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    09-07-2012, 06:59 AM
Keeping arena work interesting?

I have never been an arena rider, normally I do all my training on the trail. However where I am working I am riding three 2yo's who have about 69 days training now. We aren't allowed out of the arena on our own, so im stuck ha ha! We have a big campdraft arena, and we have a few trot poles, bending poles, barrels and cones.

The horses can all walk/trot/canter/gallop, stop, and all at various stages of back up, side pass, leg yield, rollbacks, and working in frame. They can all go on a loose rein and only one is struggling with her right lead.

I'm after some exercises or games I can do with them that will keep them and myself interested! I have set up some mountd games and have been playing with that, as well as cruising through the barrel pattern.

They will end up as mustering horses ridden by varied riders, so anything that helps with tolerance, braveness, agility etc. would be fantastic!
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    09-07-2012, 07:48 AM
Do you have access to any cows or calves to work with?
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    09-07-2012, 08:06 AM
Green Broke
At two years old you need to work on transitions and balance.. both IN a gait and BETWEEN gaits. It can be very physically challenging for a horse to slow down in a balanced manner at this age... and with only 70 days of training you probably need to look at that.

You can also get them used to things like plastic on the ground and putting a rain slicker on.. stuff like that.

How long are you riding each of these horses? At that age I was on them for such a short time there was really no chance for boring to set in (at least not for the horse).
    09-07-2012, 09:02 AM
One of them has been out tailing weaners and the other two we plan to get out in the next month or so - but unfortunately there are no cattle close by to play with regularly.

I normally only ride for 30 minutes or so, and am happy to stop if they give me a really good effort.

I guess as I am not used to workin in an arena I fall into the se
Routine every ride. I have been trying to ride some squares and straight lines instead of endless circles.

I have done some work moving up into a hand gallop and back to a canter and vice versa, though I have neglected the trot, and have been lazy with downward transitions! They have such a great natural stop I tend to be guilty off letting them stop all the time instead of transitioning down.
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    09-07-2012, 11:26 AM
Green Broke
Transitons from trot to walk.. and transitions IN the trot will help these babies build the muscles to better handle real work later on.

Take the circles and make serpentines. USE the trot to teach the horse to balance better. It will help the stops (later on) to be much smoother and look like less effort. Do figure 8's that are two circles touching. Spiral in and out of circles and use your leg to get the horse to track up properly. All at the trot...

Work on sensitivity.. having the small shift in your position be a turn between serpentine loops and so forth.

YOU may be bored, but the horse likely is not.

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