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    07-02-2012, 04:56 PM
  #1
Foal
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Hey!
I haven't been on here for a while, but today I thought this might be the solution for the problems I've been having for a while. So I'll give it a shot

Lately I've been through a bit of a hard time, and my energy and motivation are pretty low. This has resulted in me neglecting the training of my beloved Connemara pony Silver (she's aged between 18-22 years, and is in excellent health).
Of course I feel very bad about it, but I feel I come a bit down short with it.
I simply feel we need some new things to do together to bring the motivation up a bit, and just have a fun time together.

So this is where you horsepeople on here come in!
Any tips for FUN training/games for horse and human that we could try?
Mind, I am not interested in doing trick training like laying down, kneeling, sitting etc. No thanks.

My pony has her own mind, and doesn't like to do just about anything like some horses. But any suggestions would be highly appreciated and tried out anyhow, to see how they work with us!

So please, share what you like to do with your horses in this thread!
Thanks in advance!!

-Embla and Silver.
     
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    07-02-2012, 10:48 PM
  #2
Trained
Check out "Games" to keep my horse thinking? for a start. But you say you don't want to teach 'tricks'. So please elaborate if you want more specific info. What tricks don't you want to do, aside from those mentioned & what sort of tricks, games, etc do you want to do? Eg. Are you more interested in dressage type 'tricks' or...
     
    07-03-2012, 02:38 AM
  #3
Weanling
What a cutie!!

I would pick up the book "Let's Ride!" by Linda Tellington-Jones. It is geared more towards kids but I find the lengthy explanations in the adult book boring as heck, the kids book has bright illustrations, photos and simple explanations of many fun exercises you can do from the ground, on your pony's back, with a saddle, bareback, jumping, to riding with a neck ring! Very fun, and SAFE advice.

Http://www.amazon.com/Lets-Linda-Tellington-Jones--TTeamwork-Horse/dp/B000X9Y9XC/ref=sr_1_12?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1341297466&sr=1-12&keywords=linda+tellington+jones
     
    07-03-2012, 05:55 AM
  #4
Green Broke
I guess my question is why? This would be like asking your elderly grandmother to do "some fun new things, Grandma."

Your pony is elderly, and I fail to see why this is necessary. Let her enjoy herself by not having to be put through something that seems more designed to relieve your boredom than hers. Get yourself a hobby in other words, and let her alone.

Horses don't stand around thinking, "Gee, I'm just so bored."
     
    07-03-2012, 12:02 PM
  #5
Foal
Question

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Originally Posted by Palomine    
I guess my question is why? This would be like asking your elderly grandmother to do "some fun new things, Grandma."

Your pony is elderly, and I fail to see why this is necessary. Let her enjoy herself by not having to be put through something that seems more designed to relieve your boredom than hers. Get yourself a hobby in other words, and let her alone.

Horses don't stand around thinking, "Gee, I'm just so bored."
What, "Palomine"?..

My pony might be elderly, but she's an active kind of horse, and everyone thinks she's younger than her actual age. I'm not in ANY WAY pushing her hard, when I notice she's not up to something (that I personally originally wanted to do) I immediately stop and don't push her.
I posted her age in this thread exactly so that people reading it could take notice and not come up with games intended for younger horses.
I do not want her to be in any way misused or worn out, or unhappy.

I did NOT ask for hard training advice, I wrote in my post that I wanted to do something that BOTH OF US obviously think is fun, just something that we can do together to have a good time together.
I'm not interested in making a big training scheme, not for her nor for me.

So what you're telling me - a person that you don't even know a clue about - is "Leave your horse alone, , stop doing ANYTHING with her, that includes grooming and giving snacks, because your horse is much better off without you."
That hurts me.
Obviously you have completely misunderstood my intentions here.

To you others:
Thanks, I will look into it later, I got my nerve out a bit here now......
     
    07-03-2012, 05:02 PM
  #6
Weanling
Aww Silver, I want to give you a big hug. I understood completely what you meant and never at any time thought you were going to push your mare too far. I can tell from your OP and following that you love her. And Palomine probably isn't familiar with Connemaras, they are hardy ponies that usually live long lives of soundness, and can match the shenanigans of a Shetland any day, but usually choose not to :)

Palomine, I do find the "horses don't stand around thinking 'I'm so bored'" funny. Horses get bored all the time, hence destructive behavior. Ever heard of a horse being ring sour? It's because for some, endless circles are boring and mentally numbing for them, some horses it suits just fine, I suppose.

Different exercises keep things interesting for horses and riders, and the more fun you can add, the better. All equines benefit from being well rounded, all around horses.

And FWIW, I used to ride a Connemara/TB pony named Murphy as a kid, and if you didn't make your rides interesting for him, he was going to take it upon himself to do it! Including bolting through an open door/gate in the arena, jumping/bucking over an invisible mud puddle. Buck/farting up a hill during a jumping lesson. He was a dream when kept busy. When I started riding him he was 32 years old, by 36 he "retired" to his old farrier's farm where he "babysat" foals each spring, while going on an occasional trail ride by the means of following the mares out, loose. He lived to 43 years old and was humanely euthanized after a stroke-like episode. If someone had called him Grandpa at age 22, he probably would have (and probably did) buck them off :)
     
    07-03-2012, 05:22 PM
  #7
Green Broke
I agree :) If you don't keep horses entertained they will think of something fun to do (maybe not so fun for the rider ;)

Clinton Anderson does a lot of ground work and lots of different exercises, not that your mare needs respect training, but he has some good ideas ;) Just go to his website and watch some of his videos.
     
    07-03-2012, 05:34 PM
  #8
Foal
Thank you loads, NeuroticMare. ♥
That's how I feel too!
I wouldn't call her elderly, that's true, but of course a bigger horse that age would probably be (in some cases). :) But that varies from individual to individual, I would say that riding an old horse is fine as long as he/she seems spirited and is healthy and strong.
And Connemaras are usually VERY hardy, haha. She does know what she likes to do, and she loves to run and do all sorts of things :P
You describe it all spot on.
I hope she becomes as old as the Connemara you describe from your childhood, and stays as healthy.

And Ray Macdonald, thank you too!
I will check it out and see how it works for us.
That accounts for the other tips I've been given here too!
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    07-03-2012, 07:30 PM
  #9
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by Palomine    
I guess my question is why? This would be like asking your elderly grandmother to do "some fun new things, Grandma."
....Get yourself a hobby in other words, and let her alone.
What?? Pardon me Palomine, but you should definitely get yourself another hobby & leave your own horses alone if that's your view.

The horse is only 22yo, not even old, and many horses(especially if they're trained properly) do indeed enjoy having fun with people & do get bored.
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    07-03-2012, 07:46 PM
  #10
Super Moderator
What is it about Connemaras? I mean why are they just such bundles of mischief? Why do they have so much 'tude? And why are they so darn cute?
     

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