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post #1 of 5 Old 07-24-2009, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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Ideas for what to do at stables


I volunteer at this little boarding/riding stable, but when I'm bored out of my mind. I'm thrilled that I've finally found a place that is happy to let me hang around, but they're doing nothing with me. Usually when I get there the BO is in her house, we talk a bit, then she tells me to turn one of the two old geldings out into the arena and "play" with them.

I don't know how to play with horses, so I just flick the end of the lead at him and he trots, bucks, crow hops, canters...blah blah blah. Then comes back to me when I stop asking for him to go. It's extremely boring. I usually put him away and go see what the other horses are up to, hang around the outdoor arena, watch boarders turn their horses out or exercise them. That's about it.

Now, this old horse that I'm "playing" with is extremely obese and lame. He's also the lesson horse, which bothers me a lot. He's a good boy, very willing, but he's lame. The other horses have over grown hooves, the stalls aren't picked daily, everything is dusty and grimy, the roof is full of cobwebs, the fences need repair and some are even barbed wire.

I don't agree with those things and would never board a horse there. They're not abusive, but they're aren't that attentive. Anyway, there is plenty I could do. I could clean the tack room and tack, pick the horses who've been turned out for a long times hooves, exercise horses, clear the cobwebs. Those sorts of things.

I just don't know how to get the BO to do more with me. I have a feeling I'm going to have to purchase my own horse to learn anything, and I don't want to do that. I've been thinking about maybe the spring, but if I haven't learned enough then I'm not going to.

This just bothers me a lot. I feel bored. What would you suggest?
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-24-2009, 07:38 PM
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Clean the stalls
Clean the barn
groom horses

Ideas of how you can play with the horses:::
Teach them tricks
Make them chase you by hold a treat out and running
Play hide and seek (with treats)
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-27-2009, 08:33 PM
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I would love for someone to just clean my cobwebs. (I hate doing that)

Take the initiative and do the things you are thinking about, maybe BO will realize what a gem you are!
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-30-2009, 06:01 PM
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Originally Posted by 7Ponies View Post

Take the initiative and do the things you are thinking about, maybe BO will realize what a gem you are!
Agreed! A lot of learning about horses is experiencing it for yourself. Start cleaning the stalls and the barn, polish up a saddle and bridle (hopefully to use in the near future!) or buy some groundwork books off of Amazon to teach the horses fun new tricks or just get to know them better.


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post #5 of 5 Old 08-02-2009, 04:20 PM
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I recently had my horse's teeth done. While I was waiting for him to wake up from the sleepy juice, I picked the poop out of his paddock. My BO was so appreciative it cracked me up. Just look around. If it's dirty, clean it. If it's unsafe, remove it. Apparently any help around a barn is good help.
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