hi can you tell me if I am still able to pay for the course in installments please I noticed there is a 50 0/0 discount at present, thank you


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