New Exercises to try out - The Horse Forum
  • 1 Post By Red Cedar Farm
  • 4 Post By PunksTank
  • 3 Post By existentialpony
  • 1 Post By Solon
  • 2 Post By Missy May
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 10 Old 12-17-2012, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 678
• Horses: 4
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?
eeo11horse is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 10 Old 12-20-2012, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 678
• Horses: 4
eeo11horse is offline  
post #3 of 10 Old 12-20-2012, 04:41 PM
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Missouri
Posts: 436
• Horses: 6
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.
Thunderspark likes this.
Red Cedar Farm is offline  
post #4 of 10 Old 12-20-2012, 08:14 PM
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 139
• Horses: 1
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).
aeosborne2002 is offline  
post #5 of 10 Old 12-20-2012, 09:48 PM
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 2,277
• Horses: 4
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 :)
PunksTank is offline  
post #6 of 10 Old 12-20-2012, 11:07 PM
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 728
• Horses: 1
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!
existentialpony is offline  
post #7 of 10 Old 12-21-2012, 12:28 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Oregon
Posts: 2,716
• Horses: 1
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!
Red Cedar Farm likes this.

Unless it weighs a ton... it's just a horse. Draft horse motto.
Solon is offline  
post #8 of 10 Old 12-21-2012, 03:16 AM
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
Posts: 8,318
• Horses: 0
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.
rookie and Red Cedar Farm like this.

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
Missy May is offline  
post #9 of 10 Old 12-21-2012, 02:17 PM
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: west palm beach, fl
Posts: 1,724
• Horses: 3
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!!
AnalisaParalyzer is offline  
post #10 of 10 Old 12-24-2012, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 678
• Horses: 4
Oh my goodness thanks guys! I will definitely try some of these :)
eeo11horse is offline  

Quick Reply

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
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Exercises? BarrelBunny Horse Training 0 06-27-2012 10:43 PM
Exercises HorseLoverHunter English Riding 0 05-30-2012 06:56 PM
exercises ? redlover01 Horse Talk 0 01-15-2012 07:33 PM
Exercises Laineylou Driving 4 10-15-2011 09:02 AM
Exercises?? Help Hrtspwns Jumping 2 03-21-2011 10:36 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome