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        12-15-2013, 03:25 PM
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    Foal
    I think my horse is getting bored of flatwork?

    So I've been working on flatwork, collection and distances to fences with my new gelding. I ride him 4-5 days a week. I don't jump him everyday and he always gets 1-2 days off and is turned out regularly, I take once a week lessons on him. But I think he's getting bored of going in circles and doing the same thing. Actually I'm probably getting more bored then he is! Lol the problem is its the middle of a nasty, cold winter here in Ohio right now and there's not really anything we can do besides schooling in the indoor arena. What else do you guys do to add variety to your rides?
         
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        12-15-2013, 03:40 PM
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    Started
    Trail ride, just cause their is snow on the ground doesn't mean you can go for a walk! The other thing to do is patterns, circles, serpentines, spirals etc. Trotting poles, try some new ground work stuff (liberty or trick training). Go for a twenty minute ride and spend 40 minutes cooling out and messaging your hose (you might be surprised by what you learn just touching your horse).
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        12-15-2013, 05:21 PM
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    Trained
    Look up "trail class". Fun work that you can do in an arena and keeps your horse sharp.
         
        12-15-2013, 06:48 PM
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    Started
    Oh yes, set up trail obstacles!
         
        12-15-2013, 07:05 PM
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rookie    
    Trail ride, just cause their is snow on the ground doesn't mean you can go for a walk! The other thing to do is patterns, circles, serpentines, spirals etc. Trotting poles, try some new ground work stuff (liberty or trick training). Go for a twenty minute ride and spend 40 minutes cooling out and messaging your hose (you might be surprised by what you learn just touching your horse).

    I had this vision of someone texting their horse. Then I looked again, no , don't text your horse, text your hose.


    Anyway, I am just teasing you , Rookie. I make typos ALL the time.
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        12-15-2013, 07:34 PM
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    Showing
    Massaging can be beneficial if only done right, harmful if done wrong. I recommend leaving that up to the professionals...

    Just mix it up. If you're bored, chances are your horses are too.
         
        12-16-2013, 10:02 PM
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    Yearling
    The book 101 jumping exercises is awesome! Flat exercises too.
         

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