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post #1 of 16 Old 05-21-2012, 05:16 AM Thread Starter
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Smile Obstacle courses training anyone?

I really want to build an obstacle course but I need some ideas on what obstacles to make. So anyone got any Ideas?

Heres what i've got so far
1) pool noodles
2) hula hoop that makes noise(saw this on youtube they put it over the horses head and its bum. really neat)
3) tarp to walk over ( have one!)
4) bag of cans to shake
5) Barrels
6) Ramps (not sure how to make them tho. Any one made them before?)
7) Water box ( I can wait to make one of these!)
8) Platte (sp?) to drag behind the horse

Any other ideas would be awesome preferably easy to make ones and cheap doesn't hurt either lol

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post #2 of 16 Old 05-21-2012, 10:01 PM
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obstacle course ideas

There are lots of pictures of different kinds of obstacles on my website Gentle Dove Farm Enjoy!
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post #3 of 16 Old 05-21-2012, 11:36 PM
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Plastic flower pots... Lots of them! Turn them upside down and the horses can pick their way through a field of them, ideally w/o knocking them over
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Believe it or not, little garden pebbles. Put down two pieces of wood about 2-3 feet apart. If you go to the local garden store, buy a couple bags of little garden pebbles. Make sure they are the kind that make noise when they are walked on. Spread them evenly between the poles and ask your horse to walk through them. Some horses don't care at all, and others hate them. But they sure are fun to listen to! Plus, if you ever encounter them on a trail, your horse won't be scared at all.
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I'm excited to find this post, I volunteer at a horse sanctuary and I'm eager to start working on building up the confidence of some of our soon to be lesson horses to create a safer environment for our students! Sorry I don't have much to add yet, but I'll be watching the post for more ideas!
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Gentle Dove Farm- thanks for website the video had some great ideas in it!

KarrotKreek-flower pots i'll had them to my list!

crazyfilly- interesting idea who would have thought garden pebbles lol

trvlingheart- awesome! I hope we can all kinds of great ideas!
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check out American competitive trail horse, (ACTHA) they have some videos of the obstacles they use.
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post #9 of 16 Old 05-24-2012, 02:05 AM
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I made an obstacle with balloons and pop them as we walked through.
Another I made was hang up two bed sheets and go through them.
I also made a big square out of lumber and filled it up with empty soda bottles. Or I tied walmart sacks together, a lot of them, and made the horses go through.
Another one, I dug out a ditch and filled it up with water. It was pretty muddy. I think that one was hated the most. My mare goes through anything and it took her a while, I had to lead her through it first.
You can also tie a bicycle horn to a pole and honk it as you go by.
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post #10 of 16 Old 05-24-2012, 02:37 AM
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Now you put the thought into my head and I am thinking about all the things I could do!
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