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    10-07-2011, 06:08 PM
things to do with my new horse

Okay, so I just bought a new horse and want to start working with her straight away and just get to know her. The problem is that her feet are in bad shape and the farrier isnt coming till Wednesday and I don't want to bring her out or lunge her yet untill the feet issue is taken care of.

So in the meantime I've just been working on leading (she's really pushy on the lead, like those dog walkers you see where the dog walks the owner) and spending time grooming. Has anyone got any suggestions on things I could do with her? Whether for training, bonding or just for fun, I would love to hear some suggestions. I just want to get to know her but after I finish grooming I find myself just standing in the stable staring at her like a weirdo!
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    10-07-2011, 07:00 PM
Are her feet extremely horrible, or just a bit long? Aires' feet hadn't been done in at least six months when I got him (his feet grow EXTREMELY slow, though...we can go three months between trims!), so he couldn't be put into "hard" work. We did a lot of trail walks and walking around the arena. Trail walks are exactly what they sound like. You halter your horse and go walking out on the trail. Aires loved it, it was a change of scenery for him (hadn't left his stall in six months because he decided he didn't like men and it was only men that did the turnouts and handled the horses), and it was great exercise for me.
    10-07-2011, 07:49 PM
Thanks for the reply. Yes, her hooves are bad enough although I've seen worse. I don't think the previous owners knew what a farrier was.. So definitely no hard work for a while as there's no trails near me and I don't want to bring her on the road with her hooves the way they are.

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I've been walking her around the different paddocks so she can poke her nose over the fence and say hello to the other horses, which she enjoys and we've been working on leading which is coming on great. She's figuring out that she's supposed to walk with me, not tow me!

But apart from that and grooming I can't really think of anything else to do with her, but I don't want to just throw her in a field and ignore her till her hooves are better as that could be a while. Have some photos here..hope they upload..

Any suggestions welcome!
    10-07-2011, 07:57 PM
Holy crap! Poor thing!

Yeah, I'd say just walk her around in the paddocks on softer ground as much as you can. I am lucky enough that they have a trail course (with a bridge and everything) in our arena at the barn I board at, so I was able to walk the trail course with Aires to switch it up. Had to weave poles, laid out ground poles so we could back through them, went over the bridge, that sort of thing. He loved it.
    10-08-2011, 06:24 AM
That sounds good. I could do that in one of the paddocks, Set up sort of a little obsticle course with poles to walk through, bit of plastic on the ground etc...start introducing different objects.

I started her on grain this morning and she wasnt a bit interested in the food but thought the bucket was brilliant. Mabey we could play bucket football ha ha.
    10-08-2011, 02:09 PM
Mine thought his bucket was a fantastic toy...until I bought him a Jolly Ball (mainly because I didn't want to keep having to replace $15 buckets). Now he'll actually bring his Jolly Ball up to me while I'm cleaning his stall. Silly goob!

I think your obstacle course sounds like a great idea! Like I said, the more ground work you can do now, when she isn't rideable, the less problems you'll have once you get her saddled and going.
    10-08-2011, 03:05 PM
Yeah, we went through quite a few buckets with other horses before buying expensive ''horse proof '' ones. There was a horse here who thought if he kicked the bucket hard enough it would magicly fill back up with grain. Now we have the funny shape ones that sit into tyres.

Jolly ball sounds like a good idea. So, I'm going to set up a little couse tomorrow. So far I have coloured poles, a large piece of plastic to walk over and a kinda arch thingy with ribbons to go under. Anything else I can use?

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