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post #1 of 9 Old 09-21-2010, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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Bored of going in circles.

I'm going to go ride the horse I train tonight. She is a 14 year old Dutch Warmblood. I am working on trying to keep her collected at the trot, and canter, and I am working on getting her to use her hind end.

But I am so bored of just walk, trot, canter, around the ring. I want some suggestions for some arena exercises, just something different than going around the arena a bunch of times. And something that will help with the things I am working on with her. Anything will be appreciated...thanks.
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post #2 of 9 Old 09-21-2010, 12:09 PM
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Is your arena big enough to try some figure 8's or turpintine type patterns? Switching up directions a little more awesome is great for keeping the horses attention on you, and killing boredom a bit.

You could also maybe try trot poles and if you know how to space and canter them you could. Sometimes I set up our poles a square (with all the ends of the poles touching) and start circles where at one point I go through the square of poles. This is easy to switch up, start going through the pole square on direction, then make a smaller circle and come around to the direction that is perpendicular to the direction you just came. I would do this at a trot first before trying a canter.
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turpintine type patterns?
I am guessing Zeke means serpentine type patterns.
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Or turpentine patterns. Those would be cool, especially when you lit them on fire!

Neither you nor the horse would be bored dodging flames!
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Maybe my trainers an idiot or I could never hear but that's what we called them. Thanks for the joke tho
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Eta: but yes, serpentine
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Or turpentine patterns. Those would be cool, especially when you lit them on fire!

Neither you nor the horse would be bored dodging flames!
Hahaha you're right that would definitly keep me and the horse on our toes
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Highly recommend this book: http://www.amazon.com/Dressage-Exercises-Horse-Rider-ebook/dp/B003WOL56Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=gateway&ie=UTF8&qid=1285098668&sr=8-1
Gives you lots of good ideas. Some of the exercises go past the level of riding I am personally capable of with my horses, but they have some great things in there.
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Highly recommend this book: Amazon.com: 101 Dressage Exercises for Horse & Rider eBook: Jec Aristotle Ballou: Gateway

Gives you lots of good ideas. Some of the exercises go past the level of riding I am personally capable of with my horses, but they have some great things in there.
Great. Thanks.
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Or turpentine patterns. Those would be cool, especially when you lit them on fire!

Neither you nor the horse would be bored dodging flames!
LOL! Just so you don't feel bad Zeke, my husband mis-hears words all the time. A few of my favorites:

bob-wire (for barbed wire)
cackles (for a dog's hackles)
for all intense purposes (for all intents and purposes)

oh and YES I love that 101 dressage book. Saved my mind and my horse's last winter, it's a great one!
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