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post #1 of 7 Old 04-24-2011, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Mental Stimuli

So some of you know me, some of you don't. :) I have a horse named Ike. He's my pride and joy (of course) except we have this little problem.

He's lame. -.-

*sigh* yes, the love of my life is lame to the point of not being able to be ridden. *headdesk* He will be going to see the vet soon (we've tried EVERYTHING... stall rest, bute, working through it...) The other problem is he is 5 years old and hyper without his usual 5 day a week workouts! He's going stir crazy and it's creating bad habits. The other day I was taking him in to groom him and he reared while I was leading him Now, THAT is something new. He's usually very calm and level headed. Never offered to do that before. My personal opinion is that he's just bored. He's out in the pasture bugging the heck out of our other two horses as we speak.
So I guess my question is what do I do? He's very smart and I feel like I'm just letting him go to waste. What can I do with him? Any ideas? I'm open to trick training (safe ONLY), ground work, games to play with him, toys to make for him... anything really. Personal stories and opinions are welcome :)
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-24-2011, 05:11 PM
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Youtube has all kinds of things you can do with your horse. Just type trick training a horse or groundwork exercises for a horse, etc.
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post #3 of 7 Old 04-24-2011, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I am aware of the youtube videos but what I'm really looking for are personal opinions on his behavior and any stories people have about their own horses going through the same situation and how they personally handled it. :)
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post #4 of 7 Old 04-25-2011, 08:14 AM
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I've gotten a apple scented jolly ball for my mare, who gets bored easily and tears things up.. it helped. or you might try a flavor lick roller. I cant think of the actuall name of them,but you hang it up and the horse can lick it.. i've seen those used for a few cribbers.
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post #5 of 7 Old 04-25-2011, 08:21 AM
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Is he in with other geldings or mares? Do the other horses he's with try to play back? We put an orange safety cone in with our horses. Our geldings like to play tug of war and keep away with it, or just toss it around.

Everyone should be allowed at least one bad habit, and that's NOT owning a horse!

Mares RULE! Geldings drool!
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post #6 of 7 Old 04-25-2011, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Hmm... traffic cone. He's love that! Thank you for the ideas everyone! :)
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post #7 of 7 Old 04-25-2011, 07:57 PM
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If he's basically on stall rest cut his feed back to hay only. He doesn't need supplemental feeding if he has no where to burn it off. That may be why he reared. When my horse couldn't be ridden we worked on ground manners, fine tuning them. I bo't a $4 beach ball and threw it into the paddock and he went after it with murder on his mind. Sometimes I'd kick it away and other times toward him. Some horses enjoy a ball, others are pretty blase. Pick up his feet until he will lift with a vocal command. This leads to bowing which can lead to laying down.
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