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    12-20-2011, 01:02 AM
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This is my first time posting on here so if its weird bear with me. I have been riding an arab mix for 4 years and he has become the perfect horse. He has transformed from an unpredictable dangerous ride to a willing and brave. I also take lessons on other horses and ride at a few barns but keep coming back to my baby.

Anyway now to the problem. He responds really well to challenges and new activities but it is winter and my facilities are VERY limited(a field that is often too wet to ride, a round pen, long stretch of dirt road, and trails). He is behaving well and I am out of ideas to keep him entertained. Without new challenges, he gets restless and either his spookiness comes back or he turns into a zombie.
For the natural horseman people, he is a Left brained extrovert.

He has an old injury and cannot jump anymore, I am working toward high level dressage. He can pilaf, canter pirouette, leg yield at canter and trot...(not perfectly but well for my skill level)

My main focus right now is improving our flying lead changes but I can only work on this for about 10 minutes at a time before he gets either bored or frustrated.

I need activity ideas, training ideas, new things to teach or my favorite ride will lose his mind again.
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    12-20-2011, 11:21 AM
IMO you can't really do much with a wet field, round pen, long dirt road, and trails for riding except having fun on trails. You could let him have a break from his training to have fun.

Ground work is something you could work on in the round pen.

Here are some things I like my horse to be able to do on the ground:
- stand square
- back up with light/no contact
- roll back on lunge
- ground ties (makes bathing a LOT easier)
- side-pass

And some things under saddle that you could work on when the field is dry:
- back up with light contact
- turn on haunches/forehand
- stopping as soon as you ask
- half pass (is that what you meant when you said leg yield?)
- extended & collected gaits
- & just to be fun in the round pen you could work on bridless

You could also teach him tricks, some really help stretch your horse like bowing.
During the winter is when I work on my horse's tricks, here are some that I do:
- smile
- give kisses
- hug
- shake hoof (can advance to count & spanish walk)
- yo-yo (Jessica Forsyth has a good video up of it; its a Parelli game)

Hope this helped. :)
    12-20-2011, 11:37 AM
My arab loves obstacle courses ... riding or leading through
I use anything and everything I have at home and I practice my ground work through the course

So if I want to work on halting, or side passing, backing up, going forward, etc etc I do it with other obbjects around. It keeps his mind busy and I can do it at different gaits without getting him bored because we attack each obstacle differently

You could try something like that :)

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