12-13-2011, 11:19 AM
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Really I can't think of any "games" per say, but what I try to do is spend time with them. Do the daily things that they need to trust you with and around...grooming, cleaning tack, mucking, etc.
If you are looking for fun things to do, I like setting up obstacle courses and training/teaching them on foot. Use ground poles, rocks, tree stumps, tarps, traffic cones, hay bales, anything you can think of and set up courses according to difficulty level.
Its challenging because some of the obstacles you really might need to work around, and repetition and consistency is the trick. Be patient, work slow, and have fun...your horse will learn to trust you and you guys can learn to w/t/c the courses you create depending on how comfortable you become. Change it up, make your first course in an arena/roundpen to make sure of a controlled environment, but move outside the pens and create a course on the trail, you can always progress to working the courses under saddle as well.