Want Some Activities to Try - The Horse Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 01-24-2011, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 389
• Horses: 0
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.



AllThePrettyHorses is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 Old 01-24-2011, 09:51 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 8,157
• Horses: 0
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.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
MyBoyPuck is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 01-24-2011, 09:54 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Australia
Posts: 1,921
• Horses: 6
you could go over some trotting poles!! i'm not very good at ideas either

Pocket - 8 yr old, 15.1hh Thoroughbred Mare
~You know you're a horse person when you say 'whoa' to your dog~
Caitlinpalomino is offline  
post #4 of 8 Old 01-24-2011, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 389
• Horses: 0
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..



AllThePrettyHorses is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 01-24-2011, 10:01 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Western Australia
Posts: 3,225
• Horses: 3
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?
RedTree is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 01-24-2011, 10:51 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Valley of the Sun
Posts: 2,923
• Horses: 3
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.

So in lies the madness, the pursuit of the impossible in the face of the complete assurance that you will fail, and yet still you chase.
flytobecat is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 01-25-2011, 07:43 AM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 389
• Horses: 0
Thanks guys. These are awesome ideas.



AllThePrettyHorses is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 01-25-2011, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 389
• Horses: 0
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?



AllThePrettyHorses is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rainy Day Activities ellygraceee Horse Talk 10 10-22-2010 04:53 AM
Stall rest activities? drafts4ever Horse Health 5 04-17-2010 08:38 PM
Stall Activities (Hilariuos) ChevyPrincess Jokes and Funnies 12 01-08-2010 07:18 AM
Ideas for horse club activities! (I need some) Caboose Horse Talk 2 01-22-2009 07:44 PM
Fun Stall Activities SonnyWimps Jokes and Funnies 5 03-20-2008 03:39 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome