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post #1 of 4 Old 06-11-2012, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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New Here! Exercising and ground work suggestions?

Hi everyone! I'm new here, although I have been reading this forum for sometime.

Let me give me you some background information on myself and my riding experience. I've been riding horses my entire life but just for pleasure and never super serious, I've only owned one horse from the time I was 3 until I was 12, now I'm 19. About 6 months ago I got REALLY interested in riding, after my Aunt needed a place to keep her horses and brought them to our farm. I have 5 horses at my house, two of which are designated as mine. My Aunt has been riding for 40+ years so I have a great teacher! The past four months I have improved upon my riding so much and have came a long way! But again there is always room for improvement.

Boomer and Belle are my two horse both are Quarter Horses. Boomer is 23 but acts like a young one. He is strictly a barrel horse and lives to run, he can get really keyed up. It took me 2 months before I even had the courage to get on him, but he has been a total blessing and has boosted my confidence so much! I've had Belle for a week she is 14 and has done it all; she is somewhat trained in reining, can rope, and runs all play-day events. She's a sturdy reliable mare who I'm still trying to figure out. I'm using her for a play-day and barrel horse.

I'm working on getting them in shape, strengthening my bond with my horses, and working on my own horsemanship. Right now their exercise consist of long trotting, lunging, and whenever we practice patterns (this is more for my benefit than theirs). I was wondering what ground work exercises y'all might suggest to get out of our normal routine and to mix things up for my babies I know they probably get bored?
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post #2 of 4 Old 06-12-2012, 12:08 AM
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Have a playday with your horses. Safely though.

I like to set up obstacle courses and hands-free lead them through and over and around each obstacle. I do poles, cones, barrels, mountain block, etc.

In hand walk and trot is always good exercise for both of you, especially down trails. You cannot let them go too far in-front or behind you though. There should be control at all times.

Any refreshers on leading and yielding are always great. Sometimes it's fun to do a desensitizing day and then hop on bareback to cool them off, or just ride bareback from the get-go.
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Thanks so much! I had never thought of setting up obstacles, that's a great idea!
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You're welcome :)

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