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post #1 of 6 Old 08-20-2013, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Easily bored horse? (What is too young to jump?)

Okay so to do a little background. I bought my 3 (now 4) year old standardbred in December, she was off the track and gaining weight. Ready to go but had no ridden work done yet. So I started her under saddle, a week after I got her. She is smart, way too smart. She gets very easily bored. Anyway she is 17 hh and 4 1/2 now. She goes very well walk and trot (she was a pacer and now only does that when nervous), and she Iearning the canter. She will canter a few strides in the arena before quitting, but in the field she will go full speed canter for 20 strides with maybe a few gallop strides in there. She does very well. But she is getting so bored. When she gets bored she bucks. I try to change it up, so I've been taking her over a few jumps and she LOVES it so much, her ears prick up and she gets so excited, and it's really helped her cantering. But I really don't like jumping her at such a young age. I've done trotting poles but she gets easily bored with them, I tried trotting a few barrels to change it up but she hated it. I do patterns and lateral work, but after a few times she is bored once again. I've taken her on trail rides, and riding in different fields, working on desensitizing, mixing things up in the arena, but she just comes up bored again. So how can I make flatwork more fun as interesting for her? I have someone else to ride with as well if you can think of any two people games.
So now every time she gets bored I pop her over a jump and continue flatwork, but I always feel guilty for jumping a baby. I was planning on waiting until she was 5 to jump, but is it acceptable to jump her maybe once a month for now, or maybe take her over some small cross rail bounces? I don't know what to do to entertain her anymore, she is just too smart to see the point in boring flatwork anymore. So games, exercises, ideas? Anything appreciated. Thanks :)
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-20-2013, 09:21 PM
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I wouldn't do any jumping till five except maybe a few random SMALL jumps every few weeks.

My guys are the same.

Ever heard of horse soccer?
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I actually have a thread somewhere about playing it. But its super fun, its really good at getting their interest and very low stress for them as youngins. Just an idea


ETA maybe have the vet out to do an exam and see what they say about her growth etc. And when they think it would be safe to start jumping

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What about creating obstacles and desensitizing her to various things? Blow some bubbles, drag stuff, tow a helium balloon, make things for her to walk over and through, etc.
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I wouldn't do any jumping till five except maybe a few random SMALL jumps every few weeks.

My guys are the same.

Ever heard of horse soccer?
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I actually have a thread somewhere about playing it. But its super fun, its really good at getting their interest and very low stress for them as youngins. Just an idea


ETA maybe have the vet out to do an exam and see what they say about her growth etc. And when they think it would be safe to start jumping
Although I agree with you about the vet and seeing when she's ready I think I'm just going to wait it out and see when my trainer thinks she ready. I'm waiting until she's 5 regardless. She's had her fair share of vet visits in the time I've had her :P first she had choke, so the vet came out for that, then her annual stuff (vaccinations, teeth floating, vet check), checking and treating ulcers (from her racing days) then I had a chiropractor come out and see her to do adjustments. I'm not complaining I knew there'd be all this stuff, including the unexpected, I just don't want to bring the vet out again unless necessary! :)
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What about creating obstacles and desensitizing her to various things? Blow some bubbles, drag stuff, tow a helium balloon, make things for her to walk over and through, etc.
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I agree sounds fun and different for my girl, but we've already done LOTS of desensitizing and bomb proofing, while she was lame (recovering from ulcers) for a month or two it's all we did :) desensitizing and tricks :) she knows hug, kiss, smile, step( start of Spanish walk), left and right, and she's learning to lay down :)
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Shapes, trails and tricks. As a off the track horse, chances are she was used for much harder things than the occasional jump. If she trained down at all she would be asked to pace a mile in as close to a minute fifty as she could. That said no need to hasten damage. I would say trying the horse soccer might be fun or even trying some trick training.
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