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    01-15-2012, 03:20 AM
  #1
Weanling
Exercises to keep work interesting?

I need help finding stiff to do when I ride to keep his work interested.
I have access to an arena and my weekly regime is usually:
3 days flatwork
1-2 days jumping
1 day trail.
0-1 day lunging, free jumping or very basic trick training (just no pressure playing with him)
Within my flat work I am really uninspired. Pretty much I saddle up, walk him down the rd to arena, hope on, walk a few laps, trot large and circles, serpentines, diagonals, centerline changes and figure 8's, canter a few circles, trot a biut more and walk him to cool down. It is really bad, but I tend to avoid cantering cos Dane hangs out really bad around corners and rushes, and gets the wrong leads.
What can I do to make sure he is stimulated, inyteresting, building toplkine and fixing his canter?? I get into this habit of just doing the same thing every time I ride, making the same mistakes and not getting anywhere. I need help!
     
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    01-15-2012, 05:40 AM
  #2
Trained
Do you have access to an instructor? I think that would be the best solution for you at this point, eyes on the ground really help with being able to put a rocket up you when your keep doing the same thing over and over.
Basically, you want to think about changing how the horse is going, every 10-12 strides. Don't let yourself drift off into thinking about what's for dinner or that good looking bloke across the road!
     
    01-15-2012, 03:50 PM
  #3
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Kayty    
Do you have access to an instructor? I think that would be the best solution for you at this point, eyes on the ground really help with being able to put a rocket up you when your keep doing the same thing over and over.
Basically, you want to think about changing how the horse is going, every 10-12 strides. Don't let yourself drift off into thinking about what's for dinner or that good looking bloke across the road!
You are so right! I do that!! The arena I use is actually a riding school and I am good friends with the instructor. She taught me to ride years ago actually. But I stopped takinmg lessons from her a few years ago because I found myself doing the same things every lesson and getting nowhere. This was just on school ponies so I can't see her helping me actually train my big boy. She is a lovely person, just doesnt have much facilities and doesnt teach much above intermediate riders. I have been hunting for an instrctor in my area but havent found one that isnt super expensive or heaps far away. Ill keep hunting though!!
     
    01-15-2012, 05:39 PM
  #4
Weanling
You do serpentine, and this is like a serpentine on steriods. Start at C, make a four loop serpentine up to A BUT ONLY LET YOUR SERPENTINE GO AS FAR AS THE 1/4 LINES. Go back down to C. Instead of serpentine-ing back up to A, do a 10 meter circle(between the 1/4 lines) then stay on the circle untill you reach the center line(so like a circle and a 1/2) then switch then bend and do another circle and a 1/2.

So that was confusing so I TRIED to draw a picture and attach it.. I think it worked.

But basically you work on bending and being perpendicular when you cross the center-line.
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    01-15-2012, 05:49 PM
  #5
Foal
I found some western riding patterns and just worked my horse on those patterns until he started picking up his left lead correctly. Western riding patterns really help you work on your leads and they can be fun.

When ever I get really bored with workouts I'll sometimes set up an obstacle course to make things interesting. If I'm riding out with a friend we sometimes come up with weird games to play while practicing/riding.

Here's an example, I practiced one similar with my horse when I had lead issues:
     
    01-15-2012, 06:27 PM
  #6
Weanling
Is there anyone else you could ride along with?
When I used to teach, especially the kids I would do games with them to spice up the flat work
Like a team relay.. have two teams, line out two rows of cones and theyd have to race in threw them (trotting for anyone panicing) and back up lol was so simple but they loved it and the ponys seemed to love it. It was a great we excerise for getting them to get the ponys in a good forward trot and getting them on the briddle bending around the cones, seemed to help any balance issues aswell..

This might seem a bit over the top but I once did dressage to music and it was fantastic. You could probably geta dressage test online and get some music that has a good beat and a loud cd player lol. Its something that you could really work at,instead of on flatwork day dandering around for ages thinking what will I do next.. and when youv it perfect you could get your family down to watch, tell them to bring popcorn haha
     
    01-15-2012, 06:34 PM
  #7
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by MomoMozyyy    
I found some western riding patterns and just worked my horse on those patterns until he started picking up his left lead correctly. Western riding patterns really help you work on your leads and they can be fun.

When ever I get really bored with workouts I'll sometimes set up an obstacle course to make things interesting. If I'm riding out with a friend we sometimes come up with weird games to play while practicing/riding.

Here's an example, I practiced one similar with my horse when I had lead issues:
My instructor will give me patterns like this even though I happened to be riding English at the lesson (I do ride western as well). It helps if you have a grounds person or an instructor as well, just to be on your case.
     
    01-17-2012, 04:29 AM
  #8
Weanling
Thanks all :)
Il give it all a go!
     
    01-17-2012, 04:55 AM
  #9
Banned
101 more ideas: http://www.amazon.com/101-Dressage-Exercises-Horse-Rider/dp/1580175953
     

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