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    08-30-2009, 12:58 AM
  #1
Yearling
What do you do with your horse??

Hey,

So, I am just wondering,

What do you guys do with your horses? What sorts of groundwork, riding, bareback, etc do you do with your horse?
     
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    08-30-2009, 01:20 AM
  #2
Banned
My horse and I "do" dressage, so for the most part we are doing flatwork. Once a week I like to put in a stamina/endurance ride in which we work on the racetrack. I also like to do hillwork at least once a week. We trail ride whenever we have the opportunity (which is not often enough in my opinion). I don't do a ton of groundwork with her unless she needs tuning up. I lunge her usually once or twice a month. We also try to stick in a bareback ride every week.

I personally get very bored just riding in the same place more than once and to keep my horse from getting bored I love switching things up. I'm hoping to later introduce some work over poles and tiny jumps into our riding.
We show at the two annual dressage shows and only then do we stick more to arena riding.

Not sure if this counts, but we also like to just chill and hand graze. It's great for bonding time.
     
    08-30-2009, 01:39 AM
  #3
Weanling
Well, I ride western. Always have, probably always will. My best friend taught me english for three months and I hated it. It made me not even want to ride.

With the horse I used to ride, it was mostly training because he was four and very green. But we played too, alot. LOL.

I havent gotten to ride Cricket yet. She's ready to ride, but I just bought a super nice girth online and it's still too big. It came yesterday. I am SO dissapointed. Looks like she needs a 30 inch. So I have to exchange my girth for a newer, smaller one and it can take up to two weeks before it comes in the mail. SO what am I supposed to do untill then?

Looks like LOTS of ground work! Lots, and LOTS of ground work. She has some things she needs to work on. Lots of ground work, lots of exersize= lots of muscle!!!! Hahahahaha.

Cricket is just going to be a pleasure horse. Some arena work here, some trails there. Lots of trails though. Gotta love em.
     
    08-30-2009, 01:44 AM
  #4
Weanling
My Scouters is pretty much a pleasure horse and I only ride western. Maybe someday when him and I both have patience we can try a few halter shows for experience! :) But yah, I mainly stick to trails and just riding with friends!
     
    08-30-2009, 04:52 AM
  #5
Green Broke
I lay in bed and with my imaginary horse and I often do cross country in my head. Through water jumps and over huge brushes and terrifying drops. Sometimes me and my imaginary horse are just nowhere, you know, on piece of land with mountains in the distance and you can't see any other sign of humans and you can just ride.

Other times we are travelling, it doesn't matter where, its just that we are going new places. Me and my imaginary horse. Its a very good horse, no buck or bolt.

But if wishes were horses then I'd be riding, but they're not so I'm not.

When I did have horses I'd do mainly flat work. One of my instructors told me that for every one hour of jumping I do I should do five hours of flatwork. She was a dressage nazi, so most of the time I would do flatwork. Or ride around, just nowhere really. Flatwork mostly. On the next horse I get I am going to do no flatwork, or hardly any, for once in my life I am just going to have fun.
     
    08-30-2009, 07:09 AM
  #6
Showing
I skimp on the groundwork on my older horses. The only thing considered groundwork they ever get is when I am tacking up, untacking, or having their feet done. Mine are never lunged. I usually just tack up (unless I'm going bareback), get on, and go. If they are needing some schooling, I may go trot or lope some circles for a half hour or so and work on their neck and mouth. As for a green horse, after about the first 3 rides, I don't usually lunge them either (unless they have shown a willingness to buck). I just tack them up, get on, and put them at a good clip down a kinda rough trail for 4 or 5 miles. Then I come back to the house and spend time doing circles, working on their bending and neck reining and stops. One thing that I absolutely love doing on young horses is about the last half a mile or so home, I will urge them up into a little jog and if they start to get fast or if thier head comes up, I will ask for the stop and a couple of steps backward. Even if they are traveling nice, I will do this about every 5 or 6 strides. It really helps them to travel "with their brakes on" and makes for a nice easy ride when they figure it out. Plus, it makes their stop just uber hard and responsive.
     
    08-30-2009, 08:44 AM
  #7
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
I skimp on the groundwork on my older horses. The only thing considered groundwork they ever get is when I am tacking up, untacking, or having their feet done. Mine are never lunged. I usually just tack up (unless I'm going bareback), get on, and go. If they are needing some schooling, I may go trot or lope some circles for a half hour or so and work on their neck and mouth. As for a green horse, after about the first 3 rides, I don't usually lunge them either (unless they have shown a willingness to buck). I just tack them up, get on, and put them at a good clip down a kinda rough trail for 4 or 5 miles. Then I come back to the house and spend time doing circles, working on their bending and neck reining and stops. One thing that I absolutely love doing on young horses is about the last half a mile or so home, I will urge them up into a little jog and if they start to get fast or if their head comes up, I will ask for the stop and a couple of steps backward. Even if they are traveling nice, I will do this about every 5 or 6 strides. It really helps them to travel "with their brakes on" and makes for a nice easy ride when they figure it out. Plus, it makes their stop just uber hard and responsive.
I like that concept and exercise. I'll be trying that with the little mare I'm working with currently. She has a very good whoa, but will be interesting to reinforce that on the trail, especially with a little acceleration before the whoa. Seems like it gives you a good handle on their mind and where it is. Thanks for the tip.

And, to answer the OP, I'm strictly a trail rider, so my horses are exposed to as much as possible. While T is tried and true, due to her failing eyesight, Walka is now my primary mount. So, he is being tested, along with myself, and so far he is doing fine. While he is a little lazy in the round pen in saddle, he is very forward on the trail. So the exercise smrobs outlined will be very handy with his training.

Just to give you a smile, the other night I was on T in the field giving her a little exercise and wondering how much she could actually see. All of a sudden a partridge broke and took flight. Well I had been concentrating so hard on T that I jumped in the saddle and then thought "oh, great, spook your horse why don't you!". T never flinched or broke stride. I guess she's handling her situation better than I am. Smart girl my T.
     
    08-30-2009, 11:08 AM
  #8
Yearling
With my horses it varies what I do on how I'm feeling.
Sometimes I will just lunge and do some bending stuff to keep them soft and supple. Other times, I lunge them over ground poles and cross rails. Sometimes I work on just halter/showmanship stuff. Other times I ride with a saddle, sometimes I just go bareback.
What I do also depends on which horse I worked last time. If I rode Summer last time, I usually ride Buttercup because one is super slow and one is super fast and I like how they kind of complete each other. Sometimes I try to ride all Summer, Buttersup, Buddy, Thunder, and Star in one day. That's when it gets crazy.
     
    08-30-2009, 12:53 PM
  #9
Showing
I do dressage with Denny right now, and we will be jumping by the winter *fingers crossed*

What I like to do for fun with him:
- Sit on the grass while he grazes
- Sit bareback while he grazes
- Take him for walks down the road in-hand or bareback
- Groom him till he gleams
- Sit and watch him interact in his paddock.
     
    08-30-2009, 01:05 PM
  #10
Weanling
Um, basically everything. Speed, Pleasure, Jumping, Rodeo things, you name it we've probably done it. :)
     

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