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    09-24-2009, 03:07 PM
Green Broke
Try riding freestyle!!! Not anywhere where your horse can run you into anything (like my horse does! Right into the pole! UUUURG!) but its fun!

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    03-20-2011, 05:26 PM
Ray and I have probably annoyed the majority of our neighbors this past winter. Riding in the snow is over, but I've taught him to let me run up to him and jump on his back, cartwheel off of him, backflip off of him, etc. We are starting to jump bareback and with saddle, but he has an attention span of 0.1 and gets halfway over the creek and finds more grass. Where we live, nobody owns horses, so we are all alone and bored. Walking through the woods and up and down the road gets old fast, so we jump fences that cows have knocked down and ride in there and sometimes actually round up the wandering herd or two. ;)
    03-20-2011, 05:36 PM
You could always make up some gymkhana equipment and have a mess around with it :) heres a link to some stuff you can buy, but you can always just find old cones, balls, cups, buckets etc lying around and use them instead of spending loads of money lol Asti Equestrian Online Store: Mounted Games
    03-20-2011, 10:54 PM
Originally Posted by Palomino Brigade    
Riding in the snow is over, but I've taught him to let me run up to him and jump on his back, cartwheel off of him, backflip off of him, etc.
How do you get your horse not spooked by that? Just doing it over and over lol till he gets okay with it?
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    03-21-2011, 01:51 AM
If you have other people to ride with, tag is really fun on horseback. I work at a summer camp and we play it with the campers. Depending on their experience level, we set speed limits (like for very beginner kids that are comfortable with trotting, they can't go above a trot and if their horse tries to go fast, they have to stop).

It's even more fun if you are comfortable loping and galloping because you end up almost cutting (western event, dunno if you're english or western) your friends in order to tag them and it gets going really fast.
    03-21-2011, 03:02 AM
Green Broke
We also like to play tag. It can get kind of intense at times. We also like to do judged trail rides. They have obstacles set up to see how well you and your horse work together. Some are:

Egg cary: cary an egg from a nest(bucket) in one tree to another in another tree while side passing

Opening a gate: either it's an actual gate or two posts with a rope between and you have to open the gate, go thru and close the gate on horseback without letting go of the gate

Boardwalk: riding across a platform (like a pallet without any holes), sometimes a board is put underneath so the platform will teeter or rock

Carwash: a tarp cut into strips and hanging from a rope and you ride your horse thru it

Mailman: open a mailbox, take out a letter, put the letter back in and close the mailbox, with option to raise or lower flag on box

Sled ride: pull a snowsled behind your horse

Apple picking: pick apple or item tied to tree

Raincoat: Taking a raincoat from one tree to another

Soccer: have your horse kick a ball, we've used a big beach ball, between two trees. Sounds easy, but not exactly

There are more but I can't remember right now. These not only help you see how well you can control your horse but also exposes them to different and out of the ordinary objects.
    03-21-2011, 04:14 AM
Ride bridleless and bareback. This is a great thread to start. Because I too get really bored when there isn't much to do. My neighbors probably all think I'm an idiot. I just try about anything I can think of. Both my mares ride bridleless bareback and will back, sidepass, put there heads down flex side to side, etc. Just about everything they do with their headgear on. We even get a shop push broom and go around nocking snow off the roof edges like this. I always wonder what my horses think? Is he the stupidest human that ever lived? Probably
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    03-21-2011, 10:47 AM
Originally Posted by glitterhorse    
How do you get your horse not spooked by that? Just doing it over and over lol till he gets okay with it?
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I would run up beside him and stop, keeping him on a short lead, and if he turned I would push his side and move him right back. When he was okay with the running, I'd just grab his back and start jumping up and down until he was okay with that, too. Then I tried to add it all together. The first few times he wanted to turn or walk away when I was still pulling myself up, and there were a few times when he sent me right over the other side of him, (thankfully landing on my feet. :)) but now he's perfectly fine with it. When I don't have school, I'll go see him at midnight and he'll just let me jump on and sit with him. ;) and the cartwheeling and backflipping? If you get him to let you stand on his back, then get him used to pressure on his hindquarters and you jumping behind him (BE CAREFUL!) then he'll let you do anything. This has actually come in handy. Now instead of just falling when he freaks out and tries to bolt away, I can flip off him and onto my feet and still have control. I taught him in the small corral, for safety reasons, and before I did any of this, I made sure he was okay with me touching him everywhere and walking all around him.
    03-26-2011, 03:20 AM
We play horse soccer on the weekends, I haven't yet done it. I have seen photos of my barn friends it looks like a lot of fun.

At my older barn we would ride bareback stick a dollar under our leg and trot around trying to steal it... idk it was alot of fun!!!!

Another game was Simon Says, omg this GAME on a horse is S O M you CH fun!!!!!!
    03-26-2011, 10:25 AM
Green Broke
Just read Kalliy10's post and remembered another thing we've done, Red light, green light:


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