Groundwork exercises with low joint impact?
So, Lacey's getting older (well, I didn't start with her when she was anywhere near young, but now she's much older than young instead of just kinda old) and I'm starting to realize that at her age, lunging on a bi-weekly basis is not really a great option.
She does LOVE being lunged but at 26, 27 in the spring, it's not getting healthier for her. I'll probably continue it once a week or so since she does love love love lunging.
Only problem with cutting back her work load? She gets crazy. She really needs to be worked daily or every other day because without work, she turns into a headcase. And since I'm using her to give lessons to little kids with, I need her to have her head in the game, as it were.
I've found that if I do things that get her thinking on a daily basis, she's MUCH less nutty than she is otherwise.
The only problem is that I have no idea what I could do with her.
I would ride but our only options are a few trails that we go on pretty regularly and really offer her very little mental stimulation (which is what she needs, really). There are a few trails we can go on that change regularly, but those are all 2-3 hour long rides which, being a college student, I don't have time for regularly.
So are there any groundwork sorts of things you guys do with your horses to get them thinking but that aren't physically damaging like lunging can be?
They don't have to be long things, just about half an hour a day (minus grooming) seems to be enough to keep her mind occupied...
I've considered starting to take her on walks. That'd be good for her and me. I just have to get motivated and actually do it. It would be extra good for her leading skillz since she's a pain to lead when she wants to go somewhere faster than you do.
Fabio - 13 year old Arab/QH gelding
Hazel - 14 year old Angora goat
Atticus - 4 year old LaMancha/Alpine cross goat
Rest peacefully, Lacey.