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post #1 of 6 Old 11-26-2008, 06:54 AM Thread Starter
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Do you switch the training program?

Sonny gets bored easily so I changed the order of things, what do you pros think? I always groom first naturally- I am in burr hell-but yesterday I rode for an hour then did some halter work-he was not happy-had his ears pinned the whole time. I had it in my mind that he was bored= and mad or not he needs to do what I ask when I ask Correct?
We are stuck in the inside arena for the duration of winter.

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post #2 of 6 Old 11-26-2008, 07:23 AM
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I'm not a pro, but our mares would be bored crazy if they were stuck doing ring/ground work for an extended period. There are times, however, that due to weather or whatever, we need to change our activities/plans, so we...
- Are always flexible. Horses have off days, too, and some things just won't work on a particular day. Be the boss, but realize when it's time to switch to something else. Better that you make the choice before your horse does.
- Always end on a 'good note', even if it's something very easy and/or simple.
- Never get into a 'fight' with your horse. Everyone gets frustrated and loses.
- Especially with very repetative work and/or young ones, be sensitive to the difference between being lazy/not wanting to work and exceeding their attention span.

Most of it comes down to being a leader/teacher instead of just the boss/task master, IMHO.

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I am always changing my routine. Really, I have no routine!

There are a lot of things that you can work on in the indoor during the winter to keep your horse interested and learning:

* Sidepassing
* Forehand pivots
* Hindquarter pivots
* Backing
* Transitions between gaits
* Rating speed within each gait
* Obstacles
* All of the above with Obstacles
* When all of that gets really good, then try it bridleless

Or you could introduce a new discipline. A simple introduction to the basic manuevers of:

* jumping
* roping
* dressage

I could ride for hours & hours on any given day and not get bored. This stuff should keep you busy.

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post #4 of 6 Old 11-26-2008, 09:36 AM
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I'm no pro either but I agree, switching your routine is good for the horse and you
Sometimes after a long ride and we are almost at the hitching rail, I turn Vida around and head back out again. It really ticks her off but its good for her. I even switch my grooming routine around. A thing as simple as brushing first then cleaning feet or vise versa. Its good to keep them thinking about what your going to do next.


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Sonny gets bored easily so I changed the order of things, what do you pros think? I always groom first naturally- I am in burr hell-but yesterday I rode for an hour then did some halter work-he was not happy-had his ears pinned the whole time. I had it in my mind that he was bored= and mad or not he needs to do what I ask when I ask Correct?
We are stuck in the inside arena for the duration of winter.
My horse (also named Sonny hehe) gets really bored also. I find that no matter what I do his mind wanders and after a while he starts to fight because he wants to be done.

While riding, I set up lots of cones and other obsicales, I make different patterns and try to draw stuff in the sand (it's quiet fun lol).

For grooming, I make it as "interesting" as I can...I'll hide random treats in the stall for him to find (normally he finds like 1 out of the 5 lol)

Easiest thing is to mix things up as soon as possible, and make things interesting. Lots of transitions turns, and so on
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Did you have any tack on while he was in-hand? Perhaps he has a tack issue, or a pain somewhere in his body. Have his teeth been checked recently? If you are 100% sure nothing is causing him pain, just ask for more of what you are already asking for. Some horses, often the case with Morgans, are quite intelligent and constantly need to be challenged. Ask for more precision, a tighter turn or bend, introduce him to "scary things".

But first make sure he's not in pain!!
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