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    12-09-2012, 07:03 PM
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Foal
Building a stronger bond/doing some fun things with your horse

So I have a 3 year old draft cross. I work her lightly every time I go to the barn but I am curious if there's some sort of fun alternative every so often just to take a break. Sometimes I'll lead her down the long driveway as sort of a "mini trail" then let her graze in the field at the end. What are some other things I can do with her for a "relaxing day"?

Also, what are some activities that can help strengthen the bond? I think I have a strong one with my lil' girl, but want to reinforce it, I guess? She used to run up to me in the field and would make that cute purring-ish noise when she heard me coming toward her stall.. She doesn't do any of that anymore, but she is still such a lovebug with me.

Would anything help in either of these situations?

Thanks!
     
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    12-09-2012, 07:36 PM
  #2
Foal
I have a 3 yo too :)

Jazzy loves to be groomed, we do loads of ground patterns like showmanship I mean (but at barn), we play in the arena, I show her all kinds of stuff: tarps, tires, cones, ground poles.

I keep it rhythmic, calm, focused, pay attention to her, and stay the boss while doing so and I think those things alone deepen the bond... Enjoy her!!
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    12-09-2012, 07:57 PM
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Trained
Trail walks. That's all I could do with my draft cross when I first got him. I now have a coming 4yo who is basically fearless and trusts me completely.
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    12-09-2012, 09:56 PM
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Foal
Ok :) That's what I do now... I can't take her down trails too often thanks to stupid hunting season in the area. I do it when I can though and I get her used to the cones, tires, tarps, flags, etc. She has such a mellow personality when she faces new things. She'll perk up a little, but nothing major. She shied one time while I was walking on her one time and all she did was side step so smoothly that it made me laugh (it was my friend texting in a purple hoodie).

But yeah... I've done that sort of stuff. I'll definitely keep doing it though, thanks! :) as for grooming, I can easily spend 45+ minutes grooming her and loving on her thick mane and tail lol

What sort of ground patterns do you do, herdof2?
Draftyairesmum, how long would you trail walk him? Were there any obstacles at all on the trails? I always think it's fun taking them on trails. I had a bad experience one of the first times I did it with my baby though... I ended up with poison ivy on top of having seed ticks all over me :(
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    12-09-2012, 10:11 PM
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Started
You could investigate clicker training :)
I do it with my small draft, I use it for fun stuff, like targetting or 'searching' or fetching and other games - but also for practical things like teaching her to give to the bit and to move forward off leg pressure - and getting her over her fears and everything else I could ever imagine xD

If your curious to know more about it I'll go on, but if your not interested I don't want to go too far into it xD but here's an awesome video that inspired me

     
    12-10-2012, 07:10 PM
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Weanling
I go out and work in the pasture and generally "hang out" with my horse while he does nothing. It always puts him in a good mood.
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    12-10-2012, 07:18 PM
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Green Broke
Yeah, I like just chilling with my horse. I find ALL her itchy spots and I go out and talk to her. Sometimes I'll work at the walk just yeilding and steering with my legs and seat only. Trail riding is nice and riding in the snow is fun. I really like giving them a "vacation" during the coldest months, gives them a nice break and time to be a horse!
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    12-11-2012, 03:18 PM
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Foal
What do you do/how do you do clicker training? I've never seen anyone due it nor do I know what you can achieve with it (the video is choppy for me. Not sure why :( ) So yeah, I'm curious about it :P

What do you guys do with your horses when you just hang out? I'll sometimes graze her or sit in the ring to let her either run around or eat (she will occasionally come over to sniff or bump me then goes back to eating). I feel limited at times though and I don't want her to ever dread seeing me haha. Do ya'll know what signs there are that your horse totally trusts you and that you have a good bond? Like I said, I feel like I have trust and a bond with Callie but I doubt it sometimes when she will lift her head to see me coming then just go back to eating or even when I think back to how she used to run/make happy noises when she saw me and now she doesn't.

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    12-11-2012, 05:19 PM
  #9
Weanling
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Originally Posted by sportschick068    
What do you guys do with your horses when you just hang out?
I do work out in the pasture and put my boy on a tie out to graze. After he gets bored with that he hangs his head over the gate to watch me work. When I'm done I groom him and turn him back in. It doesn't sound like much but he sure seems to like watching me work.

Here's a picture of him inside the pasture watching my boyfriend work on his shed.

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    12-11-2012, 05:24 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by SlideStop    
Yeah, I like just chilling with my horse. I find ALL her itchy spots and I go out and talk to her. Sometimes I'll work at the walk just yeilding and steering with my legs and seat only. Trail riding is nice and riding in the snow is fun. I really like giving them a "vacation" during the coldest months, gives them a nice break and time to be a horse!
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I'm stupid.. I thought this was the winter riding thread. My bad! :)
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