So much for "self-exercising!" - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 8 Old 12-31-2013, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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So much for "self-exercising!"

Like so many others, we're having dreadful weather. We had a lot of snow, then a strange jump in temps with lots of rain that melted over a foot of snow overnight, but then went into a deep freeze with temps around 15*F for several days in a row. All of our pastures and the paths leading to them are basically skating rinks-so today, the horses were on day 2 of being stuck in their stalls/run outs, since turn out is basically impossible.

It was too cold to ride, so I brought my mare into the indoor this afternoon, did a little bit of in-hand work, and then figured I'd just turn her loose and let her get her wiggles out. She immediately took a long, very satisfying looking roll...and then spent the next 20 minutes staring at herself in the mirror, doing nothing ;) not even a buck and a fart!

So much for horses self-exercising!! I guess she's not ready to explode from boredom just yet.

Sending a lot of sympathy to everyone having a harsh winter already...
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-31-2013, 09:22 PM
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Do you ever longe or free longe your horse? I find that very helpful for getting or keeping my horses fit when it's too cold or for some reason I can't ride. I also even free longe 1-2 times/week when I can ride. You are lucky to have an indoor, it's the perfect place. If your ring is too long you may need a second person at one end and you at the other to keep them moving at whatever gait you are working them at. When I started my horse back into work last year it was a tremendous help to get him fit and start building muscle!
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post #3 of 8 Old 12-31-2013, 09:38 PM
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Haha, sounds like my gelding. While my dogs love the indoors arena in cold weather and run around in it like crazy maniacs, the horse rolls, sniffs other horses' poop, looks at himself in the mirror, and is done :)
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post #4 of 8 Old 12-31-2013, 10:40 PM
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Too cute haha!

I suppose she was happy after doing in-hand work!

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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post #5 of 8 Old 12-31-2013, 11:27 PM
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You should have taken a photo of that! We are having a rough winter here as well. Early in the year I had to actually shovel paths in order for my horses to be able to get to and farm the waterer, and their feed. We are still absolutely snowed in but most of the horses are learning to plow through the snow drifts to get where they need to be. The broodmares however, a bunch of pre-madonna's they are! Pfft
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post #6 of 8 Old 01-01-2014, 04:52 AM
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Not sure if mine still does it, but "back in the day" (so 3 years ago when he was 2 and in the midst of his lungeing training) I could free lunge him in the middle of the 80' x 160' arena and he'd "free lunge" around me in a ~25-30' circle wheni took his line off. I haven't tried it in at least a couple of years, though.
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post #7 of 8 Old 01-01-2014, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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Yep, she's a great lunger and adequate at free lunging (good with voice commands, but sometimes her behavior leaves a little to be desired in that situation...) I'll probably have to do some lunging today/tomorrow, since we're looking at single digit highs.

FG ranch-I can sympathize-dealing with big snow drifts is something usually facing our horses in the winter. We just don't usually have this terrible ice in the winter-we have to walk down a bit of a hill to get to the main turnout area, and I shudder I think about someone going down out there with a horse coming down on top of them. Simply not safe, but not much that can be done about it until it warms up next week and melts a bit.
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-01-2014, 11:31 AM
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Seems like the horrible weather, ice, snow, wind and cold is pretty widespread. My horses are simply not used to the volume of snow we have and think that their world has been turned upside down lol
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