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post #1 of 10 Old 12-17-2012, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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New Exercises to try out

I'm getting bored of the same old routines when I'm riding. I need some new exercises and activities to try for the next time I ride. Does anyone know of any good back strengthening and stretches/ suppling exercises I could do?
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-20-2012, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 10 Old 12-20-2012, 04:41 PM
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I like trail work for this kind of thing....not just down the road or on flat ground, but I ride in wooded hillsides, over logs, up and down creek banks and up and down creek beds (lotsa water practice there!), along with riding on some flat areas as well. Riding in thickly wooded areas is not only good for keeping your horse focused on you for guidance, but it helps to make them more supple as they bend around trees, step over rocks and logs, etc.
I only have a round pen here at home, so these are the things I do to keep myself and my horse sharp minded, soft bodied, and paying attention at all times.
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post #4 of 10 Old 12-20-2012, 08:14 PM
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I don't have access to trails, and can only ride the horse I lease in the arena, so what I do is exercises around the jumps that are always there. It certainly doesn't let us get into a routine since the jumps are moved around each week, and we can do serpentines, figure 8's, and circles around them (there are usually 4-6 jumps set up each week).
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post #5 of 10 Old 12-20-2012, 09:48 PM
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Rather than just riding figures can you make games out of it all? Set up a bunch of balls on the tops of your jump standards, while riding pick up and switch all the balls around. Try carrying the balls in a spoon while riding.
You can teach your horse to 'dance' make a choreographed 'dance' set to music with your horse - you can even film it and critique your own timing and all.
Make a 'hunt' for your horse, place a series of treats around the arena, guide your horse to them to help him find them all. This helps get a horse interested in paying attention to where they are and what's around them ;) and really willing to listen to you when you lead them to food!!
You can even practice ground driving or teaching the horse tricks on the ground too :)
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post #6 of 10 Old 12-20-2012, 11:07 PM
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Obstacle training! Sidepassing over logs, walking over little bridges (or fake bridge), moving around cones in a pattern, desensitizing to a tarp or carrying a flag... I find those things fun and very good for building on trust. :) Buy some pool noodles, desensitize to those, then place them on the ground to make little mazes that you can move forwards and backwards through!
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post #7 of 10 Old 12-21-2012, 12:28 AM
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Here are the stretching exercises we do - I use carrots/packer pellets:

1. Stand toward your horse's flank and get him to turn his head to where his nose touches near his belly. Repeat on both sides.
2. Place carrot/treat between his legs and get him to lower his head.
3. Stand on a mounting block (for my horse it's a 55 gallon drum!), hold treat up in the air so he has to really elongate his neck to reach to get it.
4. Pick up front hoof like you are going to clean it but instead gently pull it forward, same with the back.

As far as fun exercises while riding, I got one of those huge horse soccer balls and have had Solon do figure eight's while pushing it. It's really fun, but really tough!!

I also put obstacles out and have him work over/around them. Poles on the ground, hay bales, tarps.

One I do on the ground is to actually play kick ball with him. So I roll the ball to him and then he rolls it back but he also has to try and move it in a pattern so it's not just a straight back and forth line.

Hope some of these help!
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post #8 of 10 Old 12-21-2012, 03:16 AM
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For things that require little to no "extra materials":
You can use the gate - as in open and close it from the saddle.
If you do not have access to a lot of poles for mazes, you can use spray paint to make "boundaries".
You can put or tie something on an existing obstacle in the arena, and retrieve it then place or tie it on some predetermined spot.
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post #9 of 10 Old 12-21-2012, 02:17 PM
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teach tricks!!! Like how to stand with all four feet on a 4x4 table 3in off the ground, and turn in a circle without falling off. Or get a small stool teach them to put their front feet on it move their back legs around it. (these start with learning spins and yielding on the ground and under saddle first.) teach bow, hug, yes, no... the possibilities are endless!!
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post #10 of 10 Old 12-24-2012, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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Oh my goodness thanks guys! I will definitely try some of these :)
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