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post #11 of 15 Old 02-11-2014, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Missy May View Post
I second poles. They are cheap. I use landscaping timbers. They are not heavy, they have a flat edge so you can "stack" them if you like. They come in 8', I left some 8', and cut the others in half. You have to kind of study them when you buy them and pick out the straight ones. You can lay out all sorts of "games" w them. Just remember that when you start, any "challenge" you set-up has to "doable" to give them a sense of accomplishment - then increase the difficulty. Just working with them on the ground this way doesn't take a lot of energy - which she doesn't look like she can afford to burn in excess, but it livens up their mind.
Okay cool thanks for the idea!!
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As you all see Amy has gained a good amount but I still don't want to ride her I have been lounging her and it seems to be helping only like walk and trot 10-20 minutes she's thickening up quite nice what else can I do.. I don't have a round pen so I lounge her on A line.
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post #13 of 15 Old 03-18-2014, 01:24 AM
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I'd try looking at doing some parelli with her. The 7 games is a pretty good place to start with your horse on the ground.

It looks like your doing a good job with her :)
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Look up in-hand trail class. Trail class activities are always good for keeping a horse mentally sharp.
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post #15 of 15 Old 03-21-2014, 11:56 PM
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There are a lot of good suggestions here with the poles etc. I would second the suggestion to learn Parelli. One of the reasons I like it is riding is not required. It will help you build a better relationship with your horse and make it better for riding when you get back on.
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