What to do with my horse while I'm pregnant?

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    11-17-2008, 11:24 PM
What to do with my horse while I'm pregnant?

I haven't been able to ride since late June, early July because my Dr banned me from riding because I am pregnant. We have been doing a lot of ground work: Lungeing, at liberty respect training, free jumping, and long reining. BUT he is getting BORED. Unfortunently, when my horse gets bored, he starts acting up. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can cope with his boredom with ground work? I will hopefully be having the trainer at my barn ride him at least once a week soon, but I need something in the mean while. I am due late january and won't be able to ride again until at least mid feb.

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    11-18-2008, 07:43 AM
What about in-hand trail? You could set-up obstacles to go through. Otherwise I really don't know... sorry if I wasnt any help
    11-18-2008, 08:04 AM
How about teaching him to drive? It can be a whole new discipline for him and one that can be very useful and enjoyable to both of you.

(...and congratulations on the upcoming new horseperson!)
    11-18-2008, 01:10 PM
How about clicker training.

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    11-19-2008, 01:08 AM
Is there anyone at the barn that would be willing to ride him for you??? Maybe ask around??
    11-19-2008, 07:12 PM
Clicker training looks interesting, I'll have to read more into it. Unfortunently, I am at a very green barn right now, I am the only A circut rider in the barn (which makes going to big shows very lonely). So there are not any riders who are advanced enough to get on my guy except for the trainer. I was trying to find a leaser for him, but after a bad experience with leasing out, I became discouraged and didn't want to deal with the problems.

Its getting bad, I seriously don't even want to go out there to train at this point because of his acting out.
    11-20-2008, 12:06 AM
Would sending him to a trainer to deal with some of his behavioral issues be an option??? Gotta keep that bun in the oven safe.
    11-20-2008, 02:44 AM
Have you considered leasing him out until you are able to ride him again? That way you can give someone an experience of what it is like to own a horse, get a little bit of cash for your back pocket, and you will still be able to see him and continue the groundwork you are currently working on. If I were you, that's what I would do, but you might not be comfortable with someone else being with your baby boy! I would completely understand
    11-20-2008, 04:05 AM
I agree with iridehorses, if it will not interfere with what he has already been trained to do, would it hurt to try driving? If not, is there an area where he could maybe be turned out for a while until you are ready to ride again. Sometimes it is good for a horse to be free for a while and just be a horse. You could possibly have someone ride him every couple weeks just to keep him reminded of his job but turning out shouldn't hurt.

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