Originally Posted by Jumper12
My horse and I are getting really bored of riding in our riding arena and we can't yet ride in the fields all the time bc of rain. What can I do with her while working on the flat? Any ideas especially for bending?
Do an obstacle course, and ask her to shoulder-in or haunches-in around the obstacles (except poles of course, go over them in between them.) Lots of figures.. winding circles starting huge and getting smaller. Play a game with the arena rails. On the short ones you canter or lope, long ones you trot or jog. Do one rep (all four sides) and then cut across the diagonal into a stretchy, maybe even extended walk. Then repeat.
Another thing you could do with her, is ground work games while your horse is free with a nice bareback cool down at the end. Meaning you could play with them loose, send them over things either on the lunge line or if you're really a good communicator (it takes practice) completely loose over obstacles. You could sack your horse out to things, you could walk, and trot your horse in-hand. Then after you're done, hop on your horse and just walk with them enjoying the day.
Hope that helps