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post #1 of 4 Old 07-14-2012, 04:50 AM Thread Starter
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Could use some fun training ideas

Okay so you guys know Selena. 6yr old bay QH mare, Lean With Me x Chexintheexpresslane.

Well lately when I've been working her at home I've felt really bored, and so is she. We do a lot of differant things but it's to the point where she has them all down to a T. I feel like we've reach a dead end, to the point where I do these things to try and dig until I find her making a mistake but she just...doesn't anymore.

Now she's not perfect, she still has a lot of holes that need to be worked out in an actual arena (We don't have one at home, just a pasture and a round pen) but at home is where we are losing ideas. I started taking her out on trails but she's losing patience with those too (Admittedly so am I), and I'm not comfortable taking her out in the "great beyond" trails alone because there's no way to be reached if something happened. I started doing ground poles with her, doing tiny crossrails (We aren't jumpers, I'm really just stretching for things to do...), roping (We've roped Ruger's head an uncountable number of times), along with a lot of our lateral work, cardio work, and things like that.

Long story made short, I just want to find something fun, new, and exciting to work on at home and then work on the other stuff in the arena when I go to work. Even tricks I'm open to. Some sort of new "button" to teach her. On the ground or in the saddle, doesn't matter. Or even some fun new flatwork routines, or anything really.

FYI - I already tried teaching her to bow, but I don't have a one-leg hobble and she doesn't fall for the carrot thing. >.> Also tried teaching her to smile, but she won't lift her lip. I watched it on the Clinton Anderson DVD, putting your fingers on their top lip to teach them to smile. (If anyone has some non-harmful substance I could put on my fingers to try getting her lip up, that'd be helpful too, and please don't lecture me on the dangers of mouthy horses because the chunk missing out of my side and the nerve damage in my leg is a constant reminder :P She's not one to get lippy and if she does we'd obviously end the trick training there.)

Oh goodness, sorry for the late night thread guys, I was lying in bed thinking "What in the world am I going to do with Selena tomorrow...."

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-14-2012, 07:16 AM
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dressage perhaps
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post #3 of 4 Old 07-14-2012, 08:36 AM
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Ok i had exactly the same problem and since me and my horse, Houston, aren't really jumpers or anything I decided to look up some horse games on the internet and these are what I found.

1. you could try broom polo with a broom and a soccer ball
it's fun to do alone or with other people and it teaches your horse to nt be afraid of big stuff flapping next to them while your riding.

You could try noodle jousting!!!
you know those pool noodle floaty things just get a friend or not ( this is another wavy thing over your horses head) and CHARGE (safely charge)
The good thing about these two it that it might take a while for your horse to get use to them so you have some time to think of more stuff to do.

3.) you could try riding bareback, bridleless, or have absolutly nothing.

4. try doing some galloping bareback (little dangerous but really fun!!!)

PS. if you need anymore just ask.
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