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    10-07-2013, 05:47 PM
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All my horses go Fox Hunting. This is a brilliant way to get them going!
Teaches them to go with the herd, jump all sorts of fences out of all sorts of going. It teaches them to be bold, patient and to settle under all conditions.

I have had many horses that were sour of the job they were being trained for and have come to me to do a season following hounds. It has never failed to get them enjoying their new work and they return to their 'proper' game with a different attitude.
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    10-07-2013, 05:59 PM
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Yes Foxhunting - I never had a horse that didn't love it
We had started doing some Le Trek in the UK - they enjoyed that a lot
When we can't get out to trail ride I do agility stuff with them - makes them think about something different - and not as boring a schooling.
    10-07-2013, 08:32 PM
Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
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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I agree!
I have a friend that pro-rodeos and her barrel horses also work on the ranch. I have one of her barrel prospects now and using him on the ranch before she puts him on the pattern(she doesn't have time right to ride him now and I needed another horse to ride) It makes for much saner horses and teaches them to use their bodies in all sorts of ground and conditions.

And my good horse Stilts is patterned on barrels just for fun and for something different to do.
    10-07-2013, 09:03 PM
Cow work, polo (not polocross), and packing salt.
    10-07-2013, 09:55 PM
Well, I make mine into all-around horses. The Thoroughbred I ride does showmanship, Western Pleasure Classes, English Pleasure Classes, Trail, and Barrels/Poles/Jumping Figure 8/Keyhole/Egg & Spoon/Etc... Oh also to add we work cows, do goat tying, and go trail riding. Places top in everything, amazing thing is she has been doing all of this for LESS than a year.
    10-07-2013, 10:22 PM
Anythings good to pick up! If I had cows I'd be doing cow work with my mare since she loves it (for now I just use people wanting to get in shape lol), other than that I trail ride, started her in driving, do some english and bareback work and just use her as a farm horse to fix things and get around the property.
My gelding who does dressage also does western work, halter, and I've started him doing tricks. Variety is the spice of life! :)
    10-09-2013, 07:31 AM
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I mostly do basic dressage and jumping, but I also mix it with long trail rides, an occasional gallop, ground driving, groundwork and just walking in-hand. This winter I plan on hitching my gelding to a sleigh and start driving. He has a very active mind and needs lots of different tasks and challenges to keep it fresh and interested.
    10-09-2013, 10:49 AM
Originally Posted by jaydee    
Yes Foxhunting - I never had a horse that didn't love it
We had started doing some Le Trek in the UK - they enjoyed that a lot
When we can't get out to trail ride I do agility stuff with them - makes them think about something different - and not as boring a schooling.
This is really cool! I haven't heard of many Foxhunting opportunities around my area, but the ones that are held you have to be pretty experienced in it to join, unfortunately. I tried getting into that and got turned down. I wish that there were more options like that.

I've gone to some random fun relay shows and Max seems to have a blast- anything that stretches the mind and gets him focused on what he doesn't normally do is wonderful.

Luckily we have an excellent assortment of trails and horse parks nearby in the beautiful PNW, so hauling for a trail ride is still my favorite :)
    10-09-2013, 12:30 PM
My barrel horses all worked in the feedlot in off season. As well we rode with a dressage coach and also played with some jumping. They were even asked to be kids ponies quite often and one also was used in a therapeutic riding program for a couple winters.
My current penning horses work full time on the ranch. All three work on dressage. Fred loves to jump and run barrels. Rip is also working on barrels. Zena just plays kid pony for my nephew. And right now my other half is deciding which one will be his new team roping horse....all three have been roped off of already.

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