Making it interesting?!

       The Horse Forum > Training Horses > Horse Training

Making it interesting?!

This is a discussion on Making it interesting?! within the Horse Training forums, part of the Training Horses category
  • Pulling bag of cans horse

LinkBack Thread Tools
    01-08-2008, 12:50 AM
Green Broke
Making it interesting?!

Soooooooo obviously based on a lot of my recent posts, I have been working with my gelding on his ground manners. I have read a couple articles about trying to keep training time interesting and fun for the youngsters. How do you do that??? How do you entertain a horse?
Sponsored Links
    01-08-2008, 07:21 AM
Maybe you could try the 7 games by parelli
    01-08-2008, 07:37 AM
Keep his mind occupied. For example both mine like to lunge around the barrels. You can create some obsticles like tarp tape, rails, plastic bags on ground etc. and make him walk/lunge over it.
    01-08-2008, 09:16 AM
A couple of things I do with the little ones.
Use a bandana or small towel and play peekaboo. Cover their nose eyes ears tie it around their head and ears. I like a bandana because its a little more transparent so they can see through it more than a towel.
Jumping jacks. I jump up and down all around them (good exercise, skip the gym on the days you do this). Start at the shoulder in case they decide to kick, work your way back to the barrel with your hands on their back. Do it till they stand still. This is excellent training for the day you get on to teach them to stand still while mounting. I eventually work my way to getting them to stand with a mounting block next to them and stand still while I climb on the mounting block.
Whirlygig. With a lunge rope stand to the side and throw the rope over them till you can throw it completely around them standing on the opposite side then pull the rope till they give to the pressure and do a whirl around to you.
Just a couple of fun ones for you to try :)
    01-08-2008, 11:25 AM
I've used a hula hoop to keep things interesting.

Set up a trail course with a gate, bridge, ground poles (set in all different patterns on the ground), flowers set around the obstacles, pinwheels, etc.

A bag of cans works great for sacking out a horse.

Teach your horse to have something dragging behind him. Or start teaching him to drive.

Horse training is only limited by your imagination.
    01-08-2008, 12:57 PM
All good suggestion. Be cautious with dragging things...its a good thing to learn, but you need to go very slowly and carefully. An accident can scare them quite badly and make driving training that much harder.
    01-08-2008, 02:33 PM
Green Broke

There's a lot more than I thought! That all makes great sense. Oh I can't wait to try them hehe :)

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:39 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0