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post #1 of 8 Old 10-17-2009, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone,

This is my first post on the horse forum, so I hope I do it right. My horse lives alone. I ride him Mon, Wed, Fri and I just started riding him for the first time in 8 months. During those 8 months he just hung out in the pasture and we did ground work such as longing and playing around. But I started riding him and it is just so lonely riding alone. That is pretty much the reason I stopped riding him the first place. He loves trail riding and that seems to be the only thing that motivates him to work, but I want to make riding more fun for him and I and get him engaged at home, so we don't have to go down dangerous road (which he seems to like) to get him happy about being ridden. I want to get back into dressage and jumping like I used to for years but I need help getting started. Does anyone else ride alone? Without any trainer or anything? I just need some help to make riding more fun for him and I.

Thanks!
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post #2 of 8 Old 10-17-2009, 08:43 PM
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If you can, find the Sept issue of Horse & Rider. There are a bunch of exercises and ideas for people who ride alone.
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post #3 of 8 Old 10-17-2009, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, Thank you so very much! I will go on their website and see what I can find.
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post #4 of 8 Old 10-17-2009, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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No luck on finding that article, any other suggestions?
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post #5 of 8 Old 10-17-2009, 10:11 PM
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Hello everyone,

This is my first post on the horse forum, so I hope I do it right. My horse lives alone. I ride him Mon, Wed, Fri and I just started riding him for the first time in 8 months. During those 8 months he just hung out in the pasture and we did ground work such as longing and playing around. But I started riding him and it is just so lonely riding alone. That is pretty much the reason I stopped riding him the first place. He loves trail riding and that seems to be the only thing that motivates him to work, but I want to make riding more fun for him and I and get him engaged at home, so we don't have to go down dangerous road (which he seems to like) to get him happy about being ridden. I want to get back into dressage and jumping like I used to for years but I need help getting started. Does anyone else ride alone? Without any trainer or anything? I just need some help to make riding more fun for him and I.

Thanks!
I often find myself having to ride and work alone as well, but I will set up different obstacles or focus on a certain activity (like good transitions, or collection, etc) to keep myself focused. I enjoy working with my horses, so aside from getting 'down' about having to work alone at times, I just focus on my time between my horse and I.

"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
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post #6 of 8 Old 10-17-2009, 10:16 PM
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get the book 101 arena exercises (check your local free libarary). I usually only ride alone, my mare hates being ridden with other horses in the ring, so we need to work on that. look for dressage tests online the intro level is something everyone can do. make up your own patters, cerpentines figure 8s and so on. you could get some round poles and set them up various distances and places in the ring, ever small cavalettis. just keep mixing it up
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post #7 of 8 Old 10-17-2009, 10:57 PM
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Set urself goals, like getting ur horse to do things lightly and working on transitions.

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post #8 of 8 Old 10-18-2009, 11:56 PM
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I work weird hours, so I almost always ride alone. I mix things up a lot to keep both of us interested. Some days are strictly dressage, others jumping, and still others are out of the ring altogether. I do lots of riding using ground poles to work on our bending, circles and overall steering. Some days we goof off and just canter around like a pair of idiots or I try to manuever him with all seat and no reins. (Both me and horsey like to canter more than anything else) I'm an info junkie, so if I learn something new from a book or online, we try it out. I can't really say I've every been bored while riding. There's always something to work on.
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