Winter is pretty tough to keep busy!! I like to get out of that rut by teaching them new things such as laying down, bowing, western if english, dressage if western, and lots of trot poles!
Try to hack alot! It is great for the mind for you and your horse.
I've started doing cavaletti with my mare to build back muscles. Just lunging over them. I figured she'd hate it and would be dealing with protest every time. Turns out she thinks it's a blast and happily does it. Not exactly "fun" for me, but she enjoys it and suits my needs.
Our QH is cow bred and loves to "herd" things. The owner recently added 14 ducks to the front pond and my 10 year old daughter and her mare love to herd the ducks.
Those poor ducks quack and try to dart around the girls to get back to their pond...but Acey and Kitten are pretty good at stopping them for a minute or two before letting them go. I love how perky Acey gets when Kitten aims her at the pond. The giggles from Kitten are priceless too.
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I haven't been able to do it with my current horse yet because we don't have an arena with enough room at the moment, but even though I ride English and do hunter/jumpers, I teach my horses the basics of barrel racing (or if I'm lazy, cone racing!). I've found it helps break up the monotony, helps me with balance, it helps my horses learn to make tighter turns, and it helps us learn to listen to each other.
I herd my dogs :) with my horse (I have actually run one over when he was not paying attention to me and I got tired of him) My horse hates them and acctually charges them (he is getting reprimanded quite alot) I think its fun cause I ride english and since we don't have any cows. The dogs don't like it though. I tried to herd my chickens but they just walked UNDER him its so funny since my horse LOVES our chickens and will walk carefully over them and allow them to walk under him and use him as a perch but when our dog comes near back go the ears and up goes the back leg:) He also tries to groom the chickens but they arn't very tolerant of that (exept for 1 who I think has mental issues)
I like to just go read him a book and he seems to enjoy.
Annie and I go mudding. We have a couple of places around here where the guys take their trucks, and sometimes i'll strap on Annies chest gear and protectors and swam tromp on out to do some gator hunting. Anne ends up 2 ft deep in mud sometimes, and sometimes we have to bail if the gator is too big or we come across a boar, but hey, its fun ;)
It's been pretty frosty and everywhere's been pretty solid the past few weekends, so i've mostly spent time taking pictures and grooming. However this weekend it was really mild that the ground had softened up so I took whisks for a good gallop, she loved it, when we'd slowed up her tail was up like a flag pole and she had her bouncy showing of gait on so it made me feel good knowing she felt good, it's been a while since I let her open up like that.