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        10-07-2013, 01:17 PM
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    Yearling
    Favored forms of cross training?

    I'm a firm believer that cross training is great for horses of all shapes, sizes and disciplines! I mainly ride dressage and some jumping with my boy, but we love some endurance, gaming (not competitively, just *slowly* at home to improve accuracy and have some fun) trails and other stuff.

    What's everyone's preferred forms of cross training for their disciplines? Have any good stories about them? It makes for some well rounded rides, IMO.
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        10-07-2013, 01:20 PM
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    Trained
    Barrel racing/speed events with good old trail rides. Keeps them fresh and sane.

    I also love when they are cross trained with cows. Barrels can be so mind-numbing for some horses, getting them on a cow and allowing them to think and use that brain...again...keeps them fresh and sane.
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        10-07-2013, 01:22 PM
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    Weanling
    I'm pretty much game to try anything with my horse. He's a 17 y.o grey QH gelding. We mostly do team penning but I also drive him and we show huntseat at local shows every so often. I've also done relay races with him and I trail ride a lot as well. I'd consider him to be pretty well rounded. He's not fancy but he's useful and he's a lot of fun to ride :)
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        10-07-2013, 02:00 PM
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    Trained
    I ride dressage but all my horses trail ride, hack in the field, go cross country, jump, do caveletti and bombproofing work with tarps, etc..

    Especially this time of year I spend more time outside the arena than in. Best place to school new things is in the big field behind the barn now the crops are taken off! And they can go for a good run as well.

    Cross training is also important for the rider. So I do hot yoga, weights and plyo to keep fit for riding.
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        10-07-2013, 02:24 PM
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    Green Broke
    I also ride dressage primarily, but also jump once or twice month, trail ride on the weekends when the weather's nice, and do a little bit of trick training.
         
        10-07-2013, 02:49 PM
      #6
    Yearling
    Personally I like to work horses with my horses. Starting colts, ponying other horses around, things like that. I think it makes them versatile, tough and confident. Almost like they learn to be 'leaders among horses' by doing this kind of work. That and I've found that by doing a job where the focus is on something other than how I'm riding that my riding improves. It begins to flow freely, unconsciously as the horses (both the one I'm on and the one who plays the 'cow') and myself focus instead on accomplishing a mutually understood objective. It becomes like tapping your fingers or toes to a song - as soon as you start to think too much about what you're doing you lose the rhythm but lose yourself in the music and it all falls into place.
         
        10-07-2013, 02:51 PM
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    Trained
    You should consider ANY other sport. Every horse is a specialist of sorts, but that doesn't mean your Dressage horse cannot be introduced to herding cattle or playing horse soccur (with a giant Jolly Ball) or close order drill, or mounted shooting, or even...gulp...DRIVING!!!
    It will keep his mind fresh.
         
        10-07-2013, 02:54 PM
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    Yearling
    We mainly do dressage work, but include jumping, lots of trails, just riding free, lunge work, maybe attempt some endurance. And of course ground driving (maybe later will drive a carriage).

    They enjoy it and I enjoy it. Lately it has been trails every day at walk, but he is still very keen to get into the forest and keep moving. And that's why we do it, he loves going there and keeps him very happy :)
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        10-07-2013, 02:58 PM
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    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Corporal    
    You should consider ANY other sport. Every horse is a specialist of sorts, but that doesn't mean your Dressage horse cannot be introduced to herding cattle or playing horse soccur (with a giant Jolly Ball) or close order drill, or mounted shooting, or even...gulp...DRIVING!!!
    It will keep his mind fresh.
    I wish I had access to more cattle now.. Max used to be a cow pony and has so much fun with them. He loves to play soccer and tag (safety first, of course)

    I also wish I had access to driving equipment, I would be on that like a fly on a horse! We have done ground driving using totally random things like tires. I'd love to get more into that. Lucky I have a horse willing to do all the different things I ask of him.

    Great comments everyone, keep em coming! :)
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        10-07-2013, 03:37 PM
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    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Ninamebo    

    I also wish I had access to driving equipment, I would be on that like a fly on a horse! We have done ground driving using totally random things like tires. I'd love to get more into that. Lucky I have a horse willing to do all the different things I ask of him.
    I do not have full driving equipment as I would like. However, I do have the thing on the neck, sorry, do not know the name, normally the full tack would include wooden poles to the cart and a wooden bow on top to keep it all stretched out. However, we tack up with bridle and long reigns, 2 lunges or driving reigns, put the neck thing on, attach ropes or straps with something in the back. Usually starts with just a piece of wood, then tie tyres to it etc. Gets them working and thinking.
    Sadly, they don't like games. One was playing with a bucket so I bought him a jolly ball - completely ignored. A big ball was ignored too. Makes me sad.
         

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