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        01-24-2011, 10:46 PM
      #1
    Weanling
    Want Some Activities to Try

    I know my horse is bored out of her mind with just walking around and doing an occasional bit of trot, and that's most likely why she's been so difficult and unfocused lately.

    So...what are some fun "training" activities I can do with her? Stuff that will keep her (and me) focused, but also gets us working on keeping slow, relaxed and controlled?

    I was thinking of setting up some barrels and making patterns with them, but I'm not a terribly creative person and really have nothing beyond that If anyone has any ideas, I'd be really glad to hear them.
         
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        01-24-2011, 10:51 PM
      #2
    Trained
    Do you know any dressage? Leg yield, shoulder-in, haunches-in, turn on forehand, etc can all be done at the walk. Throw in serpentines and circles and you really keep your horse interested.
         
        01-24-2011, 10:54 PM
      #3
    Started
    You could go over some trotting poles!! I'm not very good at ideas either
         
        01-24-2011, 10:57 PM
      #4
    Weanling
    We've done a bit of leg yield and turn on the forehand, but haven't done very much shoulder/haunches in stuff-I probably wouldn't be able to do it/teach it correctly. I could work more on the stuff we do already know, though.

    And I don't have trot poles at home. We ride outside, and don't have an arena or anything. The most we have for equipment like that is barrels. I guess I could get some straight branches or something, though..
         
        01-24-2011, 11:01 PM
      #5
    Green Broke
    Make patterns like you said.
    Or practice the different speeds at a walk, make her go really fast but no trotting or really slow without stopping.
    Weaving maybe?
         
        01-24-2011, 11:51 PM
      #6
    Green Broke
    I get bored in the arena. These are some things I do. Sorry if I don't explain these very well & some of these things I do just for fun.
    1.I'll work the fence. I start at a walk & progessively go faster. Up & down the fence 1/2 way then turn into it getting your horse to pivot on his hide quarters instead of the front. Then do the same thing but get him to drop his shoulder & turn on the front.
    2.Practice side passing,going backwards, emergency dismount from both sides, getting on from both sides.
    3. A competative trail course ie..small jumps, a bridge, lay down a tarp, set up a flag,lay down an L or a keyhole shape with some poles.
    4. Put some buckets on the barrels & practice picking up an object in one bucket & putting it in the other.
    5. Practice cowboy polo (broom & beach ball). If its just you, use the broom to move the ball from one end of the arena to the other.
    6. Most recently we took a cue from the on the girls at The Knights of Long Gone Ranch on the forum & did some jousting with pool noodles.
         
        01-25-2011, 08:43 AM
      #7
    Weanling
    Thanks guys. These are awesome ideas.
         
        01-25-2011, 08:37 PM
      #8
    Weanling
    Alright, well, I've taken all your advice (and some ideas of my own), and made this list:

    -circles
    -serpentines
    -figure 8's
    -leg yielding
    -turn on the forehand
    -start teaching turn on the haunches
    -start working more on sidepass
    -back up (through patterns or whatnot)
    -transitions
    -transitions/speed variations within the gait
    -four leaf clover pattern
    -mounting/dismounting from both sides
    -jousting with pool noodles
    -maybe some mounted archery?
    -just generally accustom her to carrying stuff and whipping stuff around while on her back

    *Sigh* She was SO unfocused and really trying my patience today. I have tomorrow off, so hopefully I can do some of this then and bring her back to me. Even if it doesn't get through to her, at least I'll have something to focus on other than her lack of attention..

    Does anyone have anything more to add?
         

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