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Right, so on to the fun stuff!  Since we all want to start showing our horses as soon as possible only five images are required.  This is supposed to be fun, after all, and we don't want to ask for too much.

MANDATORY TRAINING:
1. Groundwork.
2. Lunging.
3. Accepting a saddle/rider.
4. First ride.
5. Final: Discipline training.

While we only require five images, there is so much more that you can do to train your horse!  If you want to go that extra mile, here are five more images that we would love to see!

OPTIONAL TRAINING:
1. Worst fear discovered.
2. Good/Bad day.
3. Trailer work.
4. Visit from the farrier/vet.
5. Play time.

Note that you are more than welcome to draw your horse training/doing something that we haven't mentioned.

You can show your horse doing anything, as long as it fits into each category.  For instance, when doing your groundwork image you might show a young foal to accept a halter or, if you are working on the lunging image, you could work the horse at walk, trot, canter, or taking a break!  These all count as training images for those of you who have registered your horses in other groups.

The final image is the most important.  We ask that, for the final image, you dress your horse in its competitive gear as it learns about its future discipline for the first time!  For example, for horses destined to be jumpers you might show them trotting over poles, cavaletti, or taking its first jump (note it will probably be a small obstacle, since they will be beginners).

This final image counts as your horse's graduation image and counts as a show entry.  Upon completion of the five base images, they will receive a ribbon, a diploma, be inducted into our graduation hall of fame, and, most importantly, be well on their way to becoming stars!  For those who go above the five images, a secondary ribbon or trophy will be awarded based on how many extra training images you have completed.
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BlueWaterValley Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
queeestion: I have two foals at the moment. If I draw a picture with both playing on the riding arena with a ball for example, does that count as play time for both? or do I have to draw a picture for each foal?
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slayingallhumans Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is a very good question, I would say that it would only count for the foal that is actually interacting with the said "ball". You can place another ball or toy into the picture which the other foal is interacting with for it to count for the both. 

Unless of course it can be expressed for both (e.g. both are grabbing the ball with their teeth, or they are chasing the ball etc...) then I would accept it for both, but it needs to be clearly expressed. 
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BlueWaterValley Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
okay that seems logic to me :3 thanks a lot! <3
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slayingallhumans Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not a problem, I will look forward to seeing your foal playtime picture ^_^
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BlueWaterValley Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it won't take long now that I have holidays ^^
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slayingallhumans Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great! I will certainly look forward to it.
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Unyse Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A little question. My foal is gonna be trained into dressage, showjumping & cross-country. How do I do this with the training programme? xD
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slayingallhumans Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi there and sorry for the late reply,
At the minute this is not an in depth training programme for any specific discipline. I believe we are hoping to get more discipline based training courses to be run soon. 
This course is just the basics.
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Unyse Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem ^^ 
Allright! I hope there will be one soon :3
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slayingallhumans Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^_^
I will make it our next priority ^_^
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WolfHorseCatGirl Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Would getting a horse used to the clippers be groundwork? From where I'm from all work on the ground (lunging, long-reining etc) is classed as groundwork so I'm a little befuddled. Thanks for your time!
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WeavingMagic Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes.  Groundwork is anything that is teaching the horse without being in the saddle.  Clippers would count as well.
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WolfHorseCatGirl Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I thought so! However someone else answered it isn't - I did think clippers counted. Gah I hate culture clashes. xD
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WeavingMagic Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I just found who answered you (strange, DA didn't say there had been any responses to your message).  I will discuss with slayingallhumans as we are joint admins and obviously have different points of view and we will come up with a single answer since I have now confused matters.

I or slayingallhumans will message you back (probably me since I am keeping the thread in my comments section) and we will let you know the final answer.

Sorry for the confusion.
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WolfHorseCatGirl Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No no that's utterly fine! Take your time! I think different places just have different views. But thank you for taking the time to sort this out!
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WeavingMagic Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
On talking with slayingallhumans I see the point she is making about why it would not fit for the uses of this issue.  While I agree with you about the use of training the horse to accept the clippers as part of groundwork on a personal level and a realistic level, what we have come to a decision is that the artwork needs to show an activity, and it would be exceedingly difficult to show the processes to learn to accept clippers in a static picture.

For this one, (and I am sorry for going back on what I said before, but she made some very good points in our discussion) if you could find another activity that is more "active" for the groundwork that you would like to do, that would be fine.  Also as suggested, using the clippers training for Good/Bad day picture could also work as well, so if you have done the art, it is definitely not wasted.

We are working on how to word this better so it is more clear to members, but if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
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WolfHorseCatGirl Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you ever so much for taking the time to figure out the answer to my question. I can see both sides, and I think it's merely been a misunderstanding that now has a clear answer. 

Haha, I'm sure we can work it in. Once again thank you ever so much for your time, and I'm sorry for being such a bother!
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slayingallhumans Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am going to say no for that due to it not being actual physical training of the horse but it could be used for worst fear discovered. 

If your struggling, here is a little post that might help pick you something. 

www.showhorsepromotions.com/gr…
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WolfHorseCatGirl Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fair enough. I was just curious as any work like that (as we'd call it desensitization) would be groundwork. Just a little mistranslation of cultures I think. But thank you for the helpful link!
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slayingallhumans Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah yes desensitization is classed as groundwork in some places, but I don't personally feel like it is part of groundwork. 
Definitely a mistranslation lol
Your very welcome and i hope you can find something you can use ^_^
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Taz123321 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Totally going to use this for my Narasignhas & maybe even my Shedus 
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strideroo Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good idea! :)
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Ememir Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
can i pull together two trainings image like first ride and worst fear?
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strideroo Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For them to count as two training images, you would have to do two images.  But you are more than welcome to combine them...  Sounds interesting!
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Illudyr Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
it's possible, but it's probably counted as one picture since well.. it is one picture then xd
but it's definately possible, let your creativity run free!
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Vezria Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Curious... What if my horse is going to be a harness horse. Could "accepting a harness/buggy" be allowed instead of "accepting saddle" and first ride be first drive, etc?
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strideroo Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure of course!
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Illudyr Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ofcourse that's possible! In my opinion it is almost the same thing, only with different gear. So yeah, that's possible C:
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kryptooxx Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
So I'm interested in putting my horse Chrono thou this but he is 9 years. Does that matter? As I'm retraining him to show jumping
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strideroo Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No any age may enter!!
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SkyWolfSpirit Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
So groundwork is Halter breaking?
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strideroo Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It can be a number of things but yes, halter training would work!
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SkyWolfSpirit Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Alrighty, thanks!
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DatNachtmaehre Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
I have a small question concerning the ground work part.

Does teaching small tricks like rearing up or lying down also count as ground work?
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strideroo Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmm.  I think tricks would be more of a bonus image!
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DatNachtmaehre Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Ok 
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Kiwi-Stables Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've got a small question: Does the horse's age matter? 
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strideroo Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope not at all! :D  Old or young, they are good to go!
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Kiwi-Stables Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's great! When I'm back from my trip to England I'll probably participate! :)
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strideroo Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool I can't wait to see what you come up with!  It's really fun and easy.  I make all my horses go through it (even if it takes me, personally, forever because I have no time!). :D
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Kiwi-Stables Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it's an awesome concept! It makes it much more real and makes you realize how horses work in real life. Especially if people take the time to read stuff about this topic... I love to read about the development on stuff like this in magazines and such, it's really interesting! (Plus, I'm going to start saving up so I'll be able to buy my own horse/pony in the future, so knowledge like this is handy! :) )
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Tattered-Dreams Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Question to do with the lunging aspect, if that's okay?

Does it have to be simple lunging off a cavesson or check rein? Or would it also count if it were double lunging, long reining or Natural Horsemanship circling exercises? I just want to get an idea of which is allowed and which might be a suitable substitute for 'traditional' lunging in that piece of mandatory training.
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strideroo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure, that would work!  I know there are a lot of aspects of horse training that go on in RL that I have no idea about, so that is just a broad category that hopefully fits everything that horse trainers might use. ^^;  SO GO FOR IT DUDE.
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Tattered-Dreams Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, thanks for the go ahead :) (I'm just not too fond of traditional lunging, so that's me trying to see if there's a way around it XD)
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strideroo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol I like the idea of the circles.  That's always been something that's appealed to me but for the most part, when I'm looking for training images to reference, the lunge line is what comes up. -le sigh-
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Tattered-Dreams Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I like the circle game principle (though I admit its not something to rely solely on for ground training) You can do it in two ways; online and offline (so you take away the long rope as you progress and build the relationship). If you google 'parelli circle game' some good pictures usually come up to use as a reference :)
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painted-cowgirl Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
I have a question, if I trained a horse in some areas in the past, could those count? They were made before the group creation, so I wasn't sure. I've done some of the Mandatory as well as Optional images in the past for him as he's grown up. I've done Lunging, accepting the saddle, trailer work, and I believe some ground work...
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strideroo Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure!  If they can fit into the mandatory spaces, they will work and if not they can count as optional!
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painted-cowgirl Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Awesome, thanks :aww: I was surprizes that 5 of the images fit into the mandatory and optional categories, he was my first foal so I did a lot with him back when he was young ^^; Now he's all grown up XD
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Foxerettes Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes that's fine :aww:
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