Well winter has set in, which means a hiatus from riding for me. I don't like the idea of leaving my horses untouched for months. So, I am looking for suggestions on things to do during these winter months. I can't really ride because I don't have an indoor or even a plowed area to ride in. The ice and snow make riding dangerous and none of my horses have winter shoes on. I live in that area where we don't really get snow we just get snow on top of ice. I often ride alone during good weather but bad weather + bad footing makes me nervous.
So I need ideas. I would try to lunge, but my horse fell over doing that in good weather (partially because he is clumsy as all get out and partially because he was an idiot who decided to rear, pivot and run all at once) and I feel that putting him on basically horse ice skates could end poorly. Which leaves me looking for suggestions.
Right now I have worked on.
- being chill while saddled - saddling up, let them sit there and then unsaddling right away. - problem is that this often leads to the "oh I will just sit in the saddle for a few minutes" which leads to bigger things like walking around.
Now I am thinking of stupid tricks I could teach:
- backing up on voice and hand signal