At the last barn Sonny used to love chasing me in both pasture and arena and rolling.
Rolling: He used to do that EVERY single time he was in the arena without a saddle on. I used to turn him out in the arena before I groomed him so he could have a nice long roll. We did that every single time and he seemed to enjoy all of it. But one day as he was rolling, me and another girl that I used to take lessons with where setting up some groundpoles to trot the horses over and the minute Sonny went down to roll she scared him!!
Ever since then he hasn't wanted to do it infront of anyone, or in the arena. If he goes down in the pasture to roll by chance and he sees me, even if I'm not paying attention to him, he'll immediately stand up and run off. Now he's gotten better where he won't run off, but he will just stand up and not continue to roll. I know he does roll cause how else would his back get THAT dirty at times, but I feel bad that the one incident with that girl spooking him would not let him trust anyone while rolling.
Chasing me: I used to turn him out in a large pasture or the arena and just let him chase me. He'd trot/canter to follow me, he'd turn when I turned...so on and so forth. When I stopped, he'd stop and come up to me and nudge me to continue, and when I said that's enough he'd put his head down (lol). But since moving to the new barn he really has lost most of his interested in chasing me. He'll follow me no problems....but no chasing. I got him to do it once......but can't get him to repeat himself.
He has a huge play drive...he absolutely loves climbing on stuff...I'll let him step on the raised platform they have in the obstical course, and his eats were totally perked up, he became alot ligher throughout his body and would hop on then platform than off of it. Same goes with the tires filled with sand. He loves to go on them (though he doesn't realize that if he goes on in an angle it's impossibly for him to get his back feet on also lol). We'll do that both while on line or riding and he does enjoy it....but I know I'm not reaching his full play drive.
Any ideas of ways to get him more interested in playing? I'm going to spend a whole lot more time in the obsitcal course than I used to doing the stuff he likes, but I really want him to be able to relax and have fun in the arena with me like we used to.