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post #1 of 7 Old 03-31-2013, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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Giving my girl a 'job'

Im not sure if I'm postingnthis in the correct area but hopefully I can still get some tips

I have two horses at home. A 6 year old Quarter Horse mare named Andie, and a now 30 year old pony ( my very first horse) named Baylee. I've been working with Andie for two years- breaking her to ride as well as teaching her barrel patterns, ground work ect.

I stopped riding Baylee about teo years ago ( give or take a few months) because I out grew her and because I became to heavy for her and moved up to Andie. I feel bad when I take Andie out to ride or lunge and Baylee tags along with a hopeful look on her face but only gets to 'watch'. Ever since I started riding Andie more and had to stop riding Baylee, she looks more..sad than she used to and for a while was quite depressed ( I guessed it was from not being ridden and losing her 'job').

I've tried lunging her ( only doing walk trot) so she doesn't feel left out but I found that she can't trot because of arthritis in her knees that keep her from doing so despite her looking quite happy at the time.

What are some fun little activities that I could do with Baylee so she feels like she's been given a job or completed a task?

NOTE:* It can't be anything to hard/ strenuous because she is old ( obviously xD)and can't move like she used to.

Thanks for the help!

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post #2 of 7 Old 03-31-2013, 04:50 PM
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What about clicker training and teaching her to little tricks and do obstacles in hand? You can make those as easy or hard as she can manage.

Do you have access to trails? You could handwalk her on the trails and maybe get her a little pack that she could wear so she could carry some supplies (like a sack lunch for you, snacks, etc.) Does your Andie know how to lead another horse while you're mounted? Maybe Baylee could come out for a walk and be led by Andie.
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post #3 of 7 Old 03-31-2013, 04:57 PM
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Do some fun tricks with her teach her something new Like pawing, or to smile for a treat. Walk her with a lead, through trails, or up the road if shes road safe, Brush her, Get her to follow you around the arena.
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These are great ideas! Thanks for the suggestions :)

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Grazing is a nice relaxing activity, and horses really enjoy that. Just make sure you are doing it in a nice place.

I always enjoy a good photoshoot with my horse, which I actually do quite frequently. The memories made are awesome, and I love seeing the progression of my horse throughout the time I've known her.

I've heard of people who like to do clicker training, I don't know much about it but it's worth looking in to. And also little tricks and things, which I also haven't taught my horse.

Ground manners are a great thing to work on. If you have a ring, arena, or empty paddock, lead your horse around and practice stopping, backing up, moving away from pressure, etc.

Feed your horse treats (not too many) but she'll definitely appreciate it.

Grooming! Get those natural oils circulating, or whatever you'd call it...

In hand trail rides! Walk around the trail.
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Any little kids you can lead her around for? My old guy loves having little ones on his back, with helmets on and me leading them :) He knows how to take care of them and enjoys an easy job.
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I second (third?) ponying her! Obviously not too fast but it would be good training for your younger mare, good health-wise for the older mare, and, imo, ponying is really fun! :)

Someone used my mare to pony quite a bit when she was younger and I am eternally grateful to whoever that was! She'll pony anything - horses, dogs, goats. She has enough experience that she does not care one lick if the animal being ponied is mad about it, she'll just drag them until they decide to come along under their own will.
It's really a great skill!

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