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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