You feel your heart pounding in your chest, you try to stay calm, breathe, and shout – “Woah, woah, woah.” But your horse is on high alert and they are paying zero attention to you!
As prey animals, horses are highly aware of their surroundings and react five times faster than we do. When your horse’s natural instincts take over, you can quickly end up in a dangerous situation.
Here’s the secret to developing trust and communication with your horse that most people miss…
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”
Once your horse panics, gets loose, you get bucked off, stepped on, bitten or kicked… It is too late!
Be proactive. Develop skills to communicate with your horse and avoid an accident.
Understand how your horse perceives the world. Listen to their body language and expression.
Develop skills to redirect your horse’s attention to you before they turn into a flyaway kite!
With Groundwork Essentials, developing trust & communication with your horse is as easy as 1,2,3
#1 – Develop your Horse Sense – perceive the world through your horse’s eyes. Understand how they think, communicate, and learn.
#2 – Body Control – learn simple, practical, and effective exercises to control each part of your horse’s body.
#3 – Mental Focus and Relaxation– become the confident leader and your horse will focus and relax
Simple, Practical, Effective
“The groundwork course was so valuable I refer back to it often. Amelia breaks down each exercise beautifully and shows many examples with her students. During the winter without an indoor ring and during rehab for an injury, groundwork was so helpful. It deepened my connection with my mare which transferred into riding. I do groundwork now before I ride. Take the course, it’s so worth it! Fabulous job Amelia.” -Barbara
“Amelia’s Groundwork course has been more helpful than I can explain. Amelia breaks everything down into steps and it’s all backed by theory. The office hour sessions are encouraging and supportive. I would recommend this course to any rider, no matter what discipline.” -Andrea
(Prevent and manage the flying kite)
As little as five minutes of simple groundwork will radically transform your entire relationship. I do groundwork with every single horse I ride.
If you haven’t met me before, I’m Amelia Newcomb. Today you may see me competing Grand Prix on my beautiful horse Harvey, or the Prix St George on Kensington, but when I started out as a trainer, I got all the “difficult” and dangerous horses. I got the un-started young horses, the “problem” horses that liked to bolt, buck or rear, and the stiff and resistant horses.
I mean it when I say, groundwork saved my life… more than once!
I have been able to work with horses and no one else could manage.
By understanding how horses perceive the world, interact with one another, and using groundwork to establish trust and harmony before getting on, I was able to ride and train horses that no one else could! Even today, I do groundwork with every single horse I ride and train and I am very particular about ground manners. I love spending time with my horses because we trust one another.
And don’t worry if you’ve NEVER done groundwork before…
(It feels pretty awkward at first)
Groundwork is a skill that you must develop. I’ve taught many students and horses these exercises from the beginning and I know you can learn them too!
As little as five minutes a day of groundwork really CAN make all the difference. These simple exercises will radically transform your relationship with your horse.
“My biggest takeaway which was quite an epiphany is that you can train your horse on the ground and when you get on they know it. It’s magic. I taught my horse to bend and lower his head on the ground using techniques you showed me. It worked!”
Learn the science behind how horses perceive the world and interact with one another. Read your horse's expression and body language. Communicate and interact with them in a way that makes sense!
These simple groundwork exercises are a MUST to keep you and your horse safe. Learn simple, practical and effective exercises that you can do in less than five minutes.
Learn exactly what you should do just before you get on and how the groundwork transfers directly to your riding. Five minutes of groundwork will save you from a bad ride!
LIVE office hours, every week for six weeks. Send in your video, get feedback, and improve week over week.
Set goals, , plan your week, and stay accountable
Never done groundwork before? Watch Amelia teach students just like you!
Trailer loading, clipping, hand walking for rehab, biting, mounting issues. This course shows you how to fix literally any issue that you're having.
Learn what you should and should not be doing to get your young horse started on the right track!
Use the flag as a tool to get your horse's attention. Desensitize a spooky horse or energize a dull unresponsive horse.
Stay motivated each week with fun mini challenges against yourself and other students.
Access the course on the go! From your phone or other mobile device, learn anywhere.
Not sure if this course is for you? Feel confident with your purchase with our money back guarantee.
In the exclusive Facebook group, you get access to Amelia and her team to answer ANY questions you have! Post your videos and get help!
Receive credits from the United States Dressage Federation. These can be used as prerequisites for the USDF Instructor/Trainer Program, Certificate, and Diploma Programs.
No time right now? Bad Weather? Lost a shoe? No worries, you get lifetime access to all the educational material and recordings from the LIVE sessions.
Understanding: Learn how horses see the world and interact with one another.
Communication: Learn how to communicate with your horse and you can train them to do anything.
Trust: Become a confident leader. Clear boundaries, direction, and consistency are what earn your horse’s trust!
Safety: We love our horses – but they are big and can hurt us. Establish clear boundaries to stay safe, love, and enjoy your horse!
You’ll walk away from Groundwork Essentials with:
“I’ve been riding about seven years, and I wouldn’t say I have a problem on the ground with my horses, but there are still things I can improve on and they matter. Amelia has loads of little tips on how to do things better.” -Ginger
Submit YOUR videos for review and Amelia and Team will guide you! Here’s how “office hours” work:
1. Film yourself – submit a 3-5 minute video of your groundwork
2. Join office hours on Zoom
3. Amelia will pull up your video, answer your questions, and give feedback!
Honestly, this might be better than a lesson! You get to actually see what you’re doing wrong. Plus you get the recording and can replay it over and over!
Afraid to submit a video? This safe and inviting environment allows you to get feedback on you, and learn from other students’ videos. It does not need to be ‘perfect’ and there are no dumb questions. Even if you don’t submit a video, you can learn by watching others. It’s exciting to celebrate progress with the other students.
“I have to tell you how amazed I am by how MUCH the groundwork has improved my relationship with my horse and how much it has positively affected our rides. He is more relaxed and more tuned in.” -Diana
Develop the skills you need to feel confident and enjoy every single moment you spend with your horse!
Groundwork Essentials will save you time, struggle, and frustration! It makes you safer and I guarantee it!!
You're backed by a 30-day money back guarantee!
If you’re on the fence, or had other online training experiences that left you feeling skeptical, give this course a try. Within a few days, if it’s not for you, I’ll give you your money back – no questions asked.
Thousands of my students use these techniques to help their horses, and I know that this program will work for you.
“While I have a wonderful trainer who I see often, I need ideas and structure to make my hacks more beneficial for me and my horse. I am so happy with the quality and price of the online resources Amelia provides. Her videos and programs really help me understand why certain aids work and are making me a better rider. I love it! Whether you’re just starting with riding, just starting with dressage, or have been doing it all for a long time, you will definitely find her exercises helpful.” -Suzanne
YES! Even just five min of conscientious groundwork each time you ride will make massive transformations in your communication, relationship, and riding, for you and your horse. I do these exercises with ever single horse I ride.
YES! If you interact with horses, you are doing groundwork. Learn the basics of how to read your horse and interact with them in a way they understand. This course covers all the basics and teaches you how to make the most of each moment that you spend with your horse.
Yes. In fact, this course includes a special section designed specifically for young horses where I demonstrate what exercises work well with young horses! We work with some yearlings as well as 4-5 year olds that are just getting started!
Yes. Absolutely. I guarantee that when done correctly, you can teach your horse to accept the aids from the ground and you will see a huge transformation in your horse! Too often when people think of groundwork, they picture a horse galloping around on a lunge line. I’m going to teach you a better way. When done correctly, groundwork will get your horse relaxed, focused on you, and in the correct frame of mind for a productive ride.
Yes – everyone who rides, must learn groundwork! The course includes over 40 simple, practical, and effective exercises. Plus the course includes LIVE office hours where you can submit your videos for individual feedback. This piece of the course is invaluable – imagine me watching you work with your horse and telling you exactly what you should do!
Your probably just like me – super busy! But what’s nice about this course is that you get lifetime access to the materials. All of the LIVE sessions and office hours will be recorded for you to watch at your convenience.
Once you learn the exercises, it should only take you about five minutes of Groundwork each day to see some astounding results in your horse. Plus this is the only time that I will be offering this course this year! Don’t miss out!
You should do as much groundwork as needed but as little as possible. (I always say it takes a lot less time to get off and do some groundwork than it does to heal broken bones.) I’m just like you – I would ride than do groundwork, but safety is extremely important. Often, you can be more effective working through training issue from the ground. Teach your horse to bend, lower their head, and rein back from the ground. It’s a lot easier than fighting from the saddle.
This course is chalk full of support. With LIVE office hours where you can submit your videos for review, a private Facebook Group for community support and the ability to directly ask Amelia your questions via Teachable (our online learning platform) we’re here to hold your hand and support you ever single step of the way.
If that’s the case, then I haven’t done my job to break down the Groundwork in a way that is useful to you and your horse. With that being said if you check out the course and don’t like what you see, I will fully refund your payment, no questions asked within 30 days. There’s no risk and I don’t make you go through hoops to get a refund if you want it. If you don’t feel it’s right for you, then I don’t deserve to have you pay for it!
You automatically get access to the learning material upon enrollment, but the first LIVE session is November 20th and runs for the next 6 weeks. All LIVE sessions are recorded for you to watch later if you can’t make it.
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