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    07-26-2011, 09:04 PM
Green Broke
Need a Mix It Up -- Ideas for a New Challenge?

My horse and I have been doing the same old thing all summer. Trail ride a a couple days, drag through some "dressage" style arena work once in a while, review ground basics (turn on the forehand, haunches, sidepass, lunging, etc).

I need a fresh challenge; something to break the monotony a few days a week. Preferably a multiday/multiweek project -- trick training, liberty work, bridleless, a new undersadde skill, "fancy" groundwork...

I apologize for a super general thread, but I'll consider all suggestions.
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    07-26-2011, 09:29 PM
I would suggest a "trail" class. You can make "gates" and water obstacles and teach your horse to walk over moving planks and so on. It'll have practical benefits in the real world, as well as fun time for your horse. Also look into gymkhana events and try some of those. Set up some barrels or introduce your horse to some cows if you are western. Try pole weaving. I am in favor of teaching your horse valuable experiences, not just "tricks" that might backfire. There are so many different disciplines you can try on your own. If you want more information about a certain discipline or event please feel free to ask =)
    07-26-2011, 09:48 PM
Green Broke
We tackled show trail a while back. Fun stuff! It defineately seemed to teach my horse her feet are attached to her body

I'm English, so I don't know a thing about gymkhana. I've sat in a Western saddle four times. What is there "to it"? I've been people run barrels and poles and key hole race (that last one looks like a lot of fun) on their finished gaming horses, but I don't know what goes into training them. Would it be benefitical as a cross training activity? It's certainly different that what I normally do, so I can see bordom buster potencial.
    07-26-2011, 09:53 PM
Psht...easy. Driving. It translates well to undersaddle work, aids collection and is a big workout for the ground driver. Once you have good ground driving done, I like to drag stuff....LOL Tires, tree branches etc. It certainly helps in a trail situation.
    07-26-2011, 09:55 PM
Maybe you should take up western then! :)
    07-26-2011, 10:06 PM
Green Broke
Driving. This I like very much. I've long lined a few tiny ponies, but never dragging anything... Do you have to use a harness for ground diving, or is there some way to attach a tire/dragging object to a saddle? I presume that would take some DIY rigging. It would take me a few weeks to save up enough for a harness and I am very impatient.

Western feels weird and unstable for me... Lots of saddle, too little horse. Maybe I should learn for the sake of learning. I can get a spare saddle from a boarder friend. A little side project.
    07-26-2011, 10:08 PM
Gymkhana works well for english too. You can do barrels or pole bending english as long as you're not showing (then too, but people will, well..... be VERY confused, lol). Driving is a good idea too. You might also try some poles on the ground and eventually jumping. You might want someone to help you though for jumping, it's best to know what you're doing before you teach a horse. Western can be learned too, it's actually quite fun. I do both and I love the quick turns and the neck-reining for western. You can teach your horse bareback if you haven't already If you have, practice different mounting techniques, youtube has many.... umm... you can also try vaulting if you have another person.....just look around at other disciplines.
    07-26-2011, 10:12 PM
English saddle or western saddle? Western is easy. Right around the horn with a rope.

English might be a little tricky but just ground driving is challenging enough. Your girl is gaited, right?

A driving harness or just a plain old surcingle will certainly help with ground driving but I know several people that ground drive by throwing lines through the stirrups on a saddle. You just need it so that the lines don't get twisted.
    07-26-2011, 10:26 PM
Green Broke
English saddle... Maybe I could tie up the stirrups somehow and run the lines through? I have one of those dog couplers that makes it so you can walk two dogs on one leash. Snap it to either D ring on the front of the saddle and use it to drag stuff instead of a saddle horn?

Gaited, yes! Cursed and gifted with the step pace. :/ I'm not too concerned with competition standards, but are gaited horses expected to keep a proper gait while being driven?

I would be lynched if I when to a running show English. I almost sorta wanna try it. And then I'll gait the pattern, to make the spectator's amusement complete.
    07-29-2011, 06:38 AM
Gymkhana is a LOT of fun.

Our association doesn't allow us anything but a western saddle at the moment though for safety reasons :/ Not sure how strict any associations around you would be, and even if you didn't actually compete its super fun.

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