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    05-15-2011, 08:21 PM
I used to a little, but frankly I'm getting too tired too soon. So I prefer horse to carry me...
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    05-15-2011, 08:56 PM
Wow! A lot more people go running with their horses than I thought!
I just came back from running with the OTTB, we both had so much fun. She always follows me around like a dog, and she automatically matches her pace to mine... lol very easy for me! Have fun running with your horses!
    05-15-2011, 09:45 PM
I always wanted to try! :)
    05-15-2011, 10:18 PM
Green Broke
I've never actually thought of this..which really surprises me, haha. I've been trying to get motivation for getting back into shape since I've gotten a little..overweight since my mum went back to college and only fed us out food and didn't have time to take us to exercise o.o; I think this might just be it! I know Dude and Poco would have fun doing it, not so sure about any of the other horses xD I'm going to have to try and do that next time we go to the park to practice :p Maybe practice runs first and then jog to the lake to swim and jog back? Haha
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    05-15-2011, 10:31 PM
I play tag with my horses one day after they'd had baths-- my pets always feel so much better when they're clean.
    05-16-2011, 10:48 PM
Yeah I do it with Relan all the time! I run in the indoor arena cause I don't like running outside, but I just take off the halter and he follows me around like a dog! Relana does it too sometimes..If she's in the mood! (Mare haha) But yes I love running with Relan it's very relaxing and makes me feel like I have more of a connection with him. At the end I like to swing up on him bareback without a saddle or bridle and just trot and canter around the arena. That's the thing he loves the most! :)
    05-17-2011, 01:19 AM
To the OP, thank you so much for posting this! I've been wondering about this since I got Mick, mostly because I love running, Mick needs to improve his endurance, and we are working on his 'worldliness.' The reason I never did if before was that I was told that a horse should always be calm and submissive while being led, and if he's trotting (or whatever besides walking) he isn't learning this. What do you guys think? Subscribing!
    05-17-2011, 02:50 AM
You can teach submissiveness while trotting too... the whole point is to get your horse to respond to you better. Ideally the horse should match his/her pace to yours, because you are the leader. You can practice this first while walking by walking very slowly and then speeding up. Teach your horse to be mindful of your space at the walk too (stick your elbow out to make a "bubble"). When the horse is following you at the walk and matching your pace, it will do the same for trot.

I've done the walk exercise with a horse that chronically did not respect your space and always ran you over... she is getting much better now, walking next to me and respecting my space. The most important thing is to have leading at the walk down 100%. You should also maybe consider adding an extra verbal or physical cue for the trot on the lead, so that the horse doesn't assume trotting while leading is ok in normal situations. Just think of this as another skill for the horse to learn.
    05-17-2011, 03:01 AM
Green Broke
You should be able to trot a horse and have it being respectful of you while leading it. They get you to trot a horse to check for lameness don't they. One of my boys will trot beside you and if you come to a dead stop so will he. Though he does have his excitable days. Just work on manners on the ground like all groundwork and your horse should just respond better the more you do it.
    05-17-2011, 08:38 AM
Green Broke
I do it with my mare :) it all started when she got an injury that prevented being ridden for awhile but when she was just getting back into exercise ;)
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