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    03-30-2012, 02:03 PM
Things to do to bond with your horse?

I'm trying to spend more time bonding with Destiny as she's been working really hard lately and every ride is a workout.

I've been given the ok to go out to the barn and ride/do whatever with her for a couple of days, and I'm looking for things to do.

I've spent time grooming her, rode her in a halter, tried to teach her to bow (kinda difficult with her bad knee :( ) and we've done some join-up. But now I'm at a loss..

Are there any fun things you do with your horse to bond/just play around with them? I'd love to hear them!

Thanks in advance!
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    03-30-2012, 02:11 PM
Teach her to play fetch and voice commands. Like her name and to stand. Go on walks with her and take her out to a field to graze other than her own paddock.
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    03-30-2012, 02:12 PM
Green Broke
Just walking and hand grazing are always good. As a change sometimes i'll pony them off another horse.
    03-30-2012, 02:13 PM
You could try taking her on a relaxing ride out in the fields or trails, or even hand walking if you don't want to ride her.
    03-30-2012, 02:17 PM
Two words: trail walks.

That's all I did with Aires for the first three months I had him because he wasn't broke to ride. Now, hardly anything spooks him (except for the goat across the street that he is convinced is going to eat him) and a lot of the time, I can walk him with the lead flipped over his back and my hands free.
    03-30-2012, 03:12 PM
I agree with hand walking, trail walks, and long brushings. I talk to Sonny the entire time I brush him out and when I run out of things to say, I sing to him :) He is always a captive audience.
    03-30-2012, 09:07 PM
Sometimes I just leave Blaze in his stall and I sit down on the stall floor and sing to him. Or I just sit there and watch him and he watches me.
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    03-30-2012, 09:37 PM
Or if you like running take her jogging with you :) I loved jogging beside the road with my horse, we would get the funniest looks.
    03-30-2012, 09:59 PM
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Originally Posted by BooBear    
Sometimes I just leave Blaze in his stall and I sit down on the stall floor and sing to him. Or I just sit there and watch him and he watches me.
I do the same thing with my mare in her shed on nasty rainy/snowstorm days -she loves it!!!
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    03-30-2012, 11:52 PM
If I'm in a good mood when brushing I usually sing to her, or if I'm having a bit of a bad day I'll just talk to her about whatever is bugging me. She doesn't have a clue what I'm talking about but she still seems to enjoy it.
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